Truth be told Apple should stop selling iPhones with 16GB memories and make the higher memory iPhone cheaper. Those of us that have the iPhones with less memory know exactly what I am talking about. Every time you download an app or take a photo, you are always engaging in a fine balancing act, hoping that you don’t get the dreaded “Storage is almost full” message.
When faced with this situation, our first impulse is to prioritize the “stuff” that we have on our iPhone and let go of stuff that we don’t need anymore. You start looking through the apps and deleting the ones that you have not used in years or months. If you are in this quandry, we suggest that you take a look at our comprehensive guide to free up storage on your iPhone.
As much as you want to keep all those selfies accumulated over the years, you know its time to let some of it go. You delete all the photos and videos that you do not need in the hopes of getting back some storage on your iPhone only to find that your memory has not moved an inch. Many people have found themselves in this situation and it can be very frustrating!
In order for the iPhone to reclaim the space, you will need to do a couple of things. First make sure that in your iPhone settings, you turn off iCloud photo sharing for the iPhone. Next you will need to force restart your iPhone.
In order to force restart your device, press the home button and the sleep/wake button together for about 15 seconds or so till you see the Apple logo appear. Once you see the logo, let go of the buttons and allow your iPhone to start normally. You should now be able to see your free storage. The best way to check out on the free space equation is to connect your iPhone to your computer’s iTunes and check the status bar.
You should see that the space for photos would now be much less.
Since we are on the subject of free space and less frustration, here are three tips that we will leave you with:
Tip# 1 – Upload your Photos to your free iCloud account and then you can download them into an USB stick for safe keeping before you delete your photos from your iPhone.
Tip# 2 – Tap on Settings > General >Storage & icloud usage > Manage Storage. You will see the list of apps along with how much storage they use. Sometimes all you need to do is delete the app and re-install it. This will save a lot of space on your iPhone
Tip # 3 – Ever wonder about the “Other” on your status bar that shows how much space is available on your device. You can use some of the tips on this article to deal with this issue.
We hope that you are able to finally reclaim some of the space on your iPhone! Please share this article with others that may be facing the space issue on their older iPhones.