How to Free Up Space on iPhone (& Never Worry About It Again)

How to Free Up Space on iPhone (& Never Worry About It Again)

– Since most iPhone users
don’t stray too far from iOS, when they upgrade from their iPhone, it’s typically to a new iPhone. Now when they do this things like photos, app data, contacts, everything is transferred directly to the new phone via iTunes. Now combine that with the fact that when these users buy a new iPhone, they don’t generally get
the larger storage size. They keep with the same
storage size they had, and you can see how over time, that’s a pretty good formula
for running out of space. Since it’s one of the biggest things that my friends and
family ask me help with, I figured I would do a quick video to show you how you can free up storage and space on your iPhone, and not only that, but also some little tricks
and apps that can help you never have to worry about it again. So first up we shouldn’t
go into this blindly right? So. Thankfully, iOS actually has a feature
within it that can show you who the largest culprits of storage are. To get to it, go to Settings, General, Storage & iCloud Usage, and then click Manage
Storage under Storage. From here you’ll see a
list of all of the apps that are taking up the
most storage on your device in size order from the largest at the top, all the way down to the
smallest at the bottom. Chances are if you did that check, Photos is probably somewhere near the top, and probably by far. So now what we’re going to do is we’re going to use an
app called Google Photos to upload all of the photos
that are on your phone and your videos, and then automatically do so from now on. When that happens, we’re going to delete all
of your camera roll photos, therefore saving you a crap-ton
of storage on your phone. Now you may be wondering, “How do I still see all of those photos?”. The Google Photos app actually
allows you to view them without them taking up storage space, so long as you the Google Photos app instead of your regular photos app. And then if you want to
share them or anything else, it just downloads them as needed, again saving a lot of storage. To use this we’re gonna
head to the App Store and search for and install Google Photos. Open it once it’s installed and then log in or sign up. Keep in mind that this is free and also it will allow you
to back up unlimited photos, so long they’re at a certain quality. But trust me, that quality is much higher than most photo-sharing
services will ever need. Then click Settings, and select to automatically
back up your photos, or just select it when prompted
during the setup process. Now connect to a Wi-Fi
network at this point to speed up the process. And this will also make sure that it uploads your videos as well. Tap the menu icon at the top left, then tap on Assistant and just make sure that
you see it backing up. At this point you can just wait, because it’s going to take a while. Once it says it is done, type in
into your browser, log in with the same Google account that you used to log into
the app on the phone with, and then just kinda go
through it and make sure that it looks like it grabbed
all of your photos and videos. So next up we’re going
to get rid of the photos in the camera roll. Again please make sure that you’ve done another
back up of your photos, not just the Google Photos, just in case. Now unfortunately, iOS doesn’t have a way to do this without literally tapping
each one individually and deleting them that way. But the Google Photos app since it, just knows that this probably
what you’re doing with it, apparently, has a way to do it for you. So just re-open the Google Photos app, tap the menu icon at the top left, then tap Settings, under free up device
storage tap Free Up Space and follow the prompts to finish the job. From then on you’ll have all of that storage reclaimed, and again you can just go
into the Google Photos app to check out all of your
photos from the past. So the next app, you probably wouldn’t think of as one that would be
taking up a lot of storage. But because iOS saves all of your photos, and all of your conversations
in the Messaging app, messages can actually
be a huge storage hog. Now by default, iOS actually saves all of
your messages indefinitely. Literally says the word, forever, in there. So, since you probably don’t need it forever, we’re gonna change that
to the lowest it can be, which is 30 days. To do that head to Settings, Messages, and then under Message
History tap Keep Messages, and change it from Forever to 30 days. The next biggie for most people is Music. So the truth is that you don’t really need your entire library of 10,000 songs on your phone at all times. I mean you’re only gonna listen
to a small portion of that, if we’re honest, and chances are you probably have Wi-Fi, or at least Data Connectivity
most places you go. So a really good solution
to save a lot of space, is to use some type of streaming service. Now there are a bunch of them out there. I personally use Spotify, it’s $10 a month for the service. It allows you to search
for basically any song, and you can play that right away in case you have a craving for a song, otherwise you just tap Save to Device and it’ll actually download specific songs in case you wanna use them
and have them at all times, or if you live in a city that has a subway system for example. So what if you have your own music library on your phone or your computer, say from Cds or wherever
else you got them from, Spotify wouldn’t be a great solution, neither would most of the
other streaming services. But Apple actually has their
own streaming add-on for iTunes called iTunes Match. Now essentially what
this allows you to do, is it allows you to
upload all of your music, whether it’s from iTunes or not
up to iCloud through iTunes, and then stream that music
directly to any of your iDevices, and also save them to your device, all that similar stuff that
I mentioned with Spotify. So if you’re interested in doing that, you can set it up by going
on the phone to Settings, Music, Subscribe to iTunes Match. Then on your computer you’re
gonna download and open iTunes, and then you can add your
music to the library in iTunes and have it upload to iCloud. And there you go, that probably covers the biggest ones, and probably has already
stopped you from getting that warning that you
are running out of space, which is what prompted you to find this video in the first place. Now if you do want other ways of saving even more storage on your phone, I actually wrote them all out
in the article for this video, so click the link below
to be taken to my site where you can see all of that. If there are other ways you
guys know to free up storage, please leave them in the comments below. Always love to see them, and they’ll help other people as well. If you enjoyed this video, please thumbs-up it or share it, it is greatly appreciated, and if you want more videos like this, please subscribe to the YouTube channel. Also reach out to me
on Twitter @theunlockr with the e missing in the word unlocker. And as always, thanks for watching.

