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Save space on your iPhone or iPad: Top 10 tips

Remove unwanted apps and save space on your iPhone or iPad with our tips and tricks for freeing up memory on your iOS devices

Choosing which size iPhone or iPad to purchase is always a difficult decision. If money is no object, purchasing a 64 or 128GB device is the best way to ensure that you’ll never run out of space for your apps, photos, music and videos. However, for many of us, buying on a budget means that we have to settle for entry-level storage, such as 8 or 16GB.

There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to take a photo or record a video to be greeted by a dialog which states that your iOS device has run out of storage. So how do you fix that? What are the best ways to free up some coveted space? The good news is that we’ve put together a list of the ten simplest and most effective ways – without having to delete everything and start again – to save space on your iOS device.

Top 10 Space Saving Tips

Tip 1

1 Delete apps

The most obvious place to begin your spring clean is with your apps. Navigate through your home screen and pinpoint apps that you don’t use or need anymore. Press and hold the app icon until it wriggles. Tap the cross icon in the top left-hand corner and voilà!

Tip 2

2 Delete Messages

Surprisingly, Messages can take up a lot of space – especially if you send a lot of videos and pictures. To start deleting your Messages, tap the Edit button in the top left- hand corner of the Messages app and tap the stop sign icon next to each conversation.

Tip 3

3 Copy your photos

The quality of the iPhone camera has always been a big selling point. Couple that with apps like Instagram and you’ve soon got a phone overflowing with photos. Copying them onto your computer is a sure-fire way to free up lots of space on your iOS device.

Tip 4

4 Use the cloud

With streaming becoming increasingly popular, there’s not a lot of need to store music on your iOS device. iTunes lets you stream your purchases; sign in to your iTunes account and launch the Music app. Music available to stream has a cloud icon next to it.

Tip 5

5 Clear Safari cache

Safari’s cache is beneficial if you visit the same sites, as it already has a copy of the website to hand for quicker loading. However, a cache can build up in size if you’re a heavy user. Go to Settings>Safari and tap Clear Cookies and Data to clear the cache.

Tip 6

6 Offline Reading List

Safari’s Offline Reading List can quickly build up, leaving you with much less space than you’d expect. To clear the Reading List, head to Settings>General>Usage. Tap Safari and then tap Edit in the top right- hand corner. Tap the stop sign icon next to Offline Reading List.

Tip 7

7 Download less email

If you’re a heavy email user, this will begin to impact on your iOS device’s storage. Do you really need to see every email from the dawn of time? Head to Settings and tap Mail, Contacts and Calendars. Select your email account and alter the Mail Days to Sync setting.

Tip 8

8 Stop auto-downloads

If you subscribe to podcasts, you may find that the Podcasts app downloads all of the podcasts and doesn’t remove them after you’ve listened. Launch Podcasts, tap Settings and set Episodes to Keep to All Unplayed and Auto Downloads to Off.

Tip 9

9 Remove local content

Lots of apps will store content that you create or use within them. Common examples are Spotify, BBC iPlayer and Instagram. Head into these apps and remove any Downloads or Offline Playlists that you don’t need anymore to free up some crucial space.

Tip 10

10 Delete movies/videos

Of all of the content that you store on your iPhone, video files easily use up the most space – a one-hour episode of a TV show consumes 1GB of space! Launch the Videos app, tap Edit and hit the stop sign icon next to the files that you want to delete.