How To Free Up Space On Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

One of the biggest complaints about the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch is that you can’t add additional storage after you buy the device. However, that does not stop you from making the most of the space you do have. In this article, you’ll learn exactly what you can do to free up space on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. 

1. Move Old Photos

It’s no doubt that the iPhone is one of the most popular phones for taking pictures. In fact, Apple has launched a whole advertising campaign based around it.

Over time, the amount of photos you’ve taken will grow larger and larger. But are you actually deleting all of them?
Even if you’re not, you don’t necessarily need to. If you have another drive that can store space, such as on a computer, you can transfer the photos onto there. That way, you get to keep the photos, and you get the space they’ve been taking up back. It’s a win-win.

2. Apps

How many applications do you actually use semi-regularly? Chances are, you have more downloaded onto your device than you actually need. Some applications are capable of taking up more than 2GB of space – which is a significant amount, even on a 64gb iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

You can view what applications are taking up the most amount of space by doing the following:

  • Open up the Settings app on your iDevice.
  • Click the area labeled ‘General’, then ‘Usage’, and finally, ‘About’
  • Your applications will be listed in terms of most space used to lowest. Note that it may take a few moments to load if your device has a lot of applications.

iPhone App Usage


As you can see, a few applications can take up a LOT of space. Giving up a few of them won’t hurt you too much, but will give you a lot of extra storage capacity.

3. Miscellaneous

When most people think about what’s taking up space on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, they mainly think about the big things: photos, videos, apps, music, and other multimedia. But what about everything else?

Although it’s not significant, other things take up space on your iDevice as well. Things such as notes, text messages, downloaded emails, and browser cache all add up to taking up a small bit of space. Although it’d be more beneficial to delete apps or multimedia you don’t use, deleting all the miscellaneous things taking up space on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch can free up a bit of space.


If you’re still having a hard time freeing up space on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, there isn’t all that much you can do. In the future, it’d be a good idea to upgrade to an iDevice with a larger amount of storage. But how much space do you really need? That’s entirely up to you.

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