Tips & Tricks

How to manage your storage on iPhone and iPad

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  • How to check your iPhone/iPad storage?
  • Are there any changes in iOS 11?

If you use the same apps for a longer period, expect them to become bigger in size since they are collecting your data and cache for your every use. Also, the newer version of the apps tends to increase in size since they are adding more features to them. So, don’t be surprised when you see your free space decreasing over time. If you are, however, struggling with freeing your storage space, you came to the right place. In this article, we will show you how to check what is taking up so much storage space and how to delete those files.

How to check your iPhone/iPad storage?


To check what is using your storage, go to Settings -> General, tap on Storage & iCloud usage and choose Manage Storage. At the top, you can see how much of your space is used altogether and how much is free. You will now see a list of all your installed apps and how much space are each up using.  From there, you can choose each app and see how much space does the actual app take and how much space does its Documents & Data take. To delete an app and all of its data and documents, simply tap on the app you want to delete and press Delete app. Since all of your data and cache is deleted now, you can now reinstall the same app if you wish which will consume less space. Your music and videos can also use a lot of space, so be sure to check on that in your storage and delete it if you don’t need it.

You can also delete your apps from your home screen by holding your finger on the app and then pressing X when it appears. It’s also good to know that iOS itself automatically deletes temporary files, removes the caches on your iPhone and clears streamed music and videos. In some cases, it may temporarily delete some downloadable parts of installed apps to get more free space.

Are there any changes in iOS 11?


On iOS 11, the Manage Storage setting on your iPhone is pretty similar to iOS 10 version of it.  One of the most important improvements is better storage summary screen for each app and more options in managing music storage.

In their newest OS, Apple implemented a new feature called Offload App.  This feature lets you keep the documents and data within the app, but deletes the app itself. So, you will be left with your documents and data without having an app. And when you decide to reinstall the app, your data will be intact. This feature could be very useful when you need some extra space but do not want to delete your data and documents.

If you need more help with your iPhone/iPad, check our Tips & Tricks section.



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