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “How to Free Up Space on iPhone (& Never Worry About It Again)

  1. CHS_Review says:

    Why does he talk like if he is drunk 🥴… Nice video it helped a lot

  2. Pamalla Yang says:

    I did the same google thing but it still says my photos are taking up my storage

  3. Slxyz -_- says:

    Photos isn’t even my problem lol

  4. Jarvis Conerly says:

    This is no help

  5. BurntFist says:


  6. Gifted Child says:

    But when you want a photo from google photos; it recovers the pic and any photo you’ve taken before….

  7. Hazel Glamlife says:

    I just did exactly what u said I’m hoping this works because I’m trying to create videos and need times so this has to work .

  8. karma oak says:


  9. OverLoadedSA 0792 says:

    My Phone has 16gb And photos takes up 6.7 GB and I have 7 photos and 2 vids wow

  10. KatyXflameX girl says:

    I have no more storage I can’t download,take pics

  11. Clouding Cutekitten says:

    My YouTube only got 9gb

  12. Amina Ba says:

    Same as hadez anims

  13. Jennifer Comcom says:

    is it really needs data for backing up photos or videos?

  14. PDN11141 says:

    I want to back mine up to a toggle/ external storage, so how is it done?

  15. ali shirazi says:

    Thank you 🙏🏻

  16. Gamer Bree says:

    when i delte my photos bc its already on google photos i just hope i dont lose my photos

  17. Bella Patel says:

    Thank you…

  18. Ethanempire 64 says:

    Sooooo what if the problem is the things in other

  19. Eliza Brown says:

    All you people under here complaining about no storage to download the app.. if you really wanted your storage you would’ve found a way. I deleted some apps, downloaded this, transferred the photos then delete them from my phone, then I reuploaded the apps I deleted. Find a way and shut up!

  20. alice roses says:

    I have 5GB Nd I can’t take photos or download apps, what should I do 😢💔

  21. Some girl obsessed with Bands says:

    Recently played : fall out boy
    I stan

  22. IM NOT A HUMANNN says:

    Help if anyone knows the solution – I reset my phone so everything could erase bf I was selling it but when the buyers wanted to see camera quality it said I had no storage which is impossible bf like I said I reset it and there was nothin I tried erasing basic apps that apple already includes like calendar and more and it still says I have 16 GB SOMEONE PLZ HELP ME IM STRESSED

  23. Today Today says:

    i cant install any apps bcs of my memory 😂And I cant even erase photos and apps….crazy iphone

  24. Martine1love says:

    Could you offer any advice please? You said that photos is what likely consumes most of storage. In my settings, it tells me it is Facebook, with 34.21 GB compared to photos with 7.24 GB. What can I do about this? Thank you in advance for any input.

