Good that iPhone 7 comes with a minimum volume of 32 GB. But this is a disappointing fact for millions of users whose devices have half the storage space – 16 GB. If the message “Oops, bad luck, there is almost no space” appears on your device’s screen more often, be sure that the time has come for decisive action. Take advantage of our tips for working with iOS 10, listed below and you will quickly get back at your disposal most of the gigabytes on your device.
1. Check the storage volume
Before deleting unnecessary programs and photos, let’s check what and how much is stored in the device’s memory, and also check the remaining free space.
To do this, go to "Settings".> "The main" –> "Storage and iCloud".> "Storage".> "Control".
Here you will see a complete list of all installed applications and the amount of storage they occupy.
On the top lines will be applications that use the largest amount of storage. This picture makes it easy to decide what needs to be freed.
2. Remove unnecessary applications
The basic rule here is if you don’t remember what this or that program is for, or if you have not used this program for more than a month, then you can safely get rid of it. Remember, any program can be easily reinstalled and its data restored if you have the option of backup data storage in iCloud enabled.
In the tab "Storage»You can see how much space the program itself and its data take. Here you can also delete it.
When it comes to applications such as Facebook, which tend to bloat up to 1 gigabyte from the stored cache, the only way to regain the used space is to completely remove the program and reinstall it.
3. Delete downloaded content
If you use the Apple Music service to listen to music or download YouTube videos or store movies in VLC to watch them offline, the storage location on your device will quickly become full.
In order to see the songs downloaded from Apple Music, go to: "Settings".> "Music".> "Downloaded Music". Here you will see your saved albums and songs. To delete, use swipe left and select "Delete".
4. Clean the browser cache Safari
To quickly clear the browser cache, which only increases over time, go to "Settings".> "Safari"And select the command"Clear history and page data ».
You also have the option of selectively deleting data from certain web pages. We pass "Settings".> "Safari"-> "Additions".> "Site Data".> "Delete all data".
5. Delete podcasts
It doesn’t matter which application you use to listen to podcasts: Apple’s built-in default Podcasts or a third-party application such as Overcast, but downloaded episodes take up a lot of space. In my case, the amount of space they occupy reaches 2-5 gigabytes, depending on the time of the last cleanup.
To delete episodes, go to "Settings".> "The main".> "Storage and iCloud".> "Storage".> "Control".> "Podcasts.
If you use Overcast, then swipe left on the podcast or on episodes you can find the button "Delete ».
I can also recommend you the auto-delete feature in Overcast. She is in "Settings" each individual podcast. Overcast will automatically delete the selected podcast after a period of time of your choice.
6. We delete Photos
I am sure that you are well acquainted with this procedure. But it will be better if you look through all your photos and delete those that you no longer need. And this type of photographs you will find a lot. Because we take 10 pictures, when in fact we need only one. And about unnecessary photos, we safely forget.
7. We use the "cloud" services of iCloud Photo Library or Google Photos
If you use the iCloud Photo Library cloud service, then all your photos will be automatically uploaded to the cloud storage (using the amount of cloud storage according to the current tariff plan). You can later delete unnecessary photos, knowing that they are stored securely in the cloud. To enable this storage method, go to "Settings".> "Photo and Camera".
If you are interested in free cloud storage services, then pay attention to services from Google Photos, where you can easily delete unnecessary content after downloading it to the cloud.
8. Optimize iCloud Photo Library on your device
If you have already started using iCloud Photo Library, then all photos on your device will be saved in their original size, even after backing up to the cloud.
But you can use the option called "Storage Optimization iPhone», Which turns photos on the device into compressed thumbnails and downloads originals from the cloud only if you click on them to view.
To enable the option, go to "Settings ».> "Photo and Camera ».> and choose “Optimize storage iPhone".
9. Get rid of the "dynamics" in "Live Photos"
I left the option "Live Photography" enabled because it is not known when it will be possible once again to get such a "masterpiece" picture. But it also means that these photographs take up two, or even three times as much space.
Fortunately, there is an application that removes the “dynamic” part of live photos and turns them into regular, static ones.
