Saturday, September 5, 2020

How to efficiently free up space on your iPhone or iPad

Who has never got upset when, when taking a photo, an error message indicates full storage and prompts to delete data? It is therefore impossible to capture the moment, unless you eliminate the heaviest apps or videos.

Unless you know which apps to remove, the task turns out to be tedious and quite disturbing. Fortunately, the iPhone and iPad have a lot of options to activate that effectively frees up space.

Sort photos and videos

This is unfortunately the hardest method, but also the most effective. We know the space that the photos of our smartphone can take, and the increasing quality will not help matters. Thus, if we can still advise you to reduce the quality of video images, you will still have to go through the photo library to free up space.

However, before deleting your files, you can transfer them via iTunes to your computer or hard drive. This will make sure you keep your pictures in a safe place without having to get rid of them permanently.

However, it is possible to free up space by going through the settings of your device. Go to Settings, then in the Photos section. There you will find a whole slew of settings.

Start by turning off the photo stream there. This will prevent your device from backing up photos from other devices where the option is also enabled. Also turn off the Shared Albums option, which can send you photos of people to whom you have subscribed. You can, however, turn on iCloud Photos. This will store all your photos in your iCloud account and save a considerable amount of storage on your smartphone or tablet.

If you return to the previous screen, you can also enter the Camera related settings. We can advise you to deactivate the option Keep original for HDR. As for the video shooting settings, you can easily go to 1080p at 30 fps. Unless your video is intended for broadcast, 1080p is more than enough on its own on a small smartphone screen.

Finally, it is also possible to see which videos take up the most space on your device. To do this, go back to the settings home, go to the General section, then iPhone storage. If you click on Photos and scroll down, you will be given the option to view personal videos. So you will be able to know which videos weigh the most and do not deserve a place on your device.

Turn on iCloud storage

It's not huge, but your basic Apple account entitles you to 5GB of headed cloud storage. If you have more than 5 GB of photos, videos and files (which is most likely the case), then you will have to turn to the competition: Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. You can also consider a monthly subscription from Apple which you will then give access to more space. The prices are not very high there, hear 0.99 € / month for 50 GB, 2.99 € for 500 GB and 9.99 € for 2 TB.

If you have a Mac with macOS Catalina installed, this can be done directly from the Finder. On a Mac where MacOS is older, or on a PC, open iTunes. Then connect your device to your computer. You should receive an alert on it, telling you that a new version of the OS is available. Otherwise, go to your device settings on the computer, and Check for updates. You can then download the available ones and install them.

Sort in Messages

You don't always think about it, but messages can also contain data that takes up space. Organizing their cleaning after a certain period of time can be quite useful. Let's not kid ourselves, this won't release huge amounts of GB. However, if you do this regularly, it could also allow your cell phone to lighten up.

Here again you have to go to the device settings to configure the sorting of messages. Go to the Messages tab then scroll down to the Message history section, and press Keep messages. Thus, you can choose between 30 days and 1 year the recurrence at which your smartphone deletes the messages received.

It is also possible to delete attachments exchanged in an iMessage conversation. If it is a photo or video, they are often heavy and clutter the device. In a conversation, press the name of your correspondent in the notch above, then the small information i. You will find the attachments that can be deleted.

Clean up Safari

Like all computer browsers, Safari on a mobile device also collects and stores cookies, history and data from the websites you visit. You would be surprised to see the weight of certain cookies and the space they take up on your terminal. Everything is done, once again, in the settings of the device.
In the device settings, scroll down to those concerning Safari. Once in the tab, you will find the option Clear history, site data below. Be careful though. By activating the option, this will have the effect of deleting your entire history, but also the cookies collected on the sites you have visited. Cookies allow you to save your preferences on certain sites, such as automatic connection.

If, however, you don't want to delete all of a sudden, you can go down to the Advanced tab. Thus, it will be possible to choose on which sites you no longer wish to keep this data. It might seem ridiculous to you, but deleting several data of several tens of MB can quickly amount to one or two GB.

Here you can go directly to the application settings to delete these files. However, if you go to the device settings, you will get a more comprehensive view of these large files. Still in the iPhone / iPad settings, head to General then iPhone Storage. You will find the app in which you downloaded these media files, like Netflix or Music.