The best ways to free up memory on your iPhone!
One of the most common problems for iPhone and iPad users is lack of space. Owners of mobile devices with a memory capacity of 8, 16 and 32 GB are especially affected, many of which have to constantly monitor the state of memory, remove supposedly unnecessary applications and put up with the fact that photos ands need to be transferred to a computer. If you are familiar with the lack of space on your iPhone and iPad, then this material can really help you out. In it, we have collected 45 different ways to free memory on Apple mobile devices.
The material is designed for various users of the iPhone and iPad. In one article, we have collected both quite obvious and traditional methods of cleaning the memory of iOS devices, as well as secret methods that many even experienced owners of Apple technology do not know about.
1. Restart the device regularly
The easiest way to free up storage space on your iPhone and iPad is to simply restart it. It not only provides a performance boost, but also removes the iOS cache, which grows daily after almost every action you take. You can verify the benefits of rebooting in iTunes. The ill-fated “Other” section, which is all the “garbage” stored on the device, in some cases takes several gigabytes. Rebooting, alas, does not completely clear the cache, but, nevertheless, reduces it.
Restarting your iPhone or iPad is recommended at least once a week. If you use the mobile device especially actively, constantly downloading applications and working with them, then it is advisable to reboot daily.
2. Force reboot
In the fight against overflowing memory iPhone and iPad also helps to force a reboot. During its execution, all temporary files that can take up a lot of space are deleted from the mobile device. A “hard” reboot will especially help users who have not done it for a very long time (or never). In order to force a reboot of the iPhone or iPad, you must simultaneously hold down the buttons Nutrition and Home (volume down button on iPhone 7/7 Plus) and hold them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
3. Remove unused apps and games
And another very obvious way to free memory. On iPhone and iPad, many users quite often installed a lot of unnecessary applications and games that have not been used for a long time. Go through the pages of the main screen, open the old folders and delete everything unnecessary from the device. Despite its simplicity, this method is one of the most effective, because users sometimes just forget that an application is installed on their device.
4. Delete files in applications
Make sure that in applications, both standard and third-party, there are no unnecessary files left. We are talking abouts, films, PDFs, documents, presentations and other types of files that have been moved to applications or created by them. You need to delete such files directly from the applications in which they were created. We draw attention to the fact that memory space after deletion may not be freed up immediately. Sometimes applications move deleted files to special temporary folders that they clean up after a few days.
5. Start updating iOS through iTunes
Updating your iPhone or iPad wirelessly is extremely convenient. However, to maximize the release of device memory, installing firmware via iTunes is recommended. When downloading updates over the air, a lot of temporary files are created and saved on the device. Some of them remain in the memory of the iPhone or iPad even after the installation of iOS.
If you install the update via iTunes, the firmware is unpacked on the computer. Temporary files, therefore, do not reach the mobile device.
6. Uninstall downloaded iOS updates
Not always users want to switch to the current version of iOS. And the firmware, meanwhile, by default is downloaded to the iPhone or iPad via Wi-Fi and stored in the device’s memory, pending installation. The latest versions of iOS are larger than 2 GB, which you can quite free on your device.
To remove downloaded iOS updates, go to the “Settings“→”The main“→”Using Storage and iCloud“And click”Control” In chapter “Storage“. Next, find the firmware stored on the device, select it and delete it.
7. Disable wireless download of iOS updates
In order to prevent new versions of iOS from loading onto the device in the future and you don’t have to constantly monitor them, updating by air can be turned off. To do this, go to this URL. hikay.github.io/app/NOOTA.mobileconfig from your iPhone or iPad and install the proposed profile tvOS 10 Beta Software Profile, then reboot the device.
It is important to pay attention to the fact that after installing the profile, updates to your iPhone or iPad will stop coming. If in the future you want to install a new version of iOS, then the tvOS 10 Beta Software Profile will initially need to be deleted in the “Settings“→”The main“→”Profile“.
