Top Ways To Free Up Space WhenYour iPhone Storage Is Full

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It's almost inevitable that at some point in time while you own your  iPhone you are going to run out of storage, especially if you have a 16GB model.  Every time there is a software update more storage is sucked from your  phone and as your photos, videos, music and apps accumulate your storage begins to dwindle.   These top ways to free up space when your iPhone storage is full. These top ways to free up space when your iPhone storage is full have been really helpful to me in keeping my storage in check.  Be sure to check out my   10 SECRET iPHONE iOS 9 TIPS & TRICKS THAT ARE JUST PLAIN SMART and   10 HIDDEN IPHONE TIPS & TRICKS THAT'LL SAVE YOU TIME for more useful iPhone tips and tricks!

KNOW HOW TO CHECK WHAT'S USING YOUR STORAGE!


There are common culprits (listed below) that deplete pretty much every iPhone user's storage, but it's always nice to know how to check your storage usage.  If you are mindful of your available storage you can ensure that you don't get the dreaded "NOT ENOUGH STORAGE" message. 
CHECK YOUR STORAGE
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CHECK YOUR STORAGE

You might be surprised by what is using up your storage.  It's pretty commonly known that photos, videos and music can use a lot of storage, but apps can, too.  I have a few apps taking up storage on my phone that must have been installed by one of my kids.   

To find your storage usage:  Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage.
TAKE NOTE OF YOUR TOP STORAGE USERS
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TAKE NOTE OF YOUR TOP STORAGE USERS

DELETE UNUSED GAME APPS

Game apps can use up a lot of space because of 3-D graphics.  If you are no longer using the installed games (or you don't even know about them), delete them!  To delete unused apps that are taking up precious storage Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage > Highlight App > Delete App
DELETE APPS YOU DON'T USE
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DELETE APPS YOU DON'T USE

DELETE APPS YOU DON'T NEED

Gaming apps aren't the only apps that take up storage. Ditch any apps you don't use.  Here's how to delete an app from the Home screen:  tap and hold on an icon and wait for it to start wiggling, which means that it's in edit mode.  Then tap on the small x in the upper left hand corner to delete the app. 
ONLY SAVE HDR IMAGES
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ONLY SAVE HDR IMAGES

The fancy schmancy  iPhone camera takes HDR images for the best possible picture.  HDR images are actually composed of multiple images taken at different exposures and then combined into one image.  So, when you take images on your phone you are getting an HDR image, and a regular image.  DOUBLE images equal double storage.  Totally not necessary.  You can disable saving the regular or non-HDR image so that you don't have duplicate images.  Here's how:  Settings > Photos & Camera > slide the “Keep Normal Photo” switch to off.  

You should also go through and delete the non-HDR multiples on your phone.   

(I have lots of fun taking pictures with  clip on lenses for my phone.  Do you use them too?)

DELETE VIDEOS and BOOKS

Once you are done watching your full length movie or reading your latest greatest novel, delete it from your phone.
  • To delete videos:  Videos > Tap the “Edit” button in the right hand corner.  Select the videos you'd like deleted.  
  • To delete books:  iBooks > Tap the "Select" button and then tap the books you no longer want and then > Delete.
Remember that you can easily download videos and books when you want to read or watch again by tapping the download button.  
TURN OFF YOUR PHOTO STREAM
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TURN OFF YOUR PHOTO STREAM


You most likely have your Photo Stream turned on so that you can share photos across your Apple devices like your  iPad, iPhone and  MacBook.  However, this takes up extra space, and if you are in a pinch, turn off your Photo Stream.  Here's how:  Settings > Photos & Camera > Deselect "My Photo Stream". 

NOTE:  This will delete your Photo Stream from your iPhone and the images from your iPhone will no longer be on your other devices.
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AUTO-DELETE YOUR MESSAGES
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AUTO-DELETE TEXT MESSAGES

Set your text messages to auto delete.  This is a great way to conserve/manage your storage.  This is especially helpful if you send and receive lots of text messages with images.  You can set your text messages to auto-delete by:  Settings >Messages > and then tap “Keep Messages”.  You can select 30 days or 1 Year. 

DELETE OLD VOICE MESSAGES


If you make a habit of keeping lots of old voice messages then chances are you are using up unnecessary storage.  If you have voice messages that no longer need to live on your phone, go to:
  • FOR INDIVIDUAL MESSAGES:  Phone > tap Voicemail  > Delete voicemail by swiping left on the voice message > Tap Delete.  
  • FOR SEVERAL MESSAGES:   go to Phone > tap Voicemail > Select all unwanted messages > Press delete.  To finish clearing out your messages, click "Deleted Messages" and select "Clear All." 

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