CHECK YOUR STORAGE USAGE
originally published November 2016
Start with checking to see how much memory is being used by the different applications on your phone. Go to your Storage Information Screen. Here’s how to get there: Settings > General > Storage and iCloud Usage > Manage Storage (step-by-step in the images below)
The Storage Information Screen will list all applications on your phone in order of how much space they are currently using. (In this example 3.12 gigabytes is being used by Photos & Camera)
DELETE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS (AND CHECK THE RECENTLY DELETED ALBUM!)
Delete any unnecessary or duplicate photos and videos. These are usually the biggest culprits of data use.
- On your phone’s home screen, tap your Photos icon.
- Once in your Photos, tap the small Albums icon at the bottom right, this will show you all of your photo Albums. (You can verify you’re in the right place by making sure the word, “Albums” appears at the top of your screen in the middle.)
- Scroll down to see the Recently Deleted, tap on that icon.
- Once in the Recently Deleted album, tap the word “Select” at the top right corner of your screen. Now, you can select individual photos or videos to delete or choose to delete everything in this album by tapping the words, “Delete All” at the bottom left corner.
(step-by-step in the images below)
After 30 days, your iPhone will automatically delete any photos or videos you’ve put in the Recently Deleted album. These steps are just to help free up space immediately.
HOW LONG DO YOU KEEP TEXT MESSAGES?
Text messages can start to take up a lot of space. Consider keeping your texts for only 30 days before they automatically expire. Here’s how to get there: Settings > Messages > Keep Messages > Choose 30 Days by tapping on it (step-by-step in the images below)
OTHER PLACES TO CHECK
Are you using all of the Apps that are on your phone? Deleting apps can help with freeing up space. To delete an app, touch it and hold until all the apps on that screen start to jiggle (or wiggle). A small ‘x’ will appear on all of the jiggling apps, and you can click the ‘x’ on any of the apps you wish to delete.
Voicemail. Make sure your voicemails are tidied up. You can also make sure that deleted voicemails are permanently gone by scrolling to the very bottom of your voicemail page. If you see a “Deleted Messages” folder there, tap on it to select it. On the next screen that shows ‘Deleted’ messages, click the words, “Clear All” in the top right of your screen to delete all of these.
Finally, make sure you don’t have a lot of music downloaded to your phone by checking your Music Library. It’s the app icon with the musical note on it.
We hope these tips help you continue to capture the moments important to you.