Using the program Lean (1.99), I conducted several experiments. By removing the dynamics from 4 live photos, we managed to save 12 MB of space. 3 MB per photo is a lot if you take into account hundreds or even thousands of photos stored in the Library.
As an alternative, you can turn off the Live Photography option. Click on the “Target” icon in the “Camera” application to select the desired shooting mode.
10. Check the section “Recently deleted albums”
Even if you delete photos from the device, they do not disappear from your device, at least they will be stored on it for 30 days. To actually delete photos and free up storage space, you need to open the Photos app, go to the tab "Recently deleted”, Select all the photos, and then select the button Delete.
11. Automatic Delete Old Messages
If you share a large number of photos through the iMessage service, the storage location on your device will quickly overflow.
You can select the option to delete iMessage conversations after 30 days, instead of storing them indefinitely. You can set the storage time by entering the menu: “Settings” – “Messages” and select menu “Leave a message.”
You can select options for storing messages for 1 year or 30 days.
12. Delete old messages manually
If the iMessage application has the option to automatically save photos that you don’t always need, they will quickly fill the space available on your device.
The best way to get rid of this stuff is to open the iMessages application, select the “Edit”And proceed to delete the old correspondence or correspondence with a large number of media files.
But before you do this, you need to make sure that you do not delete conversations or photos that are important to you.
13. Manually clearing the cache of third-party applications
As we mentioned above, at the system level, there is no way to clear the application cache. This is done in the applications themselves, provided that they provide such an opportunity.
In some applications, such as Chrome and other browsers, this feature is available. The Google Maps program provides the same opportunity.
As soon as you notice that the application cache takes up too much space, you need to open the settings in the program itself and look for the option to clear the cache.
Different applications use different cache clearing methods. For example, a Slack application has an option Clear Cache in the application tab in the "Settings".
But if you are unable to find such an option, then the only thing left for you to do is simply uninstall the program and then reinstall it.
14. Delete the voices of Siri
If you use the Universal Access service and you have many languages installed in iOS for both speech and keyboard layouts, you may also find a large number of Siri voices installed. These files take up a lot of space. So, the voice of "Alex" takes, for example, as much as 870 MB in the memory of your device.
To view the installed Siri voices, go to "Settings".> "Basic".> menu "Universal access".> “Voiceover"> "Speech". Then select the language you need.
Press the button "Edit", and select the voices you want to delete by clicking on the red button.
15. We clear a cache of flows of iTunes
If you buy or rent movies from iTunes, some of this content may remain in the cache in your device’s memory even after full viewing.
In order to force the iTunes application to clear its cache, you can use the following method to force the entire device’s cache to be cleared. Press and hold the Home and Power buttons. You can also temporarily log out of your iTunes account by selecting the appropriate menu at the bottom of the main application screen.
16. Optimize Apple Music Storage Location
If you use the services of Apple Music, then go to "Settings".> "Music"" and select the menu "Storage Optimization. Here you can choose the volume convenient for you, allocated for storing downloaded music. The minimum amount of 2 GB, the maximum amount will depend on the amount of memory of your device.
Upon reaching the allocated volume, the Apple Music program will automatically delete old songs that you have not played for a long time.
17. We establish a ban on the automatic download of media content in the WhatsApp program
If you use applications of the WhatsApp group, then the space of your device will quickly overflow with hundreds of megabytes of sent videos and photos. By default, this content is automatically downloaded and added to the Camera Roll, taking up precious space on the device’s memory.
To turn off this option, open the WhatsApp application, go to the bookmark "Settings", select "Chats»And turn off the option Save Media.
Now, every time you see that a photo or video has been sent to you, you need to click on the icon to download and view the sent media content.
18. Restore your iOS device to factory settings
If none of the methods suggested above suits you, then you need to reset all the settings and restore your device to factory defaults.
The proposed method removes all user preferences and content from your device. This is more like a zeroing process – all device memory is cleared to zero.
Go to "Settings".> "Basic".> and choose Erase Settings and Content.
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