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17 ways to save space on your iPhone: make room for iOS 8, photos, video

One of the challenges we encounter every day is making the most of the 16GB of space available on our iPhone – this was an issue that became particularly pertinent when we tried to install iOS 8 and it required around 5GB of space to be available. But there may be times when you may find even 64GB isn’t enough space for everything you want to store on your iPhone. Follow these tips to maximize the capacity of your iPhone

Step 1 of 17: How to make space on your iPhone

We love our iPhone 5s, but one of the challenges we encounter every day is making the most of the 16GB of space available on it. The fact that we manage this feat is all the more astonishing given that we had 64GB of space on our iPhone 5.

So, how did we manage to slim down our iPhone in order to manage with just 16GB of space for storing apps, photos, music and more? And how do we keep from filling the phone up to capacity?

We’ll share our top tips for managing the space available on your iPhone and for getting the most out of every last MB of storage space available when necessary.

If you want to update to iOS 8 and haven’t been able to because you don’t have enough space, do not fear! YOU DON’T HAVE TO DELETE ANYTHING! How to update to iOS 8 without deleting anything.

This feature was originally based on iOS 7, but we have updated it for iOS 8, and many of the features are still available in iOS 8. Don’t miss our top iOS 8 tips article here: 29 iOS 8 tips & tricks: Get to know iOS 8’s best new features plus read these advanced iOS 8 tips you don’t know yet.

If you are also struggling with battery life on your iPhone read our top tips for getting more battery life from your iPhone

You can also make more space by using a wireless storage device with your iPhone.

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Step 2 of 17: Delete apps you don’t need

This is an obvious place to start. There are bound to be apps you downloaded and only used once. Ditch them.

The benefit of deleting a few apps is that you could free up as much as 500MB with very little effort.

To delete an app press on the icon and wait for it to start giggling about. Then tap on the X in the left corner. There are some apps that aren’t so easy to delete because Apple ships the phone with them pre-installed.

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Step 3 of 17: Find out which apps are taking up the most space on your iPhone

Don’t stop at just deleting the apps you don’t use. Go to Settings > General > Usage and tap on Manage Storage under Storage (not under iCloud as that just shows you how much you have stored in the cloud). Wait for the apps to appear under storage (it can take a minute or so for them to appear).

Now scroll through the list and be brutal. You will find the biggest space wasters at the top – probably your Photos nd Music app, but possibly your Messages app if you receive a lot of text messages with images in them.

If an app you rarely use is taking up 300MB of space then delete it – you can always download it again for free if you want to. Once you have bought something it’s tied to your Apple ID so Apple knows you own it.

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Step 4 of 17: Delete Documents & Data you don’t need from apps

To look deeper into how much storage is being taken up by apps look at Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage and click on the arrow besite the apps listed there. This way you can see how much data they are using in addition to the code required to run the app.

You can click on each app to see how much storage is taken up by the app, and how much of your storage is going on its data. For example our Pages app has 4.9MB of data – with a little tidying up we could ensure that those documents saved on the iPhone were moved to the Cloud where we have a lot more space.

Are there any apps there that have data associated with them that you no longer need on your iPhone? For example, the iPlayer app is 46MB, but we have 512MB of data associated with it, which suggests we have downloaded some programs at some point that are still lurking inside the app.

Go to the iPlayer app and delete them.

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Step 5 of 17: Turn off Photo Stream

If you have Photo Stream turned on you will see photos you have taken on your iPhone or iPad, and those you have uploaded to your Mac from your camera. These images aren’t full res, but are still likely to take up a lot of space on your iPhone. If you could really do with that extra space then turn off Photo Stream.

Go to Settings > Photos & Camera and deselect My Photo Stream. This will delete your Photo Stream from your iPhone.

Unfortunately, it also means that your iPhone photos are no longer uploaded to your Photo Stream on your other devices. You can always turn it back on again after the storage issue has passed.

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Step 6 of 17: Don’t join other people’s Photo Streams

You can create and share photo streams with other people. This is a nice way to share images of events you attended with friends, or pictures of grandchildren with grandparents, but beware that if you join someone else’s photo stream it may quickly fill up your iPhone.

Make sure you have Photo Sharing turned off in Settings > Photos & Camera.

There is also the new iCloud Photo Library, currently in Beta. When this launches you will be able to automatically upload and store your entire librarin in iCloud to access photos and videos on all your devices. For now we don’t know how much space these images will take up space on your iPhone.

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Step 7 of 17: Don’t keep both photos when using HDR

Your phone can use an HDR mode to capture better photos when the image would include bright lights and shadow. You can choose for your iPhone to keep the normal photo, which is handy if you have a slower iPhone – perhaps an iPhone 4 which can be a bit hit and miss with HDR mode due to the slower camera.

However, in newer iPhones we think HDR works well enough for you to be confident that the image you take will be better than it would be without HDR. So make sure that you aren’t keeping the normal photo – go to Settings > Photos & Camera and deselect Keep Normal Photo.

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Step 8 of 17: Sign up for iTunes Match

You don’t have to have every iTunes track you could ever possibly need to listen to on your iPhone. If you sign up for iTunes Match (for £21.99 a year) you will have every track you own available to you via the cloud. Therefore you can delete your music from your iPhone knowing that every song you may wish to listen to is but a download away.

