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Like getting involved in a land war in Asia, buying an iPhone with 16 GBs of storage is a classic blunder. Apps, photos, videos, and everything else is getting larger. While you could get away with a 16 GB phone five years ago, now it’s next to impossible.

If you’ve got a 16 GB iPhone, or even a 32 GB model, you need to manage your storage carefully. It’s easy to fill the hard drive completely if you download a few popular apps and use your phone as a camera. While you can clean up some space on your iPhone, it’s awkward and slow. I’m going to show you a better option: iMyfone Umate.

iMyfone Umate Review

iMyfone Umate is a Windows and Mac app that frees up storage on your iPhone.

To use iMyfone Umate, connect your iPhone to your computer, scan the device, and then choose which kinds of files you want to get rid of. It’s as simple as that.

With iMyfone Umate you can remove or compress five kinds of files: Junk Files, Temporary Files, Photos, Large Files and Apps.

imyfone umate review setup

Junk Files are things like crash logs. They build up as you use the device but, unless you’re a developer, you don’t really need them. They don’t take up too much space, but they still save a bit.

Temporary Files are mainly app caches and failed downloads. Every app will store data it needs in a cache. If you no longer use that app, however, that cache will sit there wasting your already limited storage space. Any app you do use will quickly rebuild its cache next time you start it.

iMyfone Umate doesn’t just delete all your Photos and videos and go, “Look at all the space you’ve saved!” Instead, it losslessly compresses them and backs up the originals to your computer. How much space you save depends on how big the original files are and what sort of data they contain. For some things you can save as much as 75% of their initial file size.

imyfone umate review compression

Large Files flags the biggest files on your device. If you have any 500 MB videos sitting in your camera roll, it’ll show them and give you the option to back them up to your computer and delete the originals off your device. It’s great for getting rid of big video files that otherwise sit unnoticed.

Finally, the Apps section lets you delete apps. It’s nothing you can’t do on your iPhone but the interface is far easier to use with iMyfone Umate. No more watching apps jiggle.

What I Found

To be honest, I was sceptical about reviewing iMyfone Umate when I was asked to do it. Any time you visit less-salubrious corners of the Internet, you get bombarded with ads for software that promises the world but delivers Kansas.

imyfone umate review results

The good news is, iMyfone Umate is nothing like other apps that underdeliver. It’s actually really good! I’ve a 64 GB iPhone 6s Plus that’s about eight months old. Before running iMyfone Umate, I had 49.8 GB of used space and 11.88 GB of free space. After using it to clean my phone, I had 34.22 GB of used space and 24.83 GB of free space — a saving of 12.95 GB. That’s more than 30%, which is crazy.

Even more crazy, is I didn’t do much. I just removed Junk Files, Temporary Files, and a couple of small apps that I’d been meaning to delete anyway. I saved about 250 MB of space from junk files and another 1.2 GB from deleted apps; the rest was all Temporary Files.

Freeing up 15 GB of space would be pointless if it made my iPhone worse to use. I was worried that iMyfone Umate might have deleted my downloaded tracks in Spotify, articles in Instapaper, or audiobooks in Audible. It didn’t.

imyfone umate review junk files

I used my iPhone normally for a while between running iMyfone Umate and writing this article to give it a proper test. It seemed as fast as ever. Apps weren’t slower to open or missing data. It doesn’t seem like anything crucial was accidentally removed.

Although I didn’t see a speed benefit, that’s most likely because I’m using a newish iPhone that already had plenty of free space. If you’re using an iPhone that’s almost full, you might see a performance improvement after running iMyfone Umate. At the very least, you’ll be able to store a lot more of the stuff you actually want.

Free vs. Paid

iMyfone Umate costs $19.95 (usually $29.95) from the developer’s website. There’s also a free trial you can download, which lets you scan your iPhone to see how much space you can save. The free version will also remove junk files once, compress the latest five photos and remove one app. For the full suite of features, you’ll have to register for a license.

Exclusive offer: MakeUseOf readers can save 67% on a iMyfone Umate license. Get it now for just $9.95 and save a further $10!

Buy iMyfone Umate for Windows and Mac OS X ($29.95 $9.95).

imyfone umate review activation

Wrapping Up

I was really impressed with iMyfone Umate. Space-saving apps are a famously scammy category. It’s great to see one that over delivered on its promises. It managed to save me over 15 GB of space. That’s more than the user storage you get with a 16 GB iPhone.

iMyfone Umate isn’t free but it’s easily worth the $20. If you’re trying to prolong the life of an old iPhone, it can really help for a fraction of the the cost of a new one.

Remember, MakeUseOf readers can get a copy of iMyfone Umate for Windows and Mac OS X for just $9.95!

If you’ve an iPhone with a 16 GB of space, you’ll benefit from running iMyfone Umate regularly. If you’ve got a 64 GB iPhone, you probably won’t hit your storage limit, but Junk Files and Temporary Files can slow down your iPhone.

Have you run out of space on your iPhone? What ways have you tried to clear it? If you haven’t already, you should try iMyfone Umate; it might be just the tool you’re looking for.

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  1. Tim
    April 24, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Purchased the software, which did not allow me top run the ERASE functions. Tried to contact the company, and emails mysteriously not received. Have I been scammed???

  2. David
    October 25, 2016 at 5:31 am

    imyfone is a scam!!! It makes all sorts of claims about what it can do and backs them up with a 100% money back guarantee. I purchased the software and it didn't work as advertised. When I tried to get my money back they declined to refund me. This is a complete scam. Don't fall for it.

    • Vijay Adhin
      January 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      I also noticed that this is a scam. For system recovery it can do the same as the itunes software and that is for free. I also did not get my money back.

  3. norman llamas
    July 22, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Is there an app like that for Android?

    • Harry Guinness
      September 7, 2016 at 4:16 am

      There should be. Android gives a lot more access to the filesystem and the like so it'd be easier for developers to make one. You can probably get an app that runs on the device itself!

  4. LoucyCusin
    July 19, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Umate pro now available, which can not only save huge space for your iPhone, but also permanently erase all your private data on iPhone, ensure that all your erased data can not be recovered by any recovery tools.

  5. Harry
    July 8, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Have not received my license code. It has been 3 or more hours and I have contacted their support email with no luck.

    • iMyfone Team
      July 14, 2016 at 7:33 am

      Dear Harry Harold,

      We appreciate your recent order for iMyfone.
      License code had been sent to you once you placed your order. But due to some mail server erros, you did not receive it promptly. When you contacted us via email, Aaron from our support team sent the license to you again. The problem was solved, and you also expressed your gratitude to us. :D

      Thank you again for your understanding!

      iMyfone Team

  6. Jimmy Vickers
    July 8, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    I have an iphone 5s and a windows computer. Which version do I need?

    • Harry Guinness
      September 7, 2016 at 4:16 am

      You'll need the Windows version.

  7. AGW
    July 8, 2016 at 2:26 am

    Does this work on iPod? Thanks.

    • iMyfone Team
      July 14, 2016 at 7:34 am

      Yes. iMyfone Umate can work on iPod. iMyfone Umate is a computer-based software to free up space for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch.

  8. Stephanie Phelps
    July 6, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Sounds like and awesome thing to have

    • Harry Guinness
      September 7, 2016 at 4:17 am

      Yeah it's super handy, especially if you've got a 16GB iPhone. Hopefully the iPhone 7 will come with a bigger hard drive by default.

  9. Rodge
    July 2, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    I had 3.5GB free and after cleaning and several crashes 350 Mb still free ??

    • Harry Guinness
      September 7, 2016 at 4:18 am

      Hmmmm maybe contact support? Some of the caches it cleans are going to be re-written pretty quickly so you won't see all the free space lasting.

  10. Roger Bell
    June 30, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Awesome. Thanks for the special offer.

    • Harry Guinness
      September 7, 2016 at 4:18 am

      No problem! We love bringing great deals to our readers.

  11. Kelly
    June 22, 2016 at 3:16 am

    Really work well, get 5 GB back for my 16GB iPhone 5s!

    • Harry Guinness
      September 7, 2016 at 4:19 am

      Glad to hear it Kelly! That's a lot of space to save.

  12. Doc
    June 21, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    "If you’ve got a 16 GB iPhone [i]t’s easy to fill the hard drive completely..."
    I've yet to see a phone with an actual *hard drive*.

    • Harry Guinness
      September 7, 2016 at 4:19 am

      I'm gonna blame my editors for this one. ;) And use the fallback that hard drive is now the general term for a storage device.

  13. Fenerc
    June 17, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Good works, I recover 5GB free space!

    • Harry Guinness
      September 7, 2016 at 4:20 am

      Nice! That's a good saving! Don't fill it all up at once. ;)

  14. Adam J
    June 17, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I recently got iPad Air (not my fav, but have 2 use it for company stuff). Hope to try this out!

    • Harry Guinness
      September 7, 2016 at 4:20 am

      If your boss is buying I'd try get him to fork out for a bigger SSD!!!

  15. Linda Merrill
    June 14, 2016 at 2:42 pm