Storage Issues, Begone! More Space for More Pics
We’ve all seen that dreaded “out of storage” notification pop up on our phones.
(And usually at the worst times.)
But no need to fear! We’ve teamed up with our pals over at Trunx, who’ve provided a super handy guide to help you conquer the storage war on your iOS device.
So take note, ’cause more space means you’ll never have to miss out on an awesome photo op again!
Why These Tips Are A Must-Have
In a world of endless photos, videos, and irresistibly cool new apps, it’s not uncommon to run into storage issues that leave your camera roll crying.
Thankfully there are easy ways to clean the clutter so that you and your phone are always ready to snap a new shot or record a new vine.
1. Size Up Your Storage Capacity
Before you start cleaning up, it’s helpful to know how your current storage stacks up. And this can be done in 3 easy steps:
1. Go to your phone’s Settings > General > Usage.
2. Scope out how much space has been used, and how much is available.
3. Tap on “Manage Storage” to view the apps taking up the most storage.
Now that you’ve seen what’s eating away at your GBs, you can move forward with the clutter-clearing process.
2. Toss Out Unused Apps
Remember that app you downloaded six months ago that’s just sitting there unopened while you scroll over to the ones you actually use?
(You know what we’re talking about.)
Use It Or Lose It
As a rule of thumb, if it’s not a part of your daily or weekly digital routine, chuck it out.
You’ll be surprised how much storage space you save up for your next round of app or music downloads!
How to Delete
Simply long-press on the icon of the app you wish to delete. You’ll see an “x” appear in the top left corner of the icon. Press that and bam! App deleted.
3. Clear Out Web Cookies and Data
Just like your desktop browser, your mobile browser saves cookies from history and activity.
This can be helpful, but it’s also important to clear them out once in a while since they can bog down your phone.
Clear cookie data on your device by going to Settings > Safari (or your default browser) and select “Clear History and Website Data.”
4. Give Old Convos the Axe
Texting is fun and convenient, but all those messages build up serious cache over time, taking up space and making your phone run slowly. Boo.
So if you’ve still got that 2013 birthday text from weird Uncle Ed, we suggest you delete it.
To remove a conversation in Messages, right swipe from your list of texts and you’ll see the “Delete” option appear.
If you’re looking for an automatic approach, iOS 8 has a “Keep Messages” option under Settings which can be set to delete messages routinely.
To set an expiration time for texts, open up your Settings > Messages > Keep Messages and select a default.
5. Back Up Photos, Then Delete (Rinse, Repeat)
Still too many photos taking up all your storage? The Cloud is here to save the day!
You can use a free cloud storage app like Trunx to backup your photo/ videos.
Once you finish, just delete the originals from your phone (you can still access ’em through the app) and go on being snap-happy with your camera.
Don’t wanna delete each file by hand? Use Trunx’s handy dandy Clean My Phone feature. It’ll scan your phone to find media that’s already backed up so you can then delete it with one lil’ tap.
Now you’re a storage warrior, so go forth, snap, and conquer!
Taking it Further
- Looking for even more tips to make the most of your phone storage? We got ’em right here so you’ll never miss out on another photo op again!
- New to phoneography? Let us be the first to welcome you! And may we suggest checking out a Phoneography Starter Kit from the shop?
- We’ve got your computer storage needs covered as well. Just check out these ridiculously cute camera USB drives.