Storage Almost Full? A quick, easy, should-know-better way to clear space on an iPhone


Don’t let this occur to you!

There are days after I simply need to facepalm and ask, “What was I thinking?” Such was the case earlier this morning, when my iPhone advised me — once more — that it was out of area.

I take advantage of a 128GB iPhone 6s Plus (the final one with a headphone jack). When I purchased the telephone, I actually hesitated to shell out the bucks for the bigger dimension telephone. My much-smarter-than-me spouse insisted I’d finally remorse skimping on storage.

Since I not often took video, did not run all that many space-consuming apps, and didn’t foresee the necessity to take 4K video, I virtually ignored her recommendation.

So, it seems that I take dozens of 4K movies each week. I take advantage of my telephone (and one other, similar iPhone 6s, and a DSLR, and a GoPro clone, and an previous Kodak Zi8 1080p digital camera) to take challenge movies for my DIY-IT column.

Every week in the past, I had simply completed taking a pile of B-roll 4K video on my telephone, when the Storage Almost Full message popped up. “No problem,” I advised myself. I had already downloaded all my movies to my modifying rig. Actually, most of them had already been posted on-line.

So I deleted them. Easy peasy.

[Aside: The Oxford English Dictionary defines “peasy” as “Lead ore in the form of small grains,” or Scottish, for “Resembling or reminiscent of peas or peasemeal.” I do know. You study so a lot on this column, proper?]

Anyway, not so peasy. While I went on with my week, feeling safe within the data that I had freed up storage, it seems I hadn’t. This morning, I acquired the message once more.

Since I filmed extra B-roll within the intervening week, which I had additionally downloaded to my modifying field, I deleted these movies from my telephone, too.

A couple of minutes later, I acquired the message once more. What. The. Heck?

I dug round my telephone. First, I went to Settings->General->Storage and iCloud utilization and located I had solely 5GB left on my telephone. So I tapped Manage Storage, the place it was confirmed that apps take means an excessive amount of storage and I’ve means too many apps put in.

Seriously? Star Trek makes use of 472.MB? I did not even know I nonetheless had that put in. Garage Band takes 1.41GB? Never use it. Overcast (a podcatcher app) is utilizing 12GB? Well, clearly that should change. But all my foolish apps mixed weren’t inflicting the precise storage drawback.

The precise drawback was that Photos and Camera was nonetheless utilizing 74GB on my telephone.

Before we go on, it is essential to say the Optimize Storage choice accessible on iPhones. This is an choice the place you’ll be able to ship your photographs and movies as much as iCloud and solely a much-lower decision thumbnail is saved on the telephone. This is an effective way to maintain storage in test.

I do not use it. I do not use it as a result of Optimize Storage begins to chase its tail whenever you file a pile of 4K movies in a row. It’s simply an excessive amount of for it to add directly, and after utilizing numerous area and taking numerous 4K movies, the connectivity, even with good Wi-Fi and good broadband, begins to wheeze like a cat with a hairball.

My drawback was lots easier than that. My drawback was that I forgot that deleted photos and video aren’t truly deleted in any respect. They’re dumped into the Photos app’s equal of the trash can. They’re merely moved to a “will delete after 30 days” storage pod within the Photos app’s space for storing.


Clean that storage!

So, sure, I deleted my movies. But I did not empty the trash. Once I went into the Recently Deleted part of the app, chosen every little thing, and hit the trash can icon, I regained my area. It took a couple of minutes longer to regain my self-respect.

There are numerous methods to clear area in your telephone with out deleting photographs. Here’s an incredible article on our sister web site,, that reveals you the way.

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