  25. Arlene Sinanan says:

    What if this is fake

  26. • B A D D I E E M M A • says:

    I can’t download google photos because I don’t have storage -.-

  27. QueenMSP says:

    imagine I have only 4 apps and 1 photo .

  28. InDeKills says:

    I’m just gonna use my pc now instead lmao

  29. Galaxy girl Gaming! says:


  30. Kody Truelove says:

    dude this guy reminds me of my coworker and its kind of annoying lol. but thanks for the good info tho

  31. Screaming Tater Tots says:

    Thank you!!!

  32. xXShadow Night81Xx says:

    If you can't Download the app because of Storage then try this:
    If you have a Pc then Transfer everything to there and Download the app then send some Apps and Photo's Back and Store them to Google Photo's and then Send it by a bit, that should help if your Storage is full!

  33. memeisakidd 11 says:

  34. Demon Tree Media says:

    I just tried to film a drawing video and lost 45 minutes of footage from my phone being full. I just freed 6GB because I'd apparently been hoarding podcast episodes that I never listened to from weekly downloads. This video was helpful!

  35. jolly does random says:

    My camera roll isn’t the problem though it’s apps but this is the smallest amount of apps I’ve ever had on my phone. The next biggest about is “other” I don’t have music apps on my phone because I have YouTube premium and so I can just listen to it on YouTube.

  36. TrainerGamer Vividevanwon does plotagon says:

    I hate storage

  37. Chicken Nuggets says:

    System is taking most of my storage 😢 how do I fix this

  38. Lilliii/ l says:

    I’ve only used 17,2 GB of my 32 GB, but yet i still cant download anything. Half of it is called “other” how Can i delete “other” and what is that

  39. Lilliii/ l says:

    I refuse to delete Tiktok

  40. Shaydon Auck says:

    i can’t download the google app if i don’t have storage

  41. BenChi says:

    Man I have like 1/2 a page of apps and still no storage

  42. Meme Lord says:

    If your like me and you dont trust google with your life memories, just save them to your computer and or a usb

  43. AsapVasian YT says:


  44. Kizzme timmey says:

    This was so helpful

  45. MewtwoXx _ says:

    I hope everyone can see this, But the reason why we all apple user’s have almost no storage when we batley have anything is because apple does it on purpose and does it so we can buy more storage.

  46. Itsalexa says:

    Look, I have google photos but see THE OTHER IS THE PROBLEM NOT PHOTOS

  47. jesus reyes says:


  48. jesus reyes says:

    It worked

  49. J vlogs Productions says:


  50. Redwing Games says:

    Those face expression’s lol

  51. Danish Cookie says:

    I have over 3000 screenshotted memes on my iphone ;_;

  52. bigbigcheese2 says:

    Yeah but Google Photos needs iOS 10 so what do I do?

  53. Jada C says:

    did you ever notice that if you delete the photos it deletes from google photos ! 🤦🏽‍♀️

  54. 10k subs with no videos Challenge says:

    I came here because my storage is full, so I deleted most of my pictures, and absolutely nothing changed. I thought this was common so I came here and got no answers

  55. JLee A says:

    You can delete photos a little bit faster than that. Hit select, tap and drag and it’ll select the photos faster.

  56. WacMo Productions says:

    When I delete stuff on camera roll it deletes in google photos PLZ HELP

  57. Crowley says:

    Wow it’s free 1mb

  58. Moonli says:

    My photos are paused and I don’t have them what do I do

  59. King Johnny says:

    Google photos did not work AT ALL. IT INCREASED MY STORAGE ON MY IPAD BY 20 GBS YOU SLOB!!

