The truth is that Apple needs to stop selling iPhones with under 100GB of memory and make the higher storage iPhone cheaper. Those of us that have the iPhones with less memory (like those older 1GB phones) know precisely what I’m talking about. Every time you download an app or take a photo, you are always engaging in a delicate balancing act, hoping that you don’t get the dreaded “Storage is almost full” message.
- Quickly Free Up iPhone and iPad Storage in iOS Settings
- Taking Photo But iPhone Says Storage is Full?
- Free Up iPhone Storage with iOS 11 Tools, Recommendations, and iCloud
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 difficulty, we suggest that you take a look at our comprehensive guide to free up storage on your iPhone. If using iOS 11 and higher, take a look at these handy tools to trim your iPhone and iPad Storage fat!
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!
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 need to force restart your iPhone.
To force restart your device, follow the directions below for your device and model:
- On an iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo.
- On an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold both the Side and Volume Down buttons for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo.
- On an iPhone 6s and earlier, iPad, or iPod touch: Press and hold both the Home and the Top (or Side) buttons for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo.
Once you see the logo, let go of the buttons and allow your iPhone to start regularly. You should now be able to see your free storage. The best way to check out on the open 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 a USB stick for safekeeping before you delete your photos from your iPhone.
Tip# 2 – Tap on Settings > General >Storage & iCloud usage > Manage Storage. You 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 saves 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 can 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.
Obsessed with tech since the early arrival of A/UX on Apple, Sudz (SK) is responsible for the editorial direction of AppleToolBox. He is based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Sudz specializes in covering all things macOS, having reviewed dozens of OS X and macOS developments over the years.
In a former life, Sudz worked helping Fortune 100 companies with their technology and business transformation aspirations.