Among the apps, music, photos and other data stored on iPhone, running out of space is a common problem for many users. Unlike Android phones, the iPhone has no expandable memory, so the capacity you have is what you’re stuck with. This is becoming more and more of an issue as app file sizes increase due to HD content and special camera features such as slow motion video on the 5S take up more space.
While running out of free space may seem like an inevitable problem, there are many different steps you can take to fix it. Using the built-in usage monitor, it’s easy to tell where most of your storage is being used. After determining where the biggest files are located on the iPhone, steps can be taken to delete these files to free up space on the user’s iPhone once again.
How to Find Large Files on iPhone:
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After giving the iPhone a few seconds to load, the displayed usage screen should look like the image below.
As you can see in the usage image, most of the space on my iPhone is used for Music and Photos. For most users, it’s safe to assume that photos will take up a large storage capacity on their iPhone. One way to fix this problem is to back up your photos to a computer and then remove the old photos from the iPhone camera roll. The user can place the photos they want to access on their phone or Dropbox to help free up space on the iPhone.
Another big area that consumes storage is apps. Several apps on my phone are close to or above 1GB and for users with a 16GB iPhone with a large amount of storage to use for one app only. If you’re low on storage, consider getting rid of apps you no longer need, or consider which apps you need. The same goes for text messages as they can also free up storage space on the iPhone. By deleting old text messages, it will improve the available storage space on your iPhone.
One final area to clear on the iPhone is the “other category”. This category may be a large file size for some users, but a smaller file size for others. Either way it can be reduced and used as reusable space on the iPhone.