The problem which happens to the users with fewer space models is something I hear quite often.
Having little storage to no storage left on your iPhone can be a pain in the ass, however, in this post, I will teach you how to free space on your iPhone, but also how to fix storage problems on your iPhone and learn how to prevent them from happening again.
This will help a lot to everyone who has 16 GB or 32 GB models, but also to anyone else who has this kind of problem.
It is really annoying to get the pop-up message on your phone saying that there is no storage left.
The most common thing people see when they don’t have any memory left is this little message.
It occurs whenever users want to open their camera, download and install any app, but also a huge amount of people notice a problem when they try to open WhatsApp, and it doesn’t let them use the app until they clear some memory.
Why does it happen?
People love photos.
But photos take a huge amount of your iPhone memory if you have a lot of them. Along with the music, I see this two reasons the most common problem your memory gets full.
Also, apps and anything else you keep on your iPhone take your storage until your phone get’s full.
But no, you don’t need to delete a lot of personal data. Actually, it will let you have a little more free space on your phone, but anytime soon it will get full again and you will be getting the same message again.
The best way to deal with it
When you connect your iPhone to iTunes, there is a bar showing your storage and how much storage is taken by each category.
Usually, you would see categories such as Photo, Audio, Video, Apps and so on… That is something you use on your iPhone and you know it’s there.
But there is another category which is named “Other”.
What is other and why is it so important you probably ask yourself right now.
Other is a category on your iPhone where data such as browser cache, mail cache, mail messages, mail attachments, Safari’s reading list, game data, call history, notes, media, voice notes and so on collects.
You get the idea, data which isn’t very visible on your iPhone such as cache collects in there.
And over time, if you never do anything about it – it collects and collects which results in your iPhone storage getting full.
Sometimes, “Other data” isn’t a big problem for some users, but for many users, it could be the biggest problem if they haven’t done anything about it in a while.
How to remove “other data” on your iPhone
Now when you know what is the problem which is maybe causing your iPhone to constantly receive “Storage Almost Full” message, I will tell you to step by step how to deal with it.
The easiest way to do it is to connect your iPhone to iTunes, backup your data and restore the iPhone which will back up all the data from Other, and you will have your iPhone restored with all your data – only without a lot of Other data which was causing the problem. In other words – Other will be downsized.
You will basically backup your iPhone and restore your iOS without losing your data, which will help to clean out your Other data.
- Connect your iPhone to iTunes
- Back Up the iPhone
- Restore the device from that backup
These steps are really easy, and you won’t need to do much work – only press a few buttons which are shown inside the iTunes. It’s very safe because you are backing up your iPhone before restoring it so you don’t need to worry about losing your data.
Restoring can take a while, so make sure you have some time, grab a coffee and deal with this the right way.
There are some other solutions
Of course, there are some other solutions but I have found the first solution very helpful to people.
It’s simply because people don’t know much about other data in iTunes, so they don’t really pay attention to it.
However there a few other tricks which could help you free some space on your iPhone.
And if it works out very well for you, you might not need to restore your iPhone in steps shown previously. Howe, er I advise you to do it, especially if you haven’t done it ever in the past because there might be even few GB’s of data taking up your iPhone space.
If you don’t feel comfortable with backing up your iPhone and restoring it, you can try a few of other solutions which might help you.
You can try to:
- Delete unused apps – they usually take space and if you aren’t using them, there is no point in keeping them.
- Delete unwanted photos and videos – photos and videos can take up a lot of memory, and if you have a lot of photos or videos, you could always keep them on your desktop computer or laptop and that way you would create more free memory on your iPhone.
- Clear Safari cache – Safari cache is part of cache which collects in Other category – which I have talked previously, and if you didn’t want to deal with it with first solution, then you might do it manually – since there might be a lot of cache memory collected on your iPhone.
- Delete and re-install Facebook app – This won’t lose any of your data, but it will also delete cache which keeps collecting in your Other category. This works as well for WhatsApp.
- Turn off iCloud drive – it’s a cool feature which allows you to access your files from your Mac or any other iOS device connected to your iCloud. However, to create more space on your iPhone a good thing would be to turn it off in Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive > Off
You can try a few techniques, or you can try them all and see if it is better.
If none of this worked out, make sure to think about backing up your iPhone by iTunes and restore it.
However, if backing up and restoring your iPhone didn’t help a lot, the last step would be factory restoring your iPhone. Also you can tweet @AppleSupport about your storage problem and see if they can help you with any solution. If you live close to any Apple store, you can take your iPhone over there and let them take a look and let you know how to solve it.
Also, keep in mind this works with any iOS device, so it’s not only for iPhone – it could work with iPad as well etc.
I hope this post was very helpful to you, and I hope you you won’t ever experience any problems with storage as I know from personal experience it can be a real pain in the ass haha
Feel free to share your opinion and experience in the comments below, but also if you know any other solution for this problem please let me know.
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