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How to free up space on iPhone

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As a rule, iPhone devices have a lot of storage space, but make it a challenge to get files off device. And when the worst comes to the worst, you get a popup saying “Storage Almost Full“. If you find iPhone storage full, you’ll need to know how to free up space on iPhone and search for a way to export your data to PC. If you’re scratching your head over how to clear storage on iPhone, here are a couple of tips.

Storage almost full iPhone notification

How to check iPhone storage

For starters, let’s identify the root of low disk space iPhone, checking your storage. What is taking up most space on your device? How much iPhone storage do you have left?

Here’s how to check memory on iPhone: go to Settings -> General -> iPhone storage.

You will see a bar chart on top of the screen, indicating how your iPhone storage resources are distributed.

See what takes iCloud storage

In my case, the most space-consuming items are photos and apps. If you look closely, there is also this enigmatic category “other storage”. What does other mean in iPhone storage??

Well, all in good time. Eventually, I was able to free up space on iPhone by a third following all the suggestions from this article.

How to free up space on iPhone

I started with the tips my iPhone offered right below the storage bar:

clear iPhone storage suggestions

  1. Back up photos to iCloud. This is a viable suggestion but has to be discarded if you don’t have enough iCloud storage or don’t want to depend on a cloud service to store your photos.

  2. Erase Recently Deleted photos. If you haven’t done so already, this is always a good place to start. The next step, of course, would be clearing your photo library (let’s admit, more often than not it’s a mess).

  3. Review personal videos. Start with the heaviest items and get rid of those you don’t need. However, my Camera Roll videos do not take as much space, and I am pretty sure I need all of them. If you want to see all the files on your device sorted by size and delete the largest ones, here’s a suggestion from CopyTrans.

What does offload app mean

What does it mean to offload an app? This option commands your iPhone to “return” unused apps and all the user-generated data back to App Store. The app icon will stay on your device, waiting to be clicked on. If you want to use the app again, just tap the icon and wait for it to be downloaded back onto device.

These tips provided by iPhone are quick, effective and personalized, and are worth trying before you move on to more fundamental suggestions on how to clear storage on iPhone.

How to free up storage on iPhone

One of the best ways to free up space on iPhone is to remove files you no longer need or use on your device. Check out the options listed below and learn how to back up the files before deleting them.

Delete photos

One of the simplest ways to quickly free up space on iPhone is to delete photos from iPhone – the ones you don’t need. For me, this was one of the most effective measures as I have a messy library with many duplicates and photos I plan to delete “some tome later”.

The problem with deleting photos on iPhone is they are not easy to select. That’s why I cleared my iPhone library from PC using CopyTrans Photo. It allows you to:

⭐ preview all images in a desktop environment;
⭐ export groups of photos to PC;
⭐ quickly delete the photos you don’t need

So, here is how to delete photos from iPhone in case iPhone storage is almost full:

  1. Download CopyTrans Photo and install it:

    Download CopyTrans Photo

    If you need help installing CopyTrans Photo, please refer to the installation guide.

  2. Launch CopyTrans Photo and connect your iPhone to PC. If you need help with drivers, we got you. You will see your iPhone photos on the left, and PC photos and folders on the right.

    All iPhone photos and PC photos

  3. Consider backing up all or some of your photos before you delete them.

  4. To free up space on iPhone, you can now go through all photos and select the ones you want to delete.
    Select the photos you want to delete from iPhone

    💡 Scale photos in the interface using a slider in the bottom-left corner.
    💡 To select individual photos, hold down Ctrl while clicking on each one.
    💡 To select all photos in an album, navigate inside and press Ctrl+A.

  5. Right-click on the photos and click “Delete”. Or use the “Delete” key. How to delete all iPhone photos

  6. Click “Apply changes”, and the photos will leave your iPhone for good. Click Apply changes to delete photos from Camera Roll

How to use iCloud storage

If you’re already paying for additional space in iCloud, you probably don’t have a photo storage problem. Otherwise, you may be asking yourself: how to add iCloud storage? Well, there are several solutions available, but if you want to have more control over which photos to back up, let us offer our own product with a photo upload feature – CopyTrans Cloudly.

So, how to get more storage on iPhone and still have access to your photos? After saving all your photos and videos on your PC with CopyTrans Photo, you can upload your photos to iCloud.

Download CopyTrans Cloudly

how to clear memory on iPhone

Delete app data

If you’ve cleared your photo library but are willing to go further, it is time to take a look at your messenger and browser settings. One more way to get more storage on iPhone is by reviewing data storage policies and clearing cache.


If you have a lot of WhatsApp conversations, your iPhone is storing all the attachments – hordes and hordes of attachments that invade inhabit your Camera Roll. But you can put an end to it. Here’s how to reduce WhatsApp storage space on iPhone:

  1. Launch WhatsApp and go to Settings (lower-right corner) -> Storage and Data -> Manage Storage.

    You will see how much space cached files take on your iPhone and a list of all chats ranged by the amount of storage they take:

    Reduce WhatsApp storage space on iPhone

  2. Click on the chat to see all the images inside. If there are some valuable attachments, you can download all the media from a WhatsApp group to PC first. CopyTrans Contacts will export the whole chat in PDF and save attachments in a separate folder.

