five easy tricks to help you free up space for storage on your iPhone

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5 easy tricks to help you free up storage space on your iPhone

There already are dozens of ways to free up storage in your iPhone, but the issue always appears to rear its ugly head for almost everyone.  

If you can pay for it, we recommend buying the iphone with maximum storage capacity. When you can’t pony up the cash or even frequently find yourself running out room anyway, there’s still hope. Here are a few fresh new tricks that will help you regain a number of your precious iPhone storage.

SEE ALSO: 12 hidden guidelines every iPhone X owner must know

In the past, we’ve protected some of the easiest ways to clear up your own iPhone’s storage. So before you test any of these new tricks, you might want to test some of those older ones, like removing duplicate photos and screenshots, copying photos and videos in the cloud using providers like Google Photos, or by using this strange iTunes rental hack. In the event that those methods don’t work, you can test some of these:

1. Shoot within High Efficiency

If you’re with an iPhone 7 or newer along with iOS 11 installed, Apple includes a new “High Efficiency” compression structure that saves photos in HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format) rather than JPEG and videos in HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) rather than H. 264 (. mov).

Apple says that you’ll be able to shop twice as many photos in HEIF compared to JPEG. In some tests, HEIF photos clocked in at as much as 80 percent smaller file dimensions.

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High Efficiency formats are allowed by default on iOS 11, when you’re not sure if it is or when you have accidentally turned it off, visit Settings > Camera > Platforms > and select “High Efficiency” instead of “Most Compatible”.

There is one caveat to High Efficiency format: They’re not supported by most devices. You will need to convert them to JPEG and H. 264 formats if you need to view and share them on additional devices. Thankfully, there are apps plus online conversion tools built especially for that.

2. Delete photos in Messages

Do you deliver a lot of photos or videos within Messages? Well, guess what? They’re hogging up precious storage on your mobile phone, most likely as duplicates that you curently have saved in your Photos app.

You’ll have to manually go into every conversation and then long-press on the picture or video. Tap “More… inch on the menu box window that will pops up, select each photo (you actually may have to scroll up a lot to access all the older ones), and then faucet the trash can icon within the lower left. Click “Delete Message” to confirm and, boom, they’re eliminated.

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If you’re on iOS 11, there’s an easier method to clear these types of attachments that doesn’t require so much guide work. Just go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and scroll down “Review Large Attachments” and tap it. Now, you will get a whole list of all the attachments a person sent in Messages. Tap “Edit” and choose all the ones you want to trash plus you’re good to go.

And should you be on an iPhone X and have delivered a lot of Animoji, you may as well remove the ones you don’t need as well. They’re delivered and saved as video files, so you definitely don’t want a bunch of this poo clogging up your phone storage.

3. Set messages to immediately delete

The best thing about Snapchat is that every message you deliver on it automatically deletes itself right after it’s opened, never wasting any local storage. That’s not the same to get Messages, unless you set them to run out.

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While they won’t disappear immediately, you are able to set expiration time for text messages where they’re automatically cleared every single 30 days or every year. Go to Settings > Messages plus down under “Message History” tap upon “Keep Messages” and set the time you need.

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But why stop at having text messages automatically deleted? Do the same to get Audio Messages, which is also within the Text messages settings page. Set the termination on Audio Messages to 2 minutes instead of never.

4. Offload unused apps

In iOS 11, there’s another handy storage-saving feature called “Offload Unused Apps”. Head into Settings > General > iPhone Storage and then click on “Enable” under the feature.

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Once really flipped on, your iPhone can automatically delete unused apps once the storage is low. So video games that you may not play often or even apps that you almost never use is going to be removed. The data stored in the applications will still remain intact, and when you choose to download these auto-deleted applications again, they’ll restore back to their particular previous state as if they were never ever gone.

5. Delete cached app data

Some apps such as Twitter cache a lot of data to be able to load quicker. But all this puffern can use up a good chunk associated with space.  

Take the Tweets app, it stores a bunch of things â€? photos, GIFs and Vines â€? in its “Media storage” area. Dump these files, and you can regain some serious storage.

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For Twitter, make sure you’re on the newest version of the app, and then faucet your profile icon. Tap upon “Settings and privacy” and then “Data usage”. Then, tap “Media storage” and “Clear media storage. inch Do the same for the “Web storage” setting if it’s also showing heaviness.

We’ve seen up to 1GB of storage cleared with this technique.

Check your apps to find out if there’s a similar setting, plus clear, clear, clear!

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