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Use This Trick to Free Up Wasted Space on iOS

Nancy Messieh 30-11-2016

We recently showed you a nifty little trick to free up 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 on your iOS device by clearing the Google Maps cache Free Up Space on iOS by Clearing the Google Maps Cache If you use Google Maps for navigation on your iPhone or iPad, you might be surprised by how much space is taken up by its cache. Here's how to reclaim that space. Read More . There’s another neat trick for reclaiming wasted space on your phone, which ironically, requires you to download more apps to your phone.


What you need to do is check your phone’s storage by going to Settings > General > Storage and iCloud Usage. There you can see how much available storage you have.


Next, go to the App store and download a large app — make sure the download size of the app exceeds your available storage. FIFA 16 Ultimate Team, for example, is a huge (and free) app taking up 1.4 GB worth of space while Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is over 1.2 GB. Or go all out with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft which is even bigger at 2 GB.

The app will begin to download until it runs out of space. In an attempt to free up space for your large app, your phone will clear out temporary files that you don’t need. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t make it easy to get rid of these files, but this workaround should work like a charm. Using it on my phone, I was able to free up over 1 GB worth of space.

What tricks do you have for freeing up space on your phone or tablet? Let us know in the comments.


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  1. DH
    November 30, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    This truly works!! Read this via another website over the weekend and tried it...cleared out nearly 2 GB of wasted space.