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iPhone storage full but nothing on iPhone 6, i have only 11 pictures, 32 songs, and 8 apps ... it won’t let me take photos or videos on Snapchat. Also when I try to solve the problem in Usage, it never loads where my storage is going. --- Mark
This is not an exception for iPhone 6/5c users to encounter iPhone not enough storage problem, even if you don’t install many apps or store big files. You check folders and apps one by one, but still, can't make it clear what eat up you storage. You just wonder why there are so many iPhone storage problems?!" "What should I do?"
We still can get iPhone storage back by removing them. This article explains six different tips to get back your iPhone storage, even works with the iOS 11 devices.
- Tip 1. Clear up All Hidden Junk Files: App Caches, Cookies, Crash Logs etc - iOS 11 Supported
- Tip 2. Delete Your Old iPhone Backups
- Tip 3. Stop Photo Library Service
- Tip 4. Don't Keep Both Photos When Enabling HDR Mode
- Tip 5. Export Large Media to Quickly Get Back iPhone Storage
- Tip 6. Common Solutions According to iPhone Storage Usage on iOS - Also work with iOS 11
Six Tips to Fix "Not Enough Storage" on iPhone
1 Clear up All Hidden Junk Files: App Caches, Cookies, Crash Logs etc - iOS 11 Supported
There are many hidden and useless files in your iPhone. Useless junk files such as app caches, corrupted files, and crash logs accumulates as time going by, which occupies precious storage space, makes the iOS to lag and to be sluggish.
Hence, if iPhone says storage full, but you check and found that nothing on phone, all these invisible iPhone junk files may be the reason. Such data should be cleared to restore your iPhone to get your storage back.
- It is easy to clean app junk by uninstalling and reinstalling apps from your iPhone.
- Another free way is using iMyFone iPhone Cleaner (or iMyFone iPhone Cleaner for Mac), which offers its "Clear Junk Files" feature free and enables you totally remove the useless cached data for all Apps (safari included), in just one click.
All that you need to do is: download the software > install it in PC and run it > choose the "1-Click Free Up Space" tab > you'll see the option of "Junk Flies".
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-- By Harry Guinness from makeuseof.com
2 Delete Your Old iPhone Backups
iCloud storage only offers 5GB of backup storage space. However, if your iPhone is plugged to a power source, connected to a Wi-Fi network and locked, it will automatically start backing up files.
- Launch your iPhone Settings App.
- Click on General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage.
- If there are old iPhone 4 or iPhone 5 files that are still backed up in your iCloud account, click on them and tap on Delete Backup from the pop-up menu.
However, when it is only your current device that is synchronized to your iCloud account, it will leave you with no other option than to buy more iCloud storage space, which in most cases is not necessary. Kindly read further on how to avoid paying for more storage.
3 Stop Photo Library Service
To avoid iCloud/iTunes fills your iPhone up from backups, you need to stop iCloud Photo Library service by going to settings > Photos & Camera and unchecking iCloud Photo Library. You will see pop-up messages of warning, and you can be well reassured that your photos will not be erased by these operations.
If it is iOS 8 that has been installed in your iPhone, deleting photos will not make the photos deleted from your device virtually, since the photos will be recovered automatically later. This can explain why your iPhone keeps warning iPhone not enough storage when you have deleted photos to release space. You need to delete them manually for complete cleaning. The backup photos are stored in Photos > Albums > Recently Deleted for 30 days.
4 Don't Keep Both Photos When Enabling HDR Mode
Disable the "Keep Normal Photo" feature in “Settings > Photos & Camera" and just keep the HDR photos.
This will prevent Photos app not occupy much waste space in the future.
5 Export Large Media to Quickly Fix iPhone Storage Problem
Large movies, music, music video etc. could easily eat up your iPhone storage space. Export large media files to PC is the quickest way fix "iPhone not enough storage". It's not easy to export media files on iPhone as some of them are hidden.
Luckily, iMyFone Umate Pro or iMyFone Umate Pro for Mac can help you to find out all videos/music/photos/apps on iPhone. With it, you can back up media to computer and delete them from iPhone in clicks.
It offers you a FREE trial to experience its features. Using iMyFone iPhone Manager to fix the problem of "not enough storage on iPhone" is just simple by following the steps below.
Step 1: First download and install the iMyFone software on your PC/Mac and open the application, then connect iPhone to your computer. Note that iTunes must be installed on your computer.
Step 2: Choose the "1-Click Free Up Space" tab and click on "Quick Scan" to know storage space of your iPhone.
Step 3: Select the file type that you want to export and click on "Clean" button.
This is just it. iMyFone Umate cleans your device within minutes and ensure your device is restored to a better state.
Key-features of iMyFone iPhone Manager
- Clean Hidden Junks: Clear up 30+ junk files; remove hidden temporary files.
- Manage iPhone Media Files: Compress photos to reclaim at least 75% of Photo Space; export photos/videos to PC; delete multiple photos/videos with auto backup on PC.
- Erase Private Data: Private iOS data, such as personal messages, photos, call histories, WhatsApp messages& files, etc. will be completely erased in this mode and the erased data cannot recovery by any data recovery software.
- Erase Deleted Files: Deleted files don’t leave your device when you tap the “Delete” button, it remains on your device and opens you up to different privacy risks. Umate Pro can find out all invisible previously deleted files and permanently erase them.
- Erase Third-Party Apps' Fragments: Apps including SnapChat, WhatsApp, WeChat, Kik, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Viber, Skype, Chrome, Line
6 Common Solutions According to iPhone Storage Usage on iOS - Also work with iOS 11
In order to be sure that "iPhone says no storage"is stemming from low storage space on your iPhone, launch the Settings App, go to General > Storage & iCloud. You will see the available storage space on the storage section. If the remaining storage is less than 1 GB, then it is evident that your storage is full, check to see the apps that are taking the highest amount of storage by clicking on Manage Storage.
- iMessages App: If the message app is taking a huge chunk of your storage space, delete the conversations, related videos and pictures in the iMessage App to free up your iPhone storage space.
- Photos App: If photos are taking the bigger share of your iPhone storage space, you can backup the higher resolution photos to iCloud and leave the lower resolution on your device by enabling the iCloud Photo Library (go to Settings > iCloud >Photos).
- Other Apps: If other apps like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are occupying your iPhone storage space, you can delete the iPhone Apps you no longer use to create more space for your important files.
By the foregoing 6 tips, I believe you have learned how to clear iPhone to get enough storage. You think which one is the best? And if you know other useful methods, please leave a comment to share it!