Storage is the universal issue faced by all smartphone users, and even iPhone users have not escaped from the clutches of this problem. Perhaps, this is why Apple has released iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with minimum storage capacity of 32GB. But what about owners of older iPhones, who are grappling with 16GB storage space on their devices?
Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t offer you to expand your storage capacity; albeit you can use flash drives for iPhone and iPad, you have to shell out a few more bucks from your pocket. Before you go to this degree, you should try and resolve the issue natively, i.e. in your device itself. There are a few workarounds and tricks you can employ to free up space on iPhone and iPad in iOS 10. Read on and apply all the solutions one by one to Fix iPhone Storage Full Warning.
How to Fix Storage Almost Full Warning on iPhone and iPad in iOS 10
Check the Storage Space Usage
You should not directly go to the deleting spree. Check the storage space usage on your iOS device and then take a wise decision to delete apps, photos, videos and remove other data.
Launch Settings → General → Storage & iCloud Usage → Storage → Manage Storage.
This screen presents you all the information about storage (Used and Available); moreover, you can also get to know which app occupies how much space on your device. Ones occupying the most space will be listed first.
Uninstall Apps You Are Not Using
There are many apps you don’t use in months or probably you have clean forgotten how the app works on your iPhone or iPad. In this situation, it is advisable to delete that app immediately.
While you are at ‘Storage’ screen, tap on the app you want to delete. You will see ‘Delete App’ button in red fonts. Tap on it and you will be prompted to Delete App. Tap on Delete App and the app will be gone. Note that you will also delete all of its documents and data.
If you think that certain apps are essential, you can delete once and redownload the same; this will remove the cache of the apps.
Get Rid of Downloaded Content
Many users have subscribed for Apple Music to listen and download songs; moreover, users also download YouTube videos for offline watching. This will obviously fill up your storage quickly.
You can check all the songs you have downloaded in Apple Music from: Settings → Music → Downloaded Music.
Now you can see all the albums and tracks; to delete any album or song, swipe left on the song and tