Plagued by the fact that your iPhone seems to know the precise moment of ultimate inconvenience to say “storage almost full” or worst “cannot take photo”, we’ve scoured the interwebs for the seven quick and easy things you can do to make room.
1. Ascertain the storage-sucking culprits
Who’s the greediest of them all? Find out via Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage then cull rarely used apps accordingly. Photo-related apps are usually the worst.
2. Stop ‘automatically’ saving WhatsApp pictures
To prevent the app from automatically saving images and video that you receive into Camera Roll, toggle off the function via WhatsApp > Settings > Chats > Save Incoming Media.
3. Stop ‘automatically’ saving Instagrams
Rid your phone of those duplicated ‘grams post-posting by toggling off the function via Instagram app > Options (the gear icon on the top right of your profile) > Save Original Photos.
4. Don’t double up with HDR
Perhaps the quickest way to halve the storage suck. If in fact the iPhone’s HDR feature is helping you capture better photos, you probably don’t need it to keep the ‘normal’ photos as well. Toggle off the duplicates via Settings > Photos & Camera > Keep Normal Photo.
5. Don’t compromise, optimise
Making the most of the ‘cloud’, your iPhone can store low-res ‘optimised’ versions of photos and videos on your iPhone, and upload the full resolution copies to your iCloud if you tell it to, free-ing up more…you guessed it…space. Make it happen via Settings > (iCloud Photo Library needs to be toggled on) > Optimise iPhone Storage
6. Give messages an expiry date
Not a favourite among sentimental sorts, you can change your settings so messages automatically delete after a month or a year instead of the current ‘forever’ setting you have it on. Go to Settings > Messages > Keep Messages and tick the time frame that suits your storage needs best.
7. Delete your photos…again
Unfortunately, the same stop gap measure for accidental deletion means unwanted photos aren’t actually gone when you dump them. So, to make room fast go to Photos > Albums > Recently Deleted and ‘select’ and ‘delete all’.