8. Delete the old voicemail
IPhone and iPad that have been used for a long time may have a lot of old voice messages. All of them, of course, occupy valuable space in the device’s memory, therefore it is recommended to delete unnecessary voicemail. In order to do this, go to the application “Telephone“→”Answering machine“, Highlight the message and press”Delete“. Then you must definitely go to “Telephone“→”Deleted Messages“And press the button”clear all“. Only after confirmation of deletion will the old voice messages finally disappear from memory.
9. Remove Messages attachments
A similar load in the memory of the iPhone or iPad may hang attachments in messages in the application of the same name. In order to deal with them, run the application “Messages“, Open any dialogue and click the” details“Located in the upper right corner. After that, hold down on any attachment until a pop-up menu appears. In it, select “Yet», Mark all unnecessary attachments and click on the trash can icon to delete attachments from the device.
10. Set a time limit for storing audio and messages
Audio and messages coming to your device after opening are automatically transferred to the device’s memory. By default, they are stored there for an unlimited amount of time, which creates additional load on the storage as a whole. On the menu “Settings“→”Messages“You can set the time for automatic deletion of audio and messages by setting it in paragraphs”Expires“In the sections”Audio messaging“And”messaging“Respectively.
11. Limit message retention time
The Messages application can be optimized in yet another way. You can set a limit on how long messages are stored in the device’s memory. To do this, go to the “Settings“→”Messages“→”Leave a message“And select”30 days“.
Please note that after setting this parameter, all text messages will be permanently deleted from the device’s memory 30 days after receipt. If you care about the history of your correspondence, then it is better to ignore this method and move on to others.
12. Turn off the photo stream
The My Photo Stream feature makes photos ands on your iOS devices shared. This feature is extremely convenient, but if the iPhone or iPad is sorely lacking free space, it is better to turn it off. To do this, go to the “Settings“→”Photo and Camera“And turn the switch”Upload to My Photo Stream»To inactive position.
13. Disable iCloud photo sharing
In the “Photos” application there is another useful feature that is better to disable to free up space on your mobile device. This is “iCloud Photo Sharing”. an opportunity that allows you to create shared albums with other users and subscribe to already created albums. The minus of the function for the iPhone and iPad memory is that all the photos from the albums that you subscribe to are automatically sent to the storage, where they begin to take up space. In order to disable the function, go to the menu “Settings“→”Photo and Camera“And turn the switch”ICloud Photo Sharing»To inactive position.
14. Use iCloud Media Library correctly
“ICloud Media Library” allows you to store copies of photos ands from your device in iCloud cloud storage. Most users use the function, however, not all include the option to optimize the storage of their mobile devices. But thanks to her, up to several gigabytes can be freed up on the iPhone or iPad, depending on how large the collection of device’s media files is.
The function works extremely simply. When activated, optimized copies of photos ands are saved on the iPhone and iPad, and the originals are sent to the cloud. Viewing media files from the device, however, is possible in full quality. When accessing a picture (or), it is downloaded from the “cloud”, of course, with an active connection to the Internet. You can enable the storage optimization function in the “Settings“→”Photo and Camera“.
15. Store photos ands in the cloud.
If all your pictures ands are not placed in the iCloud base storage, use third-party services. Services such as Yandex.Disk, Dropbox, Flickr, Google Drive, and others provide extremely capacious cloud storage for free. Upload media files to them from your iPhone and iPad, freeing up clogged memory. Please note that before deleting photos ands from the device, you must make sure that they are fully copied to the cloud storage.
16. Delete photos ands correctly
One of the most effective ways to free up iPhone or iPad memory is to delete old or unwanted photos ands. The removal process itself is very simple. you just need to go to the application “A photo», Select the photo or that you want to delete and click on the trash can icon. However, immediately after that, the files will still remain on the device and take up space.
To properly delete photos ands completely after moving them to the trash, go to the “Albums“, Select album”Recently deleted“And click”delete everything“. Only after confirmation of deletion do the pictures and clips finally disappear from the device.
17. Disable storing HDR originals
When creating HDR images, the Camera application automatically saves the usual versions of photos, which is why the size of each image is almost doubled. Uncheck the “Leave the original” on the menu “Settings“→”Photo and Camera»And when shooting HDR images, originals will no longer be saved.
