How to Free Up Space on iPhone 5

My iPhone 5c is almost full, and I cannot take any new photos or install new apps! iCloud backups require more space to proceed as well. What can I do to free up space on my iPhone?


Usually we are not aware of the storage usage of iPhone until we run out of space for installation or backups. Don’t know what to do to free up space on your iPhone 5/5s/5c? You can’t miss this article then.

Tip 1. Uninstall unused apps

The first thing you need to do to free storage on iPhone 5 is to uninstall those unused apps forgotten by you for long. New and interesting apps are easy to catch our attention in a period of time, but these apps take up a lot of space with cache and history included, especially games apps. You can check the total space occupied by the unused apps in Settings > General > Storage & iCloud usage > Manage Storage. A list of all apps with the space occupied altogether will appear, and you can tap the app to see the details and delete it afterwards.

Tip 2. Manage big files and downloads

Commonly speaking, multi-media files can eat up much space in your iPhone 5 and managing these big files and downloads can release a lot of space. Music, videos and photos are the top three big files in mobile use, and to manage these files, you’d better upload backups in iTunes and iCloud first in case some files are deleted by mistake. For memorable photos, you can export them to your computer and also in iCloud backups. Music already paid for or downloaded from YouTube can be stored in iTunes so that you can listen to them on computer or any iOS device in the future. So is the video. After all, these backup tools are supposed to free your portable device of enormous storage files.

Downloads cover many file types, e.g. attachments of iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook, e-books of iBook and e-magazine of Newsstand. It’s time to manage these downloaded files now. Apply direct deletion to those trivial files, and keep important but not frequently used files in your iTunes and iCloud for backups.

Tip 3. Wipe out Safari cache and history

If you are eager to free storage on iPhone 5 and don’t care about sacrificing a bit of convenience, you can consider wiping out Safari cache and history. Safari cache and browsing history do speed up your browsing speed and enhance customer experience. However, these cache and history can add up and occupy a lot of space in your iPhone as time going by. To clear cache, go to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data.

Tip 4. Delete voicemail messages

Voicemail messages are easy to be neglected especially when the numbers are not noticeably big. However, keeping all of them in your iPhone 5/5S/5C takes up a lot of space as well. If you get more than several voicemail messages, then you need to manage them as well. For those useless and obsolete voicemail messages, just delete them by swiping left and taping on the red Delete button after you press on the specific one you want to remove.

And if you need to recover deleted voice memo, please try the iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery software.

Tip 5. Free up storage by one click

Are you looking for the simplest way to free up storage on iPhone 5 in one click? Then you need to use software to help you out, and iMyFone Umate Pro or iMyFone Umate Pro for Mac is your best choice with a one-click solution to release tremendous space by Junk Files Clean-up and photo Lossless Compression. You just need to follow the guidance and take simple three steps to finish the process.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone 5/5s/5c to computer

When you run the program on your computer, it will prompt you to connect your iPhone 5 to computer. Please operate according to the instructions, and then you will see the Home interface.

2. Quick Scan

In order to make the program work properly, please keep your iPhone connected to the computer during the process.

Step 2. Scan the iPhone 5/5s/5c

After you click “Quick Scan”, the program starts to scan your iPhone. You can see how much space can be released by cleaning junk file, clearing temp files, compressing photo, deleting large files and removing apps respectively.

4. Space-saving Analysis Results

Step 3. Free up space for your iPhone 5

One-click Junk File Cleaning

You can clear junk files by clicking “Clean”. And iMyFone Umate will list all the junk files on your iPhone 5. Click “Clean”, the one-click cleaning begins.

5. Junk Files Clean-up

Clear Massive Temporary Files

Click “Clear” to clean out the space-occupying temporary files. It is a desperate remedy to free storage on iPhone 5. And considerately, the iPhone cleaner will remind users how much time the process need.

7. Clear Temporary Files

Lossless Photo Compression

Please click on “Compress” to continue. And click “Start”, all the original photos will be saved in Backup Folder automatically before compression and no need to worry about damaging the photos in the process of compression. The photos after compression look almost no difference with those before.

8. Lossless Photo Compression

Back up and Then Delete Large File

If there are large files on your iPhone 5, you can click “Delete” to find them. Check the large file list and confirm which ones are useless. Select them and click “Back up & Delete”, all the selected files will be saved to your PC before deletion.

12. Large Files List

Selective App Uninstallation

Click “Remove” and iMyFone Umate will list all the apps according to the space they take up. Users can choose these unused ones to delete. Reminder: generally, those apps ranking at the end of the list are seldom used.

14. Select Unused Apps

When the process is finished, you can see the report of the released space for your iPhone 5/5s/5c. To view the backed files, you can click “Open Backup Folder” in the bottom left corner. The next time you open the program, “Open Backup Folder” option will appear in the same place.

What’s more, besides iPhone 5, iMyFone Umate Pro or iMyFone Umate Pro for Mac supports various all the Apple devices. Why not give it a shot now?

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And if you have any other good idea to free storage on iPhone 5, please leave a comment.

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