How to free up space on iPhone
People often ask us whether there is a DaisyDisk app for iOS.
Unfortunately, the answer is No.
It’s technically impossible to build an app like DaisyDisk for iOS, because all apps on iPhone are sandboxed. This means — they can only scan their own folder, and the rest of the iPhone storage is inaccessible to them.
Nevertheless, there are still some tips & tricks that will help you free up your iPhone’s storage. Read on!
1. Find out what’s eating your iPhone’s memory
It’s hard to keep track of everything that takes up your iPhone’s space. Countless old photos & videos, music you don’t listen to anymore, cache from social networks… what else?
All these files waste your memory storage. When the storage runs low, your iPhone has to work harder than usual. Therefore, the overall performance is slowed down and your battery drains faster. So how can you clear up your storage and, at the same time, help your iPhone’s battery live longer?
The first step — find out what’s eating your iPhone’s space. In your iPhone Settings > General > Storage, you can see how much of your memory is filled by apps, media etc. This will help you decide what files are useless. You can also look up the same info in your iTunes settings.
2. Get rid of the unneeded files
There are surely unnecessary apps, old photos & videos (if they’re already uploaded onto iCloud) or other data on your iPhone. Still have Temple Run, seriously? You haven’t been playing it for ages!
Spend some time to look through all the photos and videos on your iPhone. Undoubtedly, there are some blurry and bad photos, “damn, it’s a video!” records and so on. Why should they waste your iPhone space?
Three months ago you downloaded and watched a 3-hour-long movie? I think, it’s definitely time to remove it!
a small life hack: If you take HDR photos, why save the original ones, which are worse? You can remove this option by unselecting “Keep Normal Photo” in Photos & Camera Settings.
3. Resurrect the Legacy
Many people hold massive music collections on an iPhone. But the truth is — devices like iPods are better equipped for music listening.
Remember how much space can an iPod have? They’re able to keep hundreds of GBs of music. What’s more, some models support even movies and photos.
By the way, to put music on iPod, you can use WALTR, a handy app created by our friends at Softorino. (The company specializes in iOS-to-Mac technologies and own a bunch of cool apps in this area.) All you need to do is to launch WALTR and just drag and drop your music files to your iPod. Ta-dah.
Your little gadget will come back to life and you’ll have a lot of free iPhone memory!
4. Filter messages, notes & cache
You can clear old notes & contacts as they also take your phone memory.
In your Settings, look for Keep Messages option. There, you’ll be able to delete all the messages that include media. You can remove all messages that you’ve received last year or during the previous month. Or forever. 👾
Speaking about messages… don’t forget about your mail! You can, for example, clear Spam folder, unsubscribe from irrelevant websites etc. you can also clear Sent or Inbox messages if you’re sure there’s nothing important.
If you’re an avid user of various messengers like Viber, WhatsApp or Telegram, clear your cached chats and media that are no longer useful. You may not notice this, but it takes substantial part of your iPhone storage.
5. Use iCloud!
You’re always free to move all the stuff you might need to your iCloud storage. You’ve run out of memory even there? Either delete something or simply buy more space.
There’s no difficulty in clearing your iPhone storage! It may be time-consuming, but it’s worth doing once in a blue moon. :)