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How to Free Up Storage on iPhone – Free Space on iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c/6

​How to free up storage on iPhone? The following guide will show you how to free space on 16GB iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c and iPhone 6 especially.

by Niko |Jan 06,2017..


How to free up storage on iPhone? The following guide will show you how to free space on 16GB iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c and iPhone 6 especially.

Android users clean phones’ cache almost every day by using some third-party software and applications, otherwise, their phones would become slower or be out of storage. As for iPhone users, iPhone will not generate as many cache files as Android phones, while the low storage problem becomes increasingly visible with time. It is more likely to affect the normal use of the iPhone, especially for some old iPhone models, like 8GB or 16GB iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and etc.

The good news is that Apple released new iPhone 7 and iPhone7 Plus with 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage space, and it also scrapped the 16GB option for the last-generation iPhone 6s and 6s Plus (although some in the industry believe that the 32GB iPhone 7 soon won’t feel so roomy). If you have no plan to switch a new phone, then you need to know how to free up storage on iPhone.

How to free up storage on iPhone? Here, we summarize several methods to help you free up storage/space on your iPhone effectively. All methods we mentioned in this article apply to free up storage on iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c and other popular iPhone, iPad, iPod touch models.

How to Free Up Storage on iPhone

In fact, the biggest reason that causes your iPhone insufficient space is the data & content occupation of apps, music files, photos and etc. To free up more storage on iPhone, you can

1. delete infrequently-used apps

Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage, the list shows the used storage, available storage and the storage use situation of each app. According to your own circumstance, you can choose and delete some infrequently-used apps to free up more space for your iPhone.


How to delete apps on iPhone? There are 2 ways to delete apps on your iPhone. (eg: Facebook app)

·         go and check the details of an app, and tap “Delete App

·         tap and hold on the app’s icon from the Home screen until it starts jiggling, and tap the X


2. clear the documents and data of apps

Some apps allow you to clear the documents or data in the Settings option. If you find the app does not offer this feature, you can directly delete and then reinstall it.

3. transfer photos

Camera Roll, Photo Library and Photo Stream use a lot of storage. Delete photos is quite helpful to free up space on iPhone. Of course, many of you are definitely unwilling to delete your beautiful photos and precious memories. You can take advantages of cloud services to backup your iPhone photo or transfer photos from iPhone to computer via iOS file management tools like IOTransfer, and free up more space.

>> How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer

Bottom Line

Of course, you still are able to delete files & content like videos, emails, messages, browser cookies & data, books or voice memos to free up storage on iPhone. Generally, clean and re-organize the data of Photos and Apps can largely free up space on iPhone. 

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Manage iPhone Storage and Avoid Shortage of Space

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