Phone storage space is always a concern, and Apple hasn’t upgraded the minimum storage of their newest phones for a while. Buying a 16 GB iPhone is a bad idea , due to the large space requirements of 4K video, Live Photos, and app sizes that are constantly growing.
There are steps you can take to manage your limited iPhone space , but a new seemingly counter-intuitive tip allows you to clear out lots of space — potentially even gigabytes — with little effort.
I finally removed, deleted and then deleted from the recently deleted folder the 2000+ photos I had on my iPhone! Hello, extra phone space!
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) April 8, 2016
To utilize this tip, you simply need to try to download a movie from iTunes that you don’t have enough storage space for. You’ll want to double-check this first, because if you actually have enough space, you’ll be charged for the movie rental (it won’t charge you if you’re short). To check this, head to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage and confirm the amount of space you have.
Now, head to iTunes on your phone and try to download a movie that’s bigger than your free space. Some good choices are War and Peace (1956) at 8.86 GB or Cleopatra at 10.3 GB. Click Rent and after a few moments, you’ll be told that you don’t have enough space.
Click Settings in this pop-up and again under Storage & iCloud Usage, you should see your free space has increased by several hundred megabytes. Repeat this process a few times until you aren’t freeing up any more space and you could have a couple gigabytes reclaimed!
This process is just deleting old temporary files that your phone doesn’t need but are taking up space, and this is a convenient method to do it in just a few minutes.
Speaking of movies and iPhones, did you know there are awesome short movies filmed entirely on an iPhone ?
How much space did you free up using this method? Tell us how you manage if you’re stuck on a 16 GB iPhone in the comments!
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