The iPhone has a range of storage variants. Devices can come with storage capacities as low as 8GB (for iPhone 5C, iPhone 3GS, and lower models) and as high as 256GB. The higher is the storage capacity of an iPhone; the higher will be its price. This is the reason why some users are forced to settle with the lower storage capacity devices. Devices with minimal storage space (8GB and 16GB) can easily get filled up. Higher storage capacity devices may take a while before encountering capacity issues. However, a user who frequently takes high-resolution photos and videos may need more space sooner than regular users. This article will guide you on a simple trick to free up iPhone space without deleting anything on your iPhone.
iPhone Storage Variants
Older models of iPhone have lower maximum storage capacity. iPhone 3 and lower models only have 8GB and 16GB options. iPhone 3GS has a 32GB storage capacity variant while later models have storage spaces up to 256GB. Messages, photos, videos, music files, apps, and other data saved on the iPhone uses the device’s storage. iPhone’s internal storage capacity cannot be expanded using a memory card.
iCloud is Apple’s online storage service that allows users to store documents and multi-media files in the cloud. The stored data can be accessed either through a computer or a mobile Apple device such as the iPhone and the iPad. Apple provides a free 5GB storage space for users who sign up for iCloud. You can purchase additional iCloud storage for a minimum monthly fee.
How to Know iPhone’s Storage Space
To know how much storage space is on your iPhone, follow these:
1. Open your iPhone’s Settings.
2. Tap on the General Settings.
3. Open the iPhone Storage option.
4. The page displays the used, and available storage on your iPhone.
How to Free Up Space iPhone Space without Deleting Anything
iPhone stores app and data cache on its available storage for faster loading times and other purposes. The thing is the use of some of these saved data is at a minimum. Imagine having a garage spacious enough for three cars, with one car occupying one spot for years. Would that used space not be a waste? When left for a long time, cached data will eat a chunk of your phone’s storage capacity. What makes matter worse is that Apple does not allow users to delete the cache and other unnecessary file types manually. But don’t fret. The following steps will help you clear up space on your iPhone without manually deleting anything on your device.
1. Take note of your iPhone’s available storage. The previous section details how you can check your iPhone’s storage space.
2. Open the iTunes Store from your Apps screen.
3. Use iTunes’ Search function to look for a large movie file size. The movie Cleopatra (1963) has an HD version that’s 9.7GB in size. Make sure that the movie file size is way larger than your phone’s available storage.
4. Tap on the BUY or RENT button. You do not have to worry about getting charged. As long as your iPhone’s available storage, around 3GB at most, is way less than the movie size, the transaction won’t push through.
5. Your iPhone will start downloading the movie. Since your available storage is lesser than the movie file, iPhone will automatically search for items that are safe for deletion. The process of searching and deleting is automatic. After deleting all the cache, unused app data, and other file types, iPhone will either notify you that the download cannot proceed due to space constraints OR will start the download. You can simply cancel the download to keep it from completing.
6. You can now check your iPhone’s available storage again. You will now see a significant increase in the available space. You just cleared off some space on your iPhone without deleting your photos, media files, and documents.
iPhone Storage Problems
Q: I’ve deleted a lot of photos and videos from my iPhone, but available storage is still zero. How should I fix my iPhone? Should I bring my device to an iPhone repair service center?
A: Before taking your iPhone to a professional phone repair service center, try to check the Recently Deleted folder on your Photos App and delete the files in there. When iPhone deletes photos and videos, the phone does not discard the files off of your phone right away. The delete files stay in the Recently Deleted folder for 30 days before being finally removed from your phone. This way, you can still recover accidentally deleted files.
Q: My iPhone says that it has not enough storage available. I’ve deleted almost all the apps on my phone leaving only those that I frequently use. I’ve checked the Recently Deleted folder in the Photos and found no pending file for deletion. I tried uninstalled Facebook which took around 200MB space, but after the installation, the available storage on my iPhone remains the same. Is there something wrong with my phone?
A: Most likely, your phone is OK. The data from your deleted Facebook app is cached in your phone memory. Follow the steps in the previous section to (How to Free Up Space iPhone Space without Deleting Anything) remove the unwanted “Other” files from your iPhone.
If your problem persists, take your device to an iPhone repair service center to have it checked.