18. Delete the contents of the application
Quite often, users forget to delete the viewed content from the application. But it is movies, TV shows, and other variouss that are often responsible for overflowing memory. To removes that are no longer needed, simply go to the standard “Video“, Click”Edit“And by pressing the”X»Erase all unnecessary from memory.
19. Delete Listened Podcasts
closely, it’s recommended that you follow the Podcasts app. New releases of the podcasts you are subscribed to are automatically added to the device. Therefore, if you do not delete them for a long time, they can begin to take up a lot of memory space. Podcasts in the application of the same name are deleted. Near the old or unnecessary podcast you need to click on the icon in the form of three dots, and then select “Delete uploaded object“.
20. Activate the option to automatically delete listened podcasts
If the need to manually delete podcasts is not particularly attractive to you, in the application settings you can enable the option to automatically delete the played podcasts. To do this, go to the “Settings“→”Podcasts“And activate the switch”Delete Played“.
21. Remove Unnecessary Content from iBooks
The content of the standard iOS reader, iBooks, can also occupy an impressive share of the storage of the iPhone or iPad. Various magazines and documents in PDF format, as well as books with advanced functions, for example, built-in audio or content, are especially fond of occupying valuable megabytes. Make sure iBooks isn’t overloaded. Launch the application, click “Edit», Select the books that you want to erase from the device and delete them.
22. Go to Apple Music
For some users on the iPhone and iPad, music and not the apps or photos take up the most space. But the need for manually downloading music to a mobile device via iTunes has long been gone. The Apple Music music streaming service allows you to listen to any music directly through the Internet without resorting to downloading songs directly to the iPhone or iPad (although there is such an option).
Subscription to Apple Music is paid (169 rubles per month), but the first three months Apple allows you to use the service absolutely free. For this not the largest amount, you get access to tens of millions of songs, personal collections, thematic radio stations and other music content. In order to start using Apple Music you just need to go to the application “Music»And start the registration process.
23. Delete the Mail application cache
Even if all letters and attachments to them are deleted from the standard Mail application, it still takes up a lot of space in the memory of the iPhone or iPad. The point is the application cache, which in some cases can grow to several gigabytes. In order to check how much space the Mail application takes on your device, just go to the “Settings“→”The main“→”Using Storage and iCloud“And click”Control” In chapter “Storage“.
The cache of the Mail application can only be deleted in a special way. To do this, you must remove the application from the device, and then install it from the App Store. This simple operation, which takes literally a minute, flushes the entire cache and frees up valuable storage space on your iPhone or iPad. Before deleting Mail, be sure to remember the details of the mail account. Authorization will have to be repeated.
24. Clear Safari Reading List Cache
If you use a reading list in Safari, a feature that allows you to access saved articles and web pages without an internet connection, then be aware that each page takes up a lot of space. And if you get carried away with filling the list, then the size of this very reading list can be more than impressive.
Fortunately, removing Safari’s read list list cache is a matter of seconds. Go to the menu “Settings“→”The main“→”Using Storage and iCloud“And select”Control” In chapter “Storage“. In the list that opens, find Safari, click “Edit»And delete the reading list files.
25. Delete the Safari cache
In addition to reading list cache, it is also possible to delete temporary files of the browser itself. They include your browsing history, searches, and other miscellaneous information. You can clear the Safari cache in the “Settings»→ Safari → “Clear site history and data“.
26. Delete the application cache
And another way, based on the removal of temporary files, this time created by applications and games. Almost every application saves the data it needs on a device for use later. And all would be fine, but the size of these temporary files can be hundreds of megabytes.
Unfortunately, there is no way to clear the application cache at one time. Therefore, you will have to do everything manually. Go to the menu “Settings“→”The main“→”Using Storage and iCloud“And select”Control” In chapter “Storage“. You will see a list of applications and games that are installed on the device. Scroll through the list, deleting the application cache whenever possible.
27. Reinstall large applications and games
Reinstalling large applications and games that have been used for a long time helps to free up space on the iPhone and iPad. The catch lies all in the same temporary files, whose volume becomes larger with time. This method is also pleasant in its simplicity. All you need to do is uninstall the application and immediately download it from the App Store.
