Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 11, officially rolled out this past Tuesday and brought with it an impressive list of new and improved features. However, making the jump to iOS 11 requires a bit of storage space – something the older iPhone models may not have. If you had the pleasure of having this pop up on your phone:
Well then, worry not! You’re not alone. If you’ve got the infamous “Storage Almost Full” notification when trying to upgrade to iOS 11, here are a few things you can do to free up some space:
1) Download Google Photos and store all your media on the cloud, and then delete them from your iPhone
This is pretty much a must for anyone who uses the 16 GB base model of the older iPhones. Google Photos offers free and unlimited storage of all your photos and videos taken with your iPhone. Once you upload all your photos, go ahead and delete them from your iPhone. Your photos will be available from the cloud as long as you have an internet connection, and you can access them from any device where you can log into your Google account.
2) Upgrade to iOS 11 by using iTunes
Using iTunes to update your iOS will take up less space than updating it directly from your iPhone Settings.
Open iTunes → Click the small iPhone icon on the top left → Click Check for Update. If the update is available, go ahead and update to iOS 11.
3) Check which apps take up the most space on your iPhone
Go to Settings → General → Storage & iCloud Usage → Manage Storage. Go through which apps are using the most space and decide which ones you can delete.
4) Delete Social Media apps, then re-install them
As shown in the picture above, social media apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat accumulate a lot of data over time. Unfortunately, the only way to free up this memory is to delete those apps, reinstall them, and then sign back in.
5) Delete messages in your messaging apps
Do you really scroll back on a conversation you had over a year ago? Odds are that you probably don’t. Messaging apps tend to take up a surprising amount of space due to pictures, videos, audio, and GIFs. Go through your messages and start getting rid of the unimportant ones. If you find the need to save photos but not the text, use the Google Photos app and you’ll find a lot of space being freed up.
6) Don’t duplicate photos
If you prefer taking pictures in High Dynamic Range (HDR), you might not be aware that your phone snaps those photos twice. It gives you an HDR version and a normal version of the same picture. You can stop this happening by going to Settings → Photos & Camera. Then scroll down to the bottom and toggle the Keep Normal Photo mode off (as shown).