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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”:

Storage almost full iPhone notification

If your iPhone is low on storage, you’ll need to delete some files or search for a way to export your data to PC. If you’re scratching your head over how to clear space on iPhone, here are a couple of tips.

How to check the storage on your iPhone or iPad

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

Here’s how to see the amount of storage available on your 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 other storage??

Well, all in good time. Eventually, I was able to clean about a third of my iPhone storage by following all the suggestions from this article.

iPhone storage cleanup result

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

clear iPhone storage suggestions

  1. Upload 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. Offload unused apps. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

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

Free up space on iPhone: clear photo library

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

The problem with deleting photos on iPhone it may be toilsome to select them. That’s why I cleared my iPhone library from PC using CopyTrans Photo. It allows you to:

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

So, here is how to clean your iPhone Camera Roll:

  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.

    iPhone photos and PC photos

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

  4. 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 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 clear other storage on iPhone

What is Other storage on 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.

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.

To 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 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.

Delete app data from messengers and browsers

If you’ve cleared your photo library and deleted large user files from apps but are willing to go further, it is time to take a look at your messenger and browser settings. One more way to save space 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


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 history and cached files. In order to do this:

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

    Free up space on iPhone by deleting Chrome browsing data

  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.

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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.