28. Reinstall social networking applications
A separate point is to highlight social networking applications. They create the greatest number of temporary files, especially if applications are actively used. In most cases, this is the case. social network applications are launched by users several times a day.
So, delete Instagram, Facebook, VKontakte and other mobile clients of social networks, and then reinstall them. The free space in the memory of the iPhone or iPad will increase, and, most likely, significantly.
29. Download a large application
This method is a lifeline for those users on whose iPhone and iPad there is practically no space left. The essence of the method is to download a large application or game to a device with almost full memory. iOS, seeing that the downloaded application does not have enough space, will start on its own, very efficiently, to delete unnecessary temporary files that cannot be reached with standard methods.
Before downloading, it is important to find out how much free memory there is on the device. The fact is that the size of the downloaded application or game must exceed the amount of space left on the device. There are plenty of weighty applications and games in the App Store, for example, FIFA 16 Ultimate Team or Hearthstone. After a successful installation of the cleaner application, it, of course, needs to be removed.
Also note that if there is very little space in the memory of the iPhone or iPad, then large applications will not start downloading to the device. In this case, try to download, and after uninstalling you need a smaller application.
30. Use special utilities
Third-party developers have created a huge number of utilities for cleaning garbage from the iPhone and iPad. Many of them, for example, PhoneExpander, PhoneClean and others, really do their job, sometimes freeing up several gigabytes on Apple mobile devices. Using such utilities is usually very simple. You just need to run the program and start cleaning temporary files.
31. Configure the device as new
In the event that any of your attempts to free memory on the iPhone and iPad did not succeed, you should resort to a radical way. a complete reset and configure the device as new. To reset to iPhone or iPad, go to the “Settings“→”The main“→”Reset“And select”Erase content and settings“.
We warn you that reset means deleting all files and settings from your mobile device. Therefore, before starting the procedure, be sure to make sure that you back up the current data to iTunes or iCloud.
32. Remove high-quality voices
Each iPhone and iPad has high-quality voices for the Speaking universal access feature by default. If you do not use this function, then voices can be deleted, thereby freeing up several hundred megabytes.
To remove high-quality voices, go to the “Settings“→”The main“-“Universal access“-“Speech“-“Vote“-“Russian“- Milena, click “Edit“And delete the voice”Milena (Superior)“.
33. Clear the Siri cache
Siri users can free up a small amount of memory on their iPhone or iPad by clearing the voice assistant’s cache. To do this, just turn off, and then immediately turn on Siri.
34. Install iOS 12
35. Do not forget to sync your device with iTunes
When you synchronize your iPhone or iPad with iTunes from the device, logs with previously recorded errors are transferred to the computer. After the transfer, they are deleted from the gadgets, as a result of which the memory space is also freed. The most noticeable effect of synchronization with iTunes will be noticed by users who for a long time (or never) have connected their mobile device to a computer.
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36. Delete all duplicates, blurry photos and screenshots from the Photos application. The easiest way to do this is in the web version of the application on iCloud.com.
37. Save high-resolution panoramic images on a computer or cloud storage, and then delete them from your mobile device.
38. Export or delete photos from specialized shooting applications that do not save files to “A photo”, For example, VSCO or Camera.
39. Limit the background activity of installed applications in the “Settings“→”The main“→”Content Update“.
40. Delete old voice notes in the application “Dictaphone“.
41. Turn off the automatic download of applications, music, books and various updates in the menu “Settings“- App Store, iTunes Store.
42. Disable unused system languages in the “Settings“→”The main“→”Language and Region“.
43. Delete unused options for automatic text replacement in the menu “Settings “→”The main“→”Keyboard“→”Text Replacement“.
44. Choose a lower resolution for recording in the “Settings“→”Photo and Camera“→”recording“. For example, instead of 4K, select 1080p.
45. Remove unnecessary third-party keyboard languages and third-party keyboards in the “Settings“→”The main“→”Keyboard“→”Keyboards“.
We hope that thanks to the listed methods of cleaning the memory of iPhone and iPad, you can make the experience of using your mobile device much better. Do you know any other method of freeing memory? Feel free to share your ways in the comments!
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