iPhone Storage Full: Tips to Shoot Out Storage Hogging Files and Optimize iPhone

When your iPhone storage is full, you have to cover a lot of ground to reclaim the desired storage. To make your task a bit more convenient, we have compiled all the ways and means to remove the storage hogging files and ideally optimize your iOS device.

As you are trying to download an all-new app, a popup appears with the warning: Your “iPhone Storage almost Full,” triggering an alarm that it’s high time to remove all the storage hogging apps and files. Before you start thinking of where to start the cleanup process from and optimize the iPhone storage by getting rid of the redundant data, let me tell you straight away that you need to finally deal with all those junkies that have resided on your device storage for ages a bit more sternly!

Unlike before, removing the unnecessary files from an iOS device that is running low on storage is a tad straightforward. In most cases, you can reclaim plenty of space on your iPhone just by shooting out duplicate photos, large message attachments and getting rid of all the unused apps. Frankly speaking, it all boils down to your priority and wisely keeping the storage huggers at bay. And for that, you have to keep your emotions in check!

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Offload Apps or Delete All the Unwanted Apps from Your iPhone

Once you have decided to clean up the mess, the first thing you should do is eliminate all the apps that you hardly use. Yeah, it may be a slightly emotional decision, but it’s worth having a go especially when your iPhone is cluttered for space.

You can quickly find out the apps that have hijacked tons of storage on your device. If you think that you can live without them, eliminating them would be a clever option.

iOS 11 or later offers you more flexibility, allowing you to offload an app without having to delete its documents and data. And when you reinstall the app, you will be able to reinstate the associated data.

Now, I would recommend you to offload only the apps, which data you may need to get in future. And go for the complete deletion, if you don’t want to keep their data any longer.

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Follow these simple steps to offload unused app.

Get Rid of All the Duplicate Photos and Videos

If you have stored tons of videos and photos on your devices, they may have consumed a lot of storage. Delete all the duplicate and unwanted clips, as well as images, will be a smart idea. It will go a long way in retrieving some precious space on your device. Simply head into the Photos app → tap on Select at the top right → choose all the unneeded images and delete them.

Make sure to empty the recently deleted folder as well. To do so, go to Recently Deleted folder → Tap on Select at the top right corner → choose the photos you wish to remove permanently and then hit Delete.

Permanently Delete iPhone Photos

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Don’t want to delete your memorable photos?

You can transfer your images to Mac or PC to free up space on your iOS device without needing to delete the photos. Ensure that your Mac has the latest version (12.5.1 or later) of iTunes installed.

Step #1. Connect your device to your Mac with a USB cable. You may get a prompt on the iOS device asking you to Trust This Computer. Tap Trust to proceed.

Then, open Photos app on your Mac → select your iPhone under Devices section in the sidebar.

Now, the app will display an Import screen with all the photos and videos that are available on your iPhone.

Step #2. To move your photos, choose the images you wish to transfer and then click Import Selected. If you want to import all the latest images, click Import All New Photos.

In macOS High Sierra or later, all of your imported photos are stored in Photos app’s Import album. In the earlier version of macOS, they will be landed in the Last Import album.

Import Photos from Your iOS Device to PC Running Windows 10

You can move photos from your iOS device to your Windows PC using Windows Photos app.

Just make sure your computer has the latest version of iTunes (12.5.1 or later) installed.

Step #1. Connect your device to your computer using the USB cable.

When you get a prompt on your computer asking you to Trust This Computer. Tap Trust to continue.

Step #2. Ensure that your phone is on and unlocked. Next, you need to open the Photos app on your PC.

Step #3. Now, click on Import and select From a USB device.

Step #4. Next, go ahead with the on-screen instructions. Choose the items you wish to import and select where to save them.

What if you don’t have the computer or wish to transport all of your photos to the iCloud to not just clear space on your iOS device but also make the images available across the devices? You can get it done as well using iCloud Photo Library.

Enable iCloud Photo Library

Step #1. Open Settings → Apple ID banner.

Tap on Settings then Profile on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Tap on iCloud → Tap on Photos.

Tap on iCloud then Photos in iPhone Settings

Note: On iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Settings → iCloud → Photos.

Step #3. Now, turn on iCloud Photo Library and select Optimize iPhone Storage to make more space on your device.

Enable iCloud Photo Library on iPhone or iPadEnable Optimize Storage for iPhone Photos

If Optimize Storage is turned on, all of your smaller photos are kept on your device, but the original, full-resolution versions will be stored in iCloud.

Apple offers 5GB of iCloud storage free of cost. Currently, the tech giant offers three plans: 50GB ($0.99/month), 200GB ($2.99/moth) and 2TB ($9.99). If you get 200GB or 2TB plan, you will be able to share the iCloud storage with other members of the Family Sharing group.

If your iCloud Storage is also running low on space, remove the documents and data of the apps to make room for the new files.

Step #1. Open Settings app → Tap on your profile.

Tap on Settings then Profile on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Now, tap on iCloud → Tap on Manage Storage.

Tap on iCloud then Manage Storage on iPhone or iPad

Step #3. Next, tap on the app → Tap on Delete Data → Tap on Delete to confirm.

Delete App Data on iPhone or iPad

Besides, you can also delete all the old iCloud backups from your iOS device to retrieve some valuable space.

Eliminate All the Unneeded Music

If you have a plethora of albums and songs, don’t fail to review and delete the ones you don’t need anymore. It can do a world of good for your iPhone storage.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → Tap on General.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone or iPadStep #2. Now, tap on iPhone/iPad Storage.

Tap on iPhone Storage in Settings

Step #3. Next, scroll down and tap on Musictap on the album you wish to get rid of.

Tap on Music then Tap on Album in iPhone Storage Settings

Step #4. Next up, tap on Edit at the top → tap on the red button and select Delete.

Delete Unwanted Music from iPhone or iPad

Time to Clean Up Messages App

The Large Videos and GIFs, which you have shared with your friends via iMessage, may have made life difficult for your device. And, it would be apt to do away with them as well. Thankfully, iOS allows you to review all the shared media and bulk delete them at one go.

All of your old emails and attachments may have also played their part in cluttering your device. Eradicating them would be a better option.

Enable Messages in iCloud

With iOS 11.4, the iCloud support for Messages has gone live. Hence, you can sync entire message history with the cloud and access it across the device. Apart from offering an additional layer of security to your messages, it can also let you free up some storage from your iPhone. If you have plenty of iCloud storage left, enabling “Messaging in iCloud” is worth a consideration. Check out this post for more information.

Do Away With Old Email And Attachments

To eliminate your old emails and attachments, all you need to do is just delete your account and re-add it.

Step #1. Open Settings app → Tap on Accounts & Passwords.

Tap on Settings then Accounts & Passwords in iPhone or iPad Settings

Step #2. Tap on an Email account.

Tap on Mail Account on iPhone or iPad Settings

Step #3. Tap on Delete account and confirm.

Delete Mail Account from iPhone or iPad

Now, re-add the account by tapping on Add New.

Review and Delete Unnecessary Podcasts

Another thing that can perfectly serve your purpose is to eradicate all the redundant podcasts. Fortunately, iOS offers you the needed command to review and delete the ones you don’t wish to keep any longer.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on General.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Tap on iPhone/iPad Storage.

Tap on iPhone Storage in Settings

Step #3. Tap on Podcasts.

Tap on Podcasts in iPhone Storage Settings

Step #4. Just like the way you have dealt with music, you can offload the app or delete it.

As we are talking about removing the junkies, tap on Edit → tap on the red button next to the podcast you want to remove and then hit the Delete button.

Delete Podcasts from iPhone or iPad

Clear Safari History and Website Data

Haven’t cleaned up Safari for a long time? Its history and website data may have taken away quite some precious space from your device storage. Follow this complete guide to clear Safari history.

Delete all the Redundant Voicemails

If you don’t want to leave any stone unturned, leaving voicemails wouldn’t be a smart option. Eradicate them as well.

Step #1. Open Phone app → Voicemail → select the voicemail → Next, tap on it or swipe right to left across to show up the Delete button → finally, tap on Delete button.

Step #2. If you wish to delete multiple voicemails, launch Phone app → Voicemails → tap on Edit → then choose the voicemails → in the end, hit Delete.

Clear the Cache of All of your Apps

How about the apps, which you use a lot? Now, we are going to shift our focus on deleting all the cache and history of third-party apps. As most apps allow you to remove the cached files from your iOS device, you will be able to finish them off without any hassle.

Reset Your Device to Factory Settings

Wiping out all the existing settings and website login details may not yield you a lot of space but if you are willing to have a clean slate, going for this solution can be worth a consideration. Don’t worry; it won’t erase your media and data on your device. Open Settings app → General → Reset → Reset All Settings.

Tap on Reset then Tap on Reset All Settings on iPhone XReset All Settings on iPhone X

Restore Your Device As New

If you have followed all the above steps, you may have reclaimed tons of space on your iPhone. But if you aren’t happy with what you have got, you should consider restoring your device as new. Keep in mind, it will wipe out everything that exists on your iPhone and install the latest version of iOS. Hence, be sure to back it up before going for the kill!

Make the Most of iPhone Cleaning Apps or Software to Never Let Junk Files Pile Up

I understand deleting unnecessary files manually can be tedious. And you may not be able to do it consistent—especially when dealing with dozens of storage hogging apps and files. Hence, it’s better to take the help of iOS device cleaning apps to nip the junkies in the bud!

To make it easier for you to choose the finest option, we have lined up the best iPhone cleaner apps. So, do check them out.

That’s pretty much it!

Wrapping up

Assuming you have finally won the long fought battle and retrieved your valuable storage. Along with that, the hard lesson—never to let the junkies pile up endlessly. Let us know your feedback down below in the comments.

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Jignesh Padhiyarhttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.

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