Once you have signed up for Apple’s service, all your music on all your Apple devices will be uploaded to iCloud (even tracks you have imported from CD). This means that you can download any track you fancy listening to on your iPhone whenever the mood takes you.

You can download a track or a whole album, or a whole playlist. Just click on the iCloud download icon. If you then want to delete the track from your iPhone, just swipe left on it, to delete. It will still be available to download from iCloud another time.

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Step 9 of 17: Remove iBooks you aren’t reading

Do you have any iBooks downloaded on your iPhone? Do you need them to be there? If you delete them they will still be available in iCloud to download again, so why not save yourself a few MB by removing the novel you are reading on your iPad from your iPhone.

You can choose to Delete This Copy – ranther than delete it from all your devices.

Also, check Settings > iTunes & App Store and stop Automatic Downloads of iBooks when you buy them on other devices.

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Step 10 of 17: Check your photo editing apps

Do you use apps for photo editing. You may find that some old images are lurking within that you could delete.

We had 13.9MB worth of data in Camera+ so we loaded up the app and deleted the images in our Lightbox that we no longer needed – after all, we had already saved those ones we had edited to our camera roll.

Having done this we noticed that Camera+ had 17.1MB of data associated with it. Which was even more than we had before deleting the photos. Click to the next slide to find out what to do when this happens.

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Step 11 of 17: Spring-clean your Notes

We make a lot of notes in the Notes app on our iPhone. We wondered how much space we could save by deleting those we no longer need.

Unfortunately Notes doesn’t appear in the Storage Usage list we were accessing from Settings > General > Usage. But we started with 4GB of storage available on our phone and having deleted a good selection, our phone memory still showed 4GB.

However, we managed to clear another 12MB using CM Security (which already claimed that we had 4.2GB to start with).

We’d conclude that for the amount of effort it’s not really worth deleting individual Notes, but if may make a bit of a difference in desperate times.

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Step 12 of 17: Delete old iMessages

You can claim back quite a lot of space if you delete some of your old iMessages.

The iMessage app on our iPhone went from 512MB to 397MB and all we really did was delete marketing texts from the likes of O2 and Ikea.

We’re not suggesting you delete whole iMessage conversations that you might want to go back to one day, but there are bound to be a few you really don’t need.

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Step 13 of 17: Delete photos you don’t need

Our Camera Roll is taking up 867MB of space on our iPhone. That’s 150 photos, 3 panoramas, and 6 videos. If we hadn’t turned off Photo Stream we could easily copy these images on to our Mac (we’ll discuss various ways to automatically back up images on the next slide).

However, it is likely that you have images on your iPhone that you had no desire to keep. Perhaps, like us, you often take screen shots of train times when you are commuting. There is no need to keep these shots.

Similarly, if you have been using Burst Mode you may have hundreds of identical images you really don’t need taking up space on your iPhone. Go through and delete photos and videos that you don’t need.

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Step 14 of 17: Turn off Burst Mode

Unfortunately it is not possible in iOS 7 or iOS 8 to turn off Burst Mode. This is a lot of people frustrated – some complain that their photos are now blurry because they have less control of the shutter, others find that burst mode quickly fills up the storage they have available.

We suggest that rather than tapping on the shutter button on the screen you use the volumn control buttons on the side of your phone to take the photo as it is easier to do a single tap that way.

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Step 15 of 17: Use Photo Stream to back up photos

We told you to turn off Photo Stream a few slides ago, but it might be the case that 1GB of Photo Stream images is worth the sacrifice for being able to easily back up the photos you take on your iPhone. Go to Settings > Photos & Camera and turn My Photo Stream on using the slider.

Now, as long as you have on Wi-Fi access every photo you take will appear in your Photo Stream on your iPhone and on any of your other devices you have set up to receive your Photo Stream. (When you turn it on the phone will download the last 1,000 images, it’s likely to take a few minutes).

Now that the photos you are taking are appearing in your Photo Stream you can delete them from your Camera Roll. They will still be available to download on your other devices (at least until you have taken another 1,000 photos, pushing that one out of your allocated iCloud storage).

When you want to download the image to your Mac open iPhoto (or Aperture if that’s what you use) and click on iCloud. You may need to wait for a moment while the Photo Stream updates itself, depending on how often you access the photo library on your Mac. Once the image you want appears, right click and choose Import.

You can also save the image to your iPad by tapping Select picking that image, and then tapping Add To and selecting an Album to add it to.

You can delete all the photos from your phone now without worrying about them being lost forever now.

Photo Stream is changing. So stay tuned for more information about how Photo Stream will upload all your photos on any device to the cloud so that you can access them on all your devices.

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Step 16 of 17: Back up photos to Dropbox

Using Photo Stream isn’t the only way in which you can back up the photos you take on your iPhone instantly. You can use the Camera upload feature in Dropbox to have captured images copied directly from the iPhone to Dropbox.

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Step 17 of 17: Get a bit of space for a photograph

Sometimes you may be confronted with a photo opportunity where in order to capture the moment you really don’t have time to delete things from your iPhone.

Your camera app may be saying that you do not have enough space to take more photos, but there may still be a way.

If you open another of your camera applications and use the camera though that you may be able to take a few shots that you wouldn’t be able to take otherwise. This is because some apps have access to memory that your camera app might not have. Try it, you never know.

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