    Save my attachments!

  3. To delete all the attachments inside the chat from your iPhone’s memory, tap Select -> Select All -> Delete.

    The photos will stay in the chat, they will just be removed from your device.

    How to delete all photos from WhatsApp group

  4. Puff! Your attachments are gone.

    iPhone storage cleared from WhatsApp attachments

💡 Use CopyTrans Shelbee to back up WhatsApp.
💡 Use CopyTrans Backup Extractor to find your WhatsApp data on your PC and extract photos, videos and chats.

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In my case, app data was bloated simply because I use Telegram. While Telegram is a wonderful app, it will gobble up huge chunks of iPhone memory unless you tell it otherwise. To minimize memory consumption, regulate the maximum cache size and how the app stores media files:

  1. Open Telegram and go to Settings (lower-right corner) -> Data and Storage -> Storage Usage.

  2. Reduce the maximum cache size and media storage time by moving the sliders to the left. Do not forget to clear the cache following the prompt at the bottom of the screen.

    Clear telegram cache files and reduce the cache size

Google Chrome

If your default iOS browser is Google Chrome, you can attempt to get even more space by deleting browser cache. In order to do this:

  1. Open the browser, then choose More (three dots in the lower-right corner) -> History -> Clear browsing data.

    how to delete browser cache chrome

  2. Make sure you’ve selected all you need and confirm the action.

    Google Chrome mobile delete cache and cookies

  3. A small portion of your iPhone disk space will be freed.


If you prefer Safari to Google, here is what you can do to clear history and cookies:

Go to Settings > Safari and scroll down to “Clear History and Website Data“. Tap on the option and confirm.
clear Safari browser history

This option will help saving space on older devices, but new iOS devices usually have much higher storage capacity, so the amount of space you save here will be negligible.

Delete music, podcasts

iPhone is extremely multifunctional: you can even store all your music, podcasts and books on your iOS device. The difficulty is they will take a lot of space on your iPhone. So, save this data on your PC and free up space on iPhone. You will not lose anything important, I assure you. So, let’s begin!

  1. Transfer music, podcasts and books to PC to clear storage on iPhone.

    CopyTrans offers you two options: copy all your music, podcasts and books to your PC or to iTunes.

    Just follow these easy steps to transfer music from iPhone to your PC.

    Download CopyTrans

  2. Manage all music with CopyTrans

  3. Delete music, podcasts and books from iPhone to clear space on iPhone.

    CopyTrans Manager will help you delete all or some songs, podcasts, books (including audiobooks).

    Here are the instructions: delete music from your iPhone.

    Download CopyTrans Manager

  4. CopyTrans Manager to delete music from iPhone

  5. Manage podcasts and books on your iPhone.

    To help you manage your podcasts, Apple offers a function which automatically deletes the episodes once you’ve completed them. To enable “Delete played”, go to Settings → Podcasts → choose to Delete Played Episodes.

    Manage podcasts in your iPhone

    If you need to delete some books from the iPhone, go to the “Books” app, search the library for the book you (don’t) need, tap three small dots below it → select “Remove”.

    Remove books from your iPhone

iPhone storage other

Even in the latest iOS 15 it is pretty hard to identify and remove data in the Other storage category. In most cases iPhone other storage is huge, therefore more and more users are wondering what it is and how to get rid of other storage on iPhone. Keep on reading, we will give a few valuable tips!

What is other in iPhone storage

iPhone other storage is made up by cached files, settings, Siri content and user files stored in 3rd-party iOS apps. For more info on what Other storage is, consult Macworld. For tips on how to reduce Other storage on iPhone, read on.

How to clear other storage on iPhone

If you don’t want to go through your apps one by one to see which files you can or cannot delete, we know one way to help. You can delete the largest files on iPhone using a free tool, CopyTrans Filey.

Advantages of CopyTrans Filey

✔️ Delete documents on iOS device with few clicks;
✔️ Transfer files between iPhone/iPad and PC;
✔️ Back up files;
✔️ Work with different formats: .xlsx; .docs; .pptx; .pdf; .epub; .avi; .mov; .mp4; .mp3.

Here is how to get rid of other storage on iPhone and perform an effective file cleanup on your device:

  1. Download CopyTrans Filey from the product page and install it:

    Get CopyTrans Filey

    If you need help, refer to the installation guide.

  2. Launch CopyTrans Filey and connect your device. For any connection issues, please consult our guide on getting started with CopyTrans Filey. You will see the main screen. From there, click on “All Files”.

    CopyTrans Filey the main screen

  3. You will see all the user files stored on your device. Sort them by size to get a clearer picture.

    CopyTrans Filey sort iPhone files by size

  4. Now that you can see all the files sorted by size, just delete the largest ones.

    Delete files on iPhone using CopyTrans Filey

  5. Done! Here’s how to reduce other storage on iPhone and make sure you didn’t miss anything.

    If deleting app files does not suffice, consider offloading apps.

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Carina is part of team CopyTrans since 2008 and is always happy to share her passion for web marketing, graphic design & social media. With coffee running through her veins, she enthusiastically dives each day into the depths of the Internet searching for new cool stuff to be shared with you and her team.