Check out 5 steps to free up storage space on your iPhone
Enabling automatic message deletion mode and improving the quality of camera photos can save space on your device’s memory
Throw the first stone who has never run out of memory in your cell phone, especially with iPhones , which unlike Android smartphones , do not accept memory expansion by SD cards.
Not all Apple fans have enough resources to buy iPhones with a large storage capacity. As a result, it is natural for users of iOS devices to experience headaches when filling the maximum capacity.
The value of iPhones can vary depending on the storage capacity, ranging from 16 to 512 GB. Photo: Unsplash
If you have this problem, don’t despair. We have listed 5 tips that can help you free up space on your iPhone. Check out:
1. Activate your camera’s HEIF function
Users of iPhone 7, or higher versions that have iOS 11 installed, can activate HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format) mode in photo captures. Basically, it is an optimized version of JPEG, with more image quality and a smaller file size.
According to Apple, you can store twice as many HEIF photos compared to JPEG.
The caveat is that not all devices support the format, but several applications can convert to JPEG in seconds.
- Go to “Settings”;
- Enter “Camera”;
- Touch “Formats” and select “High Efficiency”.
The other option – which also works for the most current models – is to use iCloud for image storage. With that, the records will be stored in maximum resolution in the cloud and the device will save the images in smaller versions, with reduced qualities.
Attention: if you have iPhones with versions earlier than 7, you can reduce the quality of the photos to save considerable space in your gallery.
2. Exclude media from your conversations
The method may seem “painful” to those who like to save all files for a given conversation, but you have probably already saved the media in the Photos app, resulting in duplicate images.
The process can be quick or long, depending on the amount of media exchanged in the chat.
- Enter the desired conversation manually and press and hold the photo or video;
- Click on “More …”;
- Select the desired files;
- Touch the trash can in the lower left corner and confirm the “Delete message” message.
If you’re using iOS 11, there’s an easier way to clean up.
- Go to “Settings”;
- Click on “General”;
- Go to “iPhone Storage”;
- Touch “Review large attachments”.
Ready. Now just click on “Edit” and delete all selected files.
Golden tip: You can also exclude GIFs and animations used in conversations.
3. Enable automatic message deletion
Despite nostalgic moments when saving the entire message history, know that they occupy precious space on your device.
You can activate the automatic deletion mode with predefined time.
- Go to “Settings”;
- Go to “Messages” and enter “Message History”;
- Go to “Keep Messages” and set the expiration time.
Tip: it is possible to use the same resource for audio messages, in the Messages configuration tab itself.
4. Delete unused applications
It doesn’t make sense to occupy memory with tools that you barely remember installing, right?
On devices with iOS 11, there is a quick feature to delete unused applications.
- Enter “Settings”;
- Access “General” and click on “iPhone Storage”;
- Enable the “Uninstall unused apps” option.
Activating the mode will uninstall unused applications when storage is low, but will retain data. That is, if you reinstall the tools, they will be restored to the same state as before.
5. Erase app caches
Some applications store a lot of data in their memory, and if you don’t care about your search and cookie history, deleting the cache can be a great option to save space on your device.
Basically, you will have to log into each application and look for an option to delete the stored data. Apps like Twitter and Spotify have mechanisms within the platforms.
For you to perform the action on Twitter:
- Touch your Twitter profile icon;
- Go to “Settings and privacy” and access “Data usage”;
- Go to “Media storage” and click “Clear media storage”; do the same with “Web storage”.
Tip: If you don’t see the option in other applications, you can delete and reinstall them. The action will cause the app to run “from scratch”.