When it comes to phones, the complaints I most often get from people are: "My battery life stinks!" and "Help! I'm running out of storage!"
Apple has been working to fix both with changes to its software. It's easier than ever to see the clutter that's taking up all of the space on your phone, giving you more room for things you want to store, like music and new apps.
Here are a few things you can do on your iPhone to free up some space.
Your iPhone might be loaded with apps you've downloaded over the years, but there might be a bunch hidden in folders you forgot about long ago. You can see which apps you use often and which ones you've never used. Just do this:
Tip: If you're removing a game that's really big and don't want to lose saves or other data associated with your account, you can choose "Offload app" instead of "Delete app" to save that data for later.
One of the best ways to save space is to keep your pictures in the cloud. As cameras have improved on phones, the sizes of the images and video we capture have drastically increased. Google Photos is a lot of fun since it will auto-enhance them, automatically suggest albums and remind you of fun times in the past. You can download it from the App Store. Or, if you want to stick with an Apple product, check out Apple Photos, which has some of the features of Google Photos. Turn it on by doing this:
Your iPhone is smart enough to manage software for you, and can automatically remove apps you don't use often to make room. I usually leave this option off because I want to know when an app is deleted first, but this is a smart way for your iPhone to manage its own storage. To turn it on:
See what your iPhone recommends you delete.
Your iPhone will also make recommendations on ways you can save space. Mine says I can save 91.38GB by deleting all of the videos I've downloaded from iTunes, for example, though I prefer having those saved locally. To see what your iPhone recommends, do this:
Spotify and Apple Music are relatively small apps, but they can balloon in size as you download music for offline listening. You should see if there are any songs you don't really need downloaded, since you can always just stream them over a Wi-Fi or cellular connection. To do this in Apple Music, do this:
In Spotify, you can save space by doing this:
Or you can delete saved songs by doing this:
You might save videos offline for playing on a plane. They take up a lot of space, so you should get in the practice of deleting them. That will be one recommendation offered by your iPhone, but sometimes you might have downloaded them outside of iTunes, in apps like Netflix. To delete them, do this:
iMessage can take up a ton of space if you hang on to your texts, especially if there are a lot of videos and pictures. My colleague's iMessage was taking up more than 3GB of storage on his phone, for example. You can check this and get rid of large attachments by doing this: