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Running Out of iPhone Storage? Here’s Your Ultimate Guide

In this video, you’ll discover how to optimize storage on your iPhone! 📱 From understanding what apps are using the most storage, to deciding whether to delete or offload apps, this video has got you covered. We’ll also explore how to enable iCloud Photos to further optimize your iPhone’s storage.


  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:18 – iPhone Storage Settings
  • 00:54 – How much Space does your iPhone have?
  • 01:25 – How much Available Space should you have?
  • 02:03 – What is taking up iPhone Storage Space?
  • 02:42 – App Data vs Documents & Data
  • 03:31 – Deleting vs Offloading Apps
  • 05:29 – Offloading an App Demo
  • 07:10 – View Apps by Last Used Date
  • 08:30 – Store Photos in the the Cloud
  • 09:45 – Manage iCloud Storage
  • 10:22 – Wrap Up

For many of us, our iPhones are an extension of our lives, storing precious memories, favorite apps, and vital information. But just like a well-organized home, your iPhone needs a good spring cleaning from time to time. Let’s walk through this process together, step by step.

Checking Your Storage Capacity

First things first, let’s figure out how much storage space you have and how much is currently being used. Grab your iPhone and follow along:

  1. Tap on the Settings app – it’s the one with gears on it.
  2. Scroll down and select General.
  3. Here, you’ll find an option labeled iPhone Storage – that’s your destination.

Once you’re in the iPhone Storage section, you’ll see a colorful chart that represents your used and available space. It’s important to have at least 10% free storage on your iPhone for it to run smoothly. If you’re below that threshold, it’s time to consider some cleaning.

Identifying and Managing Large Apps

Now, how do we see which apps are hogging all that space? It’s simple:

  • Just below the storage chart, you’ll notice a list of apps sorted by size. This gives you a clear view of the culprits.

But what to do with this information? Let’s use an app called “Turmoil” as an example. Say I don’t play it much anymore and it’s taking up valuable space. Here’s what I can do:

  1. Tap on the app’s name to see more details.
  2. Here, you’ll see two numbers: the app size and the data it contains.
  3. You have two main options: Offload the app or Delete the app.

Offloading an app frees up storage used by the app but keeps its data intact. If you decide to reinstall the app later, your progress and settings will be right where you left them. To offload, tap on Offload App.

Deleting an app, on the other hand, removes the app and all its associated data from your iPhone. If you’re sure you won’t need the app again, go ahead and tap Delete App to clear out everything.

Organizing Apps by Usage

If you’re curious about apps you haven’t opened in a while, you can sort your apps by the last time you used them. This can help you identify forgotten apps that might be taking up space unnecessarily. Simply select Last Used and consider offloading or deleting apps you no longer need.

Utilizing iCloud for Photos

Photos can take up a significant amount of space on your iPhone. Thankfully, iCloud Photo Library can help. By storing your full-resolution photos and videos in iCloud, you’ll free up space on your device while keeping all your memories accessible. Just ensure you have enough iCloud storage to accommodate your media library – you might need to purchase additional storage.

Wrap Up

Managing your iPhone’s storage doesn’t have to be daunting. With these simple steps, you can ensure your device remains fast and responsive. Remember, keeping at least 10% of your iPhone’s storage free is a good rule of thumb for optimal performance.

I hope these tips help you as much as they’ve helped me. Stay organized and enjoy your iPhone to the fullest!

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