Isn’t it just so annoying when you go to install a new app, only to find that you haven’t got enough space on your phone?
Naturally you begin to think of what apps you could live without, and scroll through your photos to delete old ones.
Whilst those are quick ways to free up space on your phone, here are 4 tricks to free up space on your phone without taking drastic measures.
#1: Clear your browser cache on Safari and Chrome
A browser cache is a temporary storage location on your phone for files that are downloaded by your browser to display websites.
When using Safari and Chrome, your iPhone may be storing web history and other data that you simply do not need.
This takes up unnecessary space on your phone.
In order to clear your cache in Safari, go to Settings>Safari>Clear History and Website Data.
Do the same for Chrome by going into the app settings, and selecting Clear Browsing data.
Once you have followed these two steps, check to see how much space has been freed up.
#2: Stop storing texts forever
Your iPhone stores all of the messages that you send and receive in chat threads, meaning that you can scroll up to see your entire conversation history with each of your contacts.
Whilst this setting is great if you need to look up a conversation that you had with someone years back, it takes up valuable storage on your phone.
In order to stop your phone saving texts forever, head to settings>Messages>Message History>Keep messages.
There, you will see that you can select either 30 days or 1 year. Once you have made your selection, a pop-up message will ask you if you would like to delete your older messages; tap delete to proceed.
Once this is done, you will still see all of your contacts in the messaging app, but only the most recent messages that you have sent and received will show.
#3: Delete downloaded content that you won’t use again
If you only tend to listen to your podcasts once, keeping them on your phone is a waste of space!
Head over to your Settings>General> Storage & iCloud usage>Manage Storage, then go through your podcasts and delete the ones that you won’t listen to again.
Likewise, do the same if you have books downloaded to your iPhone that you are unlikely to read again. If you use Safari, your offline reading list may also be consuming your data.
To clear your offline reading list, open up the Settings app, and go to General> Storage & iCloud Usage>Storage>Manage storage, then delete your offline reading list if you no longer need it of course.
It’s also worth checking to see if you have any voicemails saved on your phone that you no longer need.
#4: Stop Double saving photos
You may have noticed that your phone saves two versions of your photos by default. This takes up more space on your phone.
In order to deselect this feature, go to Settings>Photos & Camera> Keep Normal Photo
Following these 4 quick tricks should help you to free up some space on your iPhone, making room for new downloads.