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This Small Tip Can Help Free Up Space on Your iPhone

Saikat Basu 10-10-2017

You would think that 64GB or 128GB would be enough to hold your life on an iPhone. But that was a few years back. Now photos, videos, and apps hog up pretty much all the free space that’s available. The result? A slower, choked phone.


In short, managing your free iPhone storage space iPhone Storage Full? How to Create Free Space on iOS The "iPhone Storage Full" message hits us when we least expect it. Here are the ways to free up storage space on an iPhone. Read More is a task in itself.

iOS 11 has arrived with a slew of features. There are some that work quietly under the hood. This new feature can find that free space for you so that you can download an essential tool at will.

Let Go of What You Don’t Need

Thanks to app addiction, you may end up downloading the next shiny new app, app after app. Or you might be like me who likes to try everything at least once and then forgets to delete them.

A new feature in iOS 11 keeps both you and me happy. It’s called Offload App. It is slightly different from deleting apps completely. Here’s how you can take advantage of it.

  1. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
  2. Go down the list to the app you don’t need anymore. Tap on it and select Offload App.

Offload App


The difference from deleting an app? The Offload App option will free the space used by the app but keep its documents and data. When you reinstall the app it will restore your data if the app is still available in the App Store.

iPhone also allows you to automatically remove a rarely used app when storage space is low. You can enable it from Settings > General > iPhone Storage and enable Offload Unused Apps.

Offload Unused Apps

Again, the data and settings are saved. But use this with caution as you may suddenly find yourself without an app you wanted.

Space Management Gets Better in iOS 11

These two tiny new features are just part of the few tweaks Apple has employed in the latest update. For instance, the new HEVC and HEIF file formats for smaller video and photo file sizes. The new iPhone Storage screen also gives you a better overview of where your space is going.

Have you enabled the offload app features? Which is the one (or few) apps that hog the maximum amount of space on your iPhone?

Related topics: Declutter, iOS 11.

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  1. Chris
    October 10, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    This feature is not available in iPad. I'm using the 4th generation, I don't see this option.