If you would like to view an overview of your storage issues, you can do that in your iPhone pretty easily. Before diving deeper into the various ways that you can clear your storage, first, you are going to want to look at exactly how much space is being used, and what apps are at fault. Looking through your apps list and how they are allocated space will show how much space is being consumed in a hurry.
You can scroll down all the way to the bottom of the list of apps to see how much storage is being consumed by the system and the other storage sections. Under iPhone Storage under the General settings, you can see what apps you have not used for a while, and how much space they are taking up. As you can see under the General settings of your iPhone (iPhone Storage), your iPhone conveniently lists all of your apps in order of size — largest app is listed first.
Your iPhone Storage menu will split this top panel up into familiar categories such as Apps, Media, Photos, and Mail, as well as the rest of the Storage sections. Tapping that option will give you a breakdown of the file categories, as well as the media that you are keeping on your iPhone. You can quickly see which apps are taking up space on the iPhone and iPads Other Files folder by checking out the Usage folder within the Settings app. Launch the Settings app and choose General -> iPhone/iPad Storage, and the amount of storage space used is shown in a color-coded panel on the top.
You can also remove music from Settings > General > Storage, which is nice, as you can see exactly how much space your music is taking up on your iPhone. Not only can you remove media from the respective apps, you can also occasionally do so from Settings. You can open up your Photos app on the iPhone, browse through your photos and videos, and remove anything that you no longer want. To do so, just tap on the Select option within the Photos iPhone app, and then tap on the media that you would like to remove from the photo library.
With this, if you are absolutely sure that you will not want to restore any deleted photos or videos, you can remove all of it in your recently deleted folder, and get some valuable storage space back fast. If you happen to actually accidentally delete photos from your iPhone without backing them up somewhere else, you will still be able to access them within the Recently Deleted folder for up to 30 days. Once you have deleted photos, you also need to keep in mind that the photos that Apple has stored from the last 30 days are located in a Recently Removed folder within your Photos app – they will still be taking up space, so be sure to remove those from there as well. Apple conveniently shows you when you have most recently used specific apps when you go into Settings, choose General, and tap on iPhone Storage, so this may help to make this process quicker and easier.
If you do not have time to make decisions about what you are going to delete or backup to Apples iCloud, and just want a fast, simple way to start clearing out space, go back to Settings, click General, and tap iPhone Storage. If you are still getting out-of-storage errors on your iPhone, and deleting data from the system data section does not seem to be working, you should try downloading files into iCloud. You can upload photos from your iPhone to online storage such as iCloud. Using iCloud Photos helps in more ways than storage, like making your image and video collections viewable on other devices connected to the same Apple ID.
Instead of permanently deleting your photos, you can backup your library on a third-party cloud storage platform, a popular, free example being Google Photos. You could go through your library manually and delete those photos and videos, but an easier, faster alternative is an iPhone app such as Gemini Photos. While iClouds primary function is being able to see all the photos you took on an iPhone or iPad, in real-time, on any one of your Apple devices, you can also use it to save on storage if you are taking lots of photos. Photos that you store on your iPhone or iPad naturally eat up storage on your device, which can quickly become full depending on your available storage and how much content you have.
Videos, music, photos, podcasts, and other media files probably take up the most space. Photos, videos, podcasts, music, and larger apps are generally the things that hog the most space on an iPhone. The Music and TV apps on your Storage list indicate how much space your device is taking up with music and video files, respectively.
Below a panel on top, you will see your phones apps listed, along with how much space they are taking up — for the apps themselves as well as for their stored data. Below this, you will see a list of apps on your phone and how much space they take up, both for the apps themselves itself and their saved data. If it is been awhile since you have used an application, and it is taking up a lot of space, tap on it to view its app size and how much data it is stored on your iPhone.
You will then see the apps storage info, like its size, and buttons for deleting or unloading it. You might need to wait for a few moments, but you should see a chart on top of the screen that shows how much space you have available, and what is using your storage space (media files, apps, photos, etc.). To view how much storage is being taken up by both Twitters app Twitters app, as well as its data, like saved content and temporary caches such as Web and media data, open the iOS Settings app, and navigate to General > iPhone Storage, and choose the Twitter app from the list.
Other media apps behave the same way, and you can remove songs, podcasts, and the like from respective apps under “Storage” within Settings. You can manage that kind of content inside of each app, but some let you remove media from the settings. Deleting apps, photos, and videos will clear a large portion of storage, but clearing the cache in the web browser may give you some extra room, too, if you are running low.