We’ve all been there: the dreaded “Not Enough Storage” notification popping up when you’re trying to download a new app or take a photo. This painful reminder that your phone is only capable of storing so much data can put a damper on your mood. Prevent getting this annoying notification by deleting certain things from your phone. Read my list of nine things to delete off your iPhone and find out exactly what is hiding under “Other.”
- Photos/videos. Yes, the 30 selfies you took last night are taking up space on your phone. Decide which one you’re going to post and delete the rest. Videos take up more space than picture because the longer the video, the more space you need to store it. Try deleting videos longer than 30 seconds in order to maximize your iPhone’s storage capabilities. If you have trouble parting with photos/videos then connect your phone to your computer and save them on there. This way your photos aren’t lost forever and you’re saving space. Don’t forget to delete the photos and videos under the “Deleted” folder too! If you don’t empty this then you’re not saving yourself space, only moving your pictures and videos to another folder.
- Apps. Unfortunately there are apps like Maps, Watch and Stocks that you might not use and can’t delete but try to clean out your phone storage by deleting ones you no longer use. It could be a game you got bored of or a photo-editing app that you don’t use anymore. Either way, if you aren’t using it regularly, you should get rid of it.
- Messages. Most of us send texts all the time without a second thought, but these messages can be taking up a lot of storage in your phone. Both regular messages and picture messages can pile up after weeks. I recommend deleting all the messages out of your phone once a week to prevent this from ruining your storage.
- Emails. Just like messages, emails can pile up in your phone, causing storage issues. Try deleting your trash bin as often as possible and don’t let your unread messages overflow. You’re able to access your emails on your phone for a reason: so you can read them! So read your emails and delete any you don’t need. Then delete the trash bin to ensure it’s not taking up space in your phone.
- Music. We all love a good playlist or two, but all the music you’re keeping on your phone is taking up a lot of space. Try to downsize the amount of music you keep on your phone by sticking to 50 or so songs you always listen to.
- Podcasts. Similar to music, podcasts can take up a lot of space on your phone. Try deleting any podcasts you don’t listen to and free up space for things. If you’re a regular podcast listener and don’t have the heart to delete any off your phone, look into getting a phone with more storage.
- Call history/voicemails. A lot of people go to manage their storage under their settings and find that “Other” is taking up a large chunk of their phone. But what is it? “Other” is made up of a few different things, including your call history and voicemails. Delete these as often as possible to minimize your “Other” storage use.
- Brower history. Just like your computer, your iPhone stores your website history. To help reduce the storage “Other” takes up, delete your browser history once a week. Do this by opening Safari, clicking on the book icon at the bottom of the page and clicking on the book icon again at the top of the page to open history. Then click “clear” at the bottom right hand corner of the screen and tap “All time.”
- Safari reading list. Saving websites you plan on going back to is another source of “Other” storage. Just like your browser history you should be deleting this on a regular basis, such as once a week, in order to improve the amount of storage on your iPhone.
*Extra advice: If you aren’t sure what is taking up the most space on your phone, go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. It will show you how much space you have left on your phone and break down your storage usage by listing the features that are taking up space.
For me, messages and photos/videos always take up the most space. I often forget to delete my messages and before I know it, all the pictures sent through group chats are taking up a huge chunk of my phone. By deleting the nine things listed above, I’m able to free up a ton of storage on my phone and don’t have to worry about getting that damn “Not Enough Storage” notification.
*Feature photo originally posted on Instagram by @oh.its.jo