How to Free Up Storage Space on Your iPhone

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Whether it's a preventative measure or you desperately just need to take photos again, here's how you can free up more space on your iPhone.
There's nothing worse than that dreaded iPhone message that always seems to pop up at the wrong time: "Not enough storage."

Maybe you've taken one too many 4K videos, or maybe you're worried you'll get the notification as you update to the new iOS 15. Whether it's a preventative measure or you desperately just need to be able to take photos again, here's how you can free up more space on your iPhone.

How can I see what's taking up space?

First, you'll need to figure out where all those precious gigabytes on your iPhone are being used. Open the Settings app, tap General and then tap iPhone Storage.

You may see a grey bar at the top of your screen as your iPhone calculates how much storage you're working with and how much each category of memory is taking up of your total storage space. Then, it will show you a color-coded breakdown. The dark grey bar is your system files which cannot be altered, and the light grey is other system files you also can't delete— so don't count on that space.

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Your biggest culprits for memory hogs are most likely to be categorized as Apps and Media. Below the breakdown, it will show you what apps are using the most memory in descending order.

But if you still have a memory shortage after you've cleared out all the mobile games you're done playing and the weird App Store downloads that weren't as useful as you'd hoped, don't fret. There is still more you can do to free up space on your iPhone.

How do I know where to start deleting?

On the iPhone Storage page, you'll also notice recommendations for how to optimize your storage, which is arranged in order by the size of the apps on your iPhone.

When you tap on each app, it pulls up a screen displaying the app's size, which is often less than a few hundred megabytes of data (though it's not unusual for some mobile games and other apps to be up to a few gigabytes of data). This is often a great way to find apps that are taking up memory…
Liz Lanier
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