iPhones are great, but their biggest disappointment would be the inability to add hard drive storage. If you have to delete an older photo just to be able to take a new one, then it’s high time you need to throw away some junk items on your iPhone.

Thankfully, there are lots of quick easy steps you can do to free up space on your iPhone.

Stop Storing Texts Forever

Your iPhone stores all of the text messages you have sent and received by default — and that is forever. This can be useful and convenient at the same time if you need to go back two years ago and look for that last message your ex sent you. However, that setting can be inconvenient if you need more storage space. If you want to stop your iPhone from saving texts forever, go to the Settings app, then tap Messages. Scroll down until you find Message History, then tap Keep Messages. From there, you can change the option from Forever to either 30 days or 1 year.

After selecting your preferred option, a pop up message will appear asking you if you want to delete older messages. Of course since you need the extra space, tap on Delete to proceed.

Avoid Double-saving Photos

If you are using the HDR mode of your iPhone or Instagram frequently, you may notice that your iPhone automatically saves two versions of the photos — one is the HDR version and the other one is the normal (in Instagram, this is the filtered, cropped version and then the normal version).

To instruct your iPhone to stop double-saving HDR photos, head to the Settings app, and then go to Photos & Camera. Next, scroll down to the bottom and then tap to disable the toggle next toKeep Normal Photo.

Now, to stop double-saving Instagram photos, open the Instagram app, tap your profile tab, and then tap the Settings (gear) icon located at the upper-right corner of the screen. Look under Settings, then untick the toggle next to Save Original Photos, and that’s it.

Clear Your Browser’s Cache

If you frequently use Safari on your iPhone, it may be storing Web history and data that you don’t actually need. To clear Safari’s browser cache, go to Settings and then tap Safari. Scroll down, and then tap on Clear History and Website Data.

However, if you are using Chrome instead of Safari, launch the Chrome app and tap the menu icon (the three vertical dots) at the upper-right hand corner of the screen. Tap History, then at the bottom tap Clear browsing data.

Delete Unwanted Apps and Data

If you really need to free up a large amount of space on your iPhone, the best way to go is by deleting “real stuff” like apps, photos, videos, podcasts, and music. But before you terminate those items on your phone, check out which apps are consuming the most space by going to Settings, then head on to General, then Usage, and then proceed to Manage Data.

On the Manage Data screen, you will see a list of apps sorted according to the amount of space they take up. Just tap on the app to delete it directly from this menu. You can also use this list to help you determine which apps are using too much data — for instance, if the Photos & Camera app is near the top, it means that you already need to remove some pictures. If in case the Music app tops your list, then you probably need to delete some tracks or album(s).

Purge Offline Data

There is a possibility that you are unknowingly saving offline data in apps that you have been using while you’re online. An example of this is Safari’s offline reading list, which can take up unwanted space by saving webpages for you to read when you don’t have Internet connection. To clear Safari’s offline reading list, open the Settings app and then go to General, then Usage, then Manage Storage, and then tap on Safari. Swipe left over the words Offline Reading List, and then tap Delete to clear the cache. This action will not delete individual items from your reading list (to do that, open the Safari app, go to your Reading List, and then swipe left over items that you would like to be removed).

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 6:48:15 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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