That terrible little message on your display informing you you’ve reached maximum storage capacity is the absolute worst! Somehow, it manages to appear at the most inconvenient times, forcing you to delete random photos in a hurry. After reading these 8 tips and tricks, that ordeal will become a thing of the past.
1. Program your phone to automatically trash old conversations.
Do you really need that Chipotle order your mom sent you a year ago? Definitely not. We’re willing to bet a huge chunk of space on your device is dedicated to storing texts you’ll never read again. Tap into your OS settings and decide on how long you want to keep those messages. From there, let your phone do the rest of the work. Easy.
2. Remember to delete the second HDR image after taking a photo.
The HDR setting is phenomenal when you’re trying to take a photo in little to no light. However, it tells your device to store the non-HDR image in the background. Simply head over to your camera to free up some valuable gigabytes.
3. Trick your phone into clearing cached files on its own.
All you need to do is follow the normal steps to rent a movie but don’t actually pay for anything. Anticipating a ‘large download,’ your phone’s software will automatically kick into high gear, clearing out all the stored junk you didn’t actually need. Smart.
4. Don’t forget to manually clear your cache and cookies as well.
Yes, this is a thing! The inconvenient part about the process is the fact you have to do it per application. Go to settings and click on whatever browser your OS has installed (probably Safari, Chrome, or Firefox). Then click ‘clear history and website data’ and you’re done! You might even see an improvement in your phone’s speed as well.
5. Deactivate My Photo Stream.
As you’ve probably noticed, this feature saves duplicates of the same image to all your Apple devices. Meant to guarantee you’re never without the photo you need, the program has been known to suck up all the free space on your system’s hardware, so it’s a good idea to switch it off.
6. Download the Google Photos App.
Some people may not be aware that Google apps can be installed on Apple devices. This particular addition will completely change your life. The app allows you to store thousands of pictures and videos in a ‘mobile cloud,’ freeing up the storage capacity on your OS. The best part? It’s completely free, no matter what!
7. Delete those hardly-used or never-opened apps.
While this one might sound like a no-brainer, there are a few layers to the situation. Applications running on your OS will accrue their own log of cached data, location services, and the like. So that app you’ve only used once could be hogging space in the background without you even knowing!
8. Turn off the ‘automatic updates’ setting.
Allowing your OS to freely upgrade applications will cost you gigs of data as well as space on your device. Go into the settings for the Apple App store menu and simply flip the switch. Doing this will guarantee updates won’t be downloaded unless you manually request them.
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