Memory is always a big problem on Apple’s iPhone. Even though they’ve upgraded their minimum memory for new iPhones to 64GB, it’s somehow never enough, is it? But rather than shell out a hundred bucks or more for a higher memory variant with essentially the same features as the base model, why not seriously look at your data management practices? With a little effort and the right tools, you’ll never be memory-hungry again.
Sounds good, right? And it’s not an incredible achievement, either. Some simple steps can help you free up a lot of space that’s being taken up by unnecessary files that are often the leftovers of apps you rarely use or have long since deleted.
In this guide, we’ll share some practical tips on how to get more storage space on your iPhone without having to spend a lot of money for a more expensive variant.
Use iCloud For More Stuff
If I’m guessing right, you barely use iCloud and feel that it’s an unnecessary thing that does nothing more than take away your privacy and put it in the hands of the folks at Apple, Inc. Well, you’re not completely wrong, but Apple prides itself on the sanctity of the user data that it holds. More so than many other companies like Google and Facebook, as anyone who reads the news knows well enough.
So iCloud is a great solution to archive all your older media and files so you can free up sorely needed space for new photos, your growing music and video collections and so on. Archiving simply means putting all of that on the back shelf for when you need it. That might be tomorrow or it might be months from now. It’s there, and it’s safe. Well, as safe as any cloud service today, including Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure.
If you run out of space on iCloud, you can simply purchase more. And it’s not expensive at all. Instead of buying a 2TB hard drive, moving data to your PC and then to the drive, you can just pay $10 a month and get 2TB of storage on iCloud. And you can share it with your family, too. The plans are fairly priced, and you can easily up- or downgrade whenever you want. Apple will simply bill you at the new rate on the next monthly billing cycle.
When using iCloud on iOS 10.3 and later, go to Settings >> [Your Name] >> iCloud. On older iOS versions it’s just Settings >> iCloud. Once inside, tap on “iCloud Backup” and you’ve have just set your iPhone up for automatic backups. You can also tap on Back Up Now if you haven’t done it before. When you’re about to run out of space, Apple will prompt you for the upgrade, which you can easily do in a few taps if you already have your payment credentials stored on the device.
Use iTunes for Computer Backups
If you don’t want to use the cloud, then why not use the built-in iTunes functionality to backup your device’s data? Not everyone is comfortable with iTunes, but it’s actually a great tool for backups. We also recommend that you encrypt your backup files so nobody but you has access.
To backup using iTunes, simply connect your iPhone to a PC or Mac running the latest iTunes version, then select your device, go to the Summary menu item and click on “Back Up Now” under the Backups section. You’ll also see the “Encrypt iPhone Backup” checkbox that we talked about before. Make sure that’s selected, then choose “This Computer” instead of “iCloud” for the backup location.
Click on “Back Up Now” and you’re all done.
Other Ways and Means
Those aren’t the only ways to maximize the storage of your iPhone. There’s a much simpler approach – get rid of junk! There’s a ton of junk on your iPhone from the moment you unbox it and start downloading your favorite games, utilities and other iOS apps. You may not be able to clean all of that manually, but there are tools for the purpose.
Take TunesBro iPhone Eraser, for example. I’ve been using it for a while now on my iPhone 7 Plus, and I don’t have any memory issues. Of course, I also use iCloud because of the number of documents and images I deal with on a daily basis, but the point is that my iPhone is kept spic and span because of this powerful utility.
The software costs a little bit, but it’s cheap compared to upgrading to an iPhone with higher memory. It does a lot of things, but the key features are easy photo compression (saves as much 75% of the space occupied by photos), archiving, exporting and deleting, cleaning up junk and temp files (huge space-eaters), removing unused apps (all of us have a few of these!), backing up and deleting large files and, most importantly, speeding up your iPhone!
Keeping your device lean and mean isn’t that hard when you have the right tools, but you need to take a little interest in the topic to have your phone running at optimal speeds, with minimal junk, heavy files and applications weighing it down.
We hope you find these methods useful as an iPhone user. If you have other tips to help our readers feel free to share them in the comments section.