Ways to Free Up Storage on iPhones

I hate getting that notification on my phone that says my ‘storage is almost full’. It never fails to happen at the worst times – like great photo ops or when I find an app I really want. Don’t worry though, I’ve found a few solutions to that highly annoying problem.

Set Messages to Automatically Delete

I didn’t realize how many saved up messages I had on my iPhone. There’s no need to have texts from my mom and my guy from 8 months ago stealing valuable storage. Here’s how to fix it:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to Messages
  3. Scroll down to message history and click “Keep Messages”
  4. Change it to 30 days
  5. Boom – loads of more storage 🙂

Delete the Apps you don’t Use

I used to be an app hoarder. I would download tons of apps and there were just a lot I never used. Also, make sure you’re COMPLETELY deleting the app. Go to settings, go to general, go to iPhone Storage, click on the app you want to delete and select “Delete App”. It will delete all the files associated with that app and free up more storage.

Your Deleted Photos & Videos are still there

I recently discovered this. Go to your settings – then to storage and click on photos. There is actually a file (somewhere on your iPhone) that keeps all the recently deleted pictures and videos. Click empty.

Enable iCloud Photo Library

Also in the settings – and in storage, enable the iCloud photo library. This freed up lots of space.

Clear your Safari History

  1. Go to settings
  2. Scroll down to Safari and click it
  3. Click “Clear History and Website Data”

Clear your Notifications

On your home screen scroll at the top center of the phone and you’ll see all your notifications. Tap the X by each notification (If you’ve already checked them, of course).

Clear the Apps you Used

I’m really bad at forgetting to do this and it was using a lot of unnecessary space. Double click your home button and remove the apps you’ve recently used from that screen.

Stop the Photo Stream

All this does is duplicate photos. Go to settings, to photos and turn off the photo stream.

Doing those few things freed up loads of storage on my iPhone. I’m so glad to never have to deal with that ‘Storage almost full’ message.

Krissy October is a professional freelance writer, aspiring novelist and knowledge nerd who is dedicated to consistent self-improvement and finding clever ways to solve everyday problems.


  1. Excellent advice!! I’ll be doing all of these today 😊. Thank you for the information!!!!!

    • You’re welcome Karen 🙂 I hope it helped you!

  2. Wow, great article.Much thanks again. Much obliged.

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