  60. MilkPaw LPS says:

    I used 32 gb at our 32gb oof

  61. Iman Dunbar says:

    Who else said get to the point

  62. lI Unknown Il says:

    Apple is trash😑

  63. Christiana Ogunluyi says:

    It says documents are taking up loads of the space

  64. Aaliyah Rosalina says:

    Photos for me takes up 11 gigabytes and I have google photos but I’m afraid of deleting them off my phone

  65. xRqiny says:

    My phone is a iPhone 6s Plus. I have no photos no apps no nothing………………………..I have a YouTube channel so I don't know how I'm gonna make my YouTube videos 🙂 yay… that's great.

  66. gianni300rpm says:

    sounds good,you were thorough and understandable .i give this vid an AAA+

  67. Mackenzie Morris says:

    We can’t download with full storage🤦🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️

  68. i luv kth says:

    all the photos i have are memes and i cant just delete them and get them from google photos every time i gotta use one yk oof

  69. Rani Yt says:

    Most of my storage says “other”I wanna know what “other” means

  70. Julaka Studio says:

    yle xar dzma ?

  71. Ben Sochacki says:

    To bulk delete photos:  open album – press select – start at bottom right holding thumb/finger down – drag right to left THEN without lifting drag from bottom up along left side – select delete (garbage can).  Be sure you know what is being deleted.

  72. ShadeIsHere -_- says:

    Thank you at first i had 100% space full now I have 85%

  73. Jam Pogi says:

    ughhhh my ipad doesn't have enough space tho i deleted all the apps!

  74. Forever_Fortnite 10 says:

    I have an iPhone SE which only have 16GB and my system alone takes up over 9GB and my photos is only like 50MB

  75. 2_Voxi_8 ! says:

    You talk he’ll of slow

  76. Golden Pack says:

    I have like 3 apps and my storage is full 🙂

  77. Babyydolls World! says:


  78. Gaming Potato says:

    can you delete the google photos and then if you download it again will u still see ur photos

  79. Insmnxia says:

    kpop stans where u at,, my whole gallery literally consists of kpop

  80. 1 F says:

    Your IPhone updates take a lot more of space

  81. 100 subscribes without a video says:

    Tnx bro

  82. Lana Gorun says:

    is it just me or do the videos in google photos take SOOOOOOOO LONG TO SAVE IN YOUR GALLERY OR TO LOAD

  83. Frostsessa says:


  84. Migz616 says:

    I cant delete all the photos in my recently deleted

  85. Carson Horton says:

    Can you help me??? I have a 5c, and I've only spent 2 gigs of storage. the list that shows all o the apps adds up to under 2 gigs. yet my phone says I've spent 12 GIGS. I literally cannot download anything because there's some hidden cache SOMEWHERE that I don't know how to delete. Please help me!! Thanks in advance.

  86. Jacqueline Fenwick says:

    If I store my photos in goggle photos can I easily access them to send them to friends in FB and messenger etc. thank you for any help. I’m not very technical.

  87. emmma Queen#1 Period pooh says:

    FYI I love hate u 🙂

  88. Thembani Ryan says:

    More frustrating

  89. From Nippon من اليابان says:

    Very helpful. Thank you.

  90. Jake Gutteridge says:

    What you said 00:00 until 00:30. WHAT is the actual point of buying a new phone then?!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  91. Everything lays 11 says:

    i got google photos and when i deleted the originals from my real photos it deleted off the app too

  92. John Doe says:

    FUCK GOOGLE!!!!…. those are mine I’m not 4..!!! I don’t need training wheels on my life thanks!!

  93. Tyonius says:

    What if i don’t have enough space to download any app and I want to keep all my photos and apps? 😂

  94. Aashika Gurumurthy says:

    Honestly this was indeed helpful. I saved 5GB

  95. Ana Kantaria says:

    Oh I can see adjarian cheese brad on your photos 😂🙏🏻

  96. SKY BELLE says:

    This video was helpful non the less! Don’t understand all this comments

  97. Iced Cats says:

    I have no apps and no photos and I have no storage what

  98. Jjsjss says:

    I have like 100 pics, 2 apps. And I have full storage. Wtf

  99. -GhOsT Crazy- says:

    the amount of storage it takes of my iphone photos just goes onto the google photos app??

  100. abdur rahim says:

    I have 6 photos. Only for PUBG

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