1. Delete Unwanted Photos & Highlight Memories
Let’s face it, we all tend to put off going through our phones and deleting all those thumbnails we never sent to the group chat, or screenshots we don’t need anymore, or any of the other miscellaneous photos we take but don’t actually need to archive, but doing so can free up a huge chunk of storage you may have unknowingly on your phone. Then, you can easily curate what media you need to keep on your phone, like family photos, dog videos, etc. and what you can upload to your computer or store in a cloud-based service.
2. Clear Out Old Text Messages
Your iMessage or WhatsApp chats can be secret sources of tons of data. All those voice memos, meme screenshots, or other media add up over time. Go through your messaging apps and delete old threads you don’t actually need to go back to, as well as the photos, voice memos, or videos you sent through them. If old texts never spark joy for you, you can also set up automatic message deletion in the same zone where you can offload apps.
3. Organise Your Storage
One of the most vital steps of freeing up space on your iPhone is to do a deep dive into what’s actually taking up that space. Fortunately, iOS 11 has a handy tool to help you with that.
Simply go into Settings, then tap General, then iPhone Storage. You’ll then see a bar that indicates how much is on your phone, broken down into categories that are ranked by size. This particular section of your phone also has easy tools to help you automatically clear out space, like the “Offload App” feature, which uninstalls apps you don’t use regularly. This section will also show you the last time you used the apps on your phone.
4. Delete Old Music & Podcasts
If you’re someone who uses Apple Music, it’s easy to unknowingly fill up your phones storage with music you probably didn’t think twice about. Luckily, it’s fairly easy to find your downloaded songs to delete them. To do so, simply go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage and find Apple Music on the list. You can swipe to delete individual songs or you can swipe on All Songs at the top to delete all.
If you’re someone who uses Spotify for easily accessible music, the streaming service makes it a little harder to track down your downloads. You will need to open the app, tap Your Library and then choose to view by Album or Playlist. Swipe down to reveal the Filter option and add the Downloads filter, which shows only the albums or playlists you have downloaded. Then open any albums or playlists listed and tap to turn off the toggle switch for Downloaded.
Similar to music, you might also have a number of podcasts downloaded to your iPhone. Unlike music, it’s doubtful you’ll return to a podcast for repeated listening. If you use the stock Podcasts app, it’s easy to delete your downloads. Head back to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage and tap Podcasts. There’s no way to delete all at once, so you’ll need to go down the list, swiping to delete the podcasts for each show.
5. Delete Your Reading List
Chances are that you didn’t know your phone had a reading list, but it can actually be a storage-hog on your phone without you even realising it. Safari’s offline reading list can take up unnecessary space saving web pages for you to read when you have no internet connection. To clear Safari’s offline reading list, open up the Settings app and go to General > Storage & iCloud Usage. Under Storage, tap Manage Storage > Safari. Swipe left over the words Offline Reading List and tap Delete to clear the cache.
Doing this will not delete individual items from your reading list: To do that, open the Safari app, go to your Reading List and swipe left over items you want to delete.