Apple has a long-standing tradition of designing its devices with limited storage space. While the company has a number of reasons for taking away the privilege of storage expansion in its devices, most users can find this limitation to be crippling at times.
You will not be able to capture more photos, install new apps, sync media files or even upgrade to the latest version of iOS.
So how will you be able to get around this problem to get a little more space on your iPhone or iPad? The following methods should help you.
1. Delete the Browsing Information
If you browse the web using Safari app, use the following steps to delete the browsing data:
- Tap on the Safari app
- Tap on “Website Data”
- Tap on “Remove All Website Data”
- Swipe to “Offline Reading List or History” on the left
- Tap on “Delete”
This will delete all the browsing data and clear up some space on your device.
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On the other hand if you are using Chrome to browse the web, use the following steps:
- Open the Chrome app
- Open the Settings screen
- Tap on “Documents & Data” and delete the browsing data
2. Delete Unwanted or Unused Apps
This is a simple but effective way to free up some space on your iPhone or iPad. Especially games consume a lot of space. There could be many old games that you may not be playing any longer.
Tap on the games app and then tap on “Delete App” and remove them. If you want to play it in the future you could easily re-install it from the App Store.
Besides, if it uses iCloud syncing and has a user account, the data and settings can be accessed on re-installation.
3. Clear the Documents & Data in Apps
Many apps take a lot of space through their “Documents & Data.” Typically, the “Documents & Data” consumes much more space than the size of the app itself.
For example, the Pocket app uses around 37MB of space. However, its documents & data can consume more than 190MB of space.
Documents & Data will have documents and files created or downloaded by the app.
For example, the Amazon Kindle app will have all the eBooks that you downloaded in this folder. This data may not be required and can be deleted to recover a lot of storage space.
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4. Delete Media Files
There are many photos, music and video files on your iPhone or iPad. But there will also be many media files which are stored on the device as part of an app.
Deleting the unwanted media files can help save tons of space of your device.
You can view the large media files from the Music & Video apps.
- Swipe video files to the left
- Tap on “delete” and remove the files
Similarly, you could delete episodes from the Podcasts app, which have been downloaded in the background.
Use these 4 methods to free up space on your iOS device. You could clear up hundreds of MB of storage space so that you could capture new photos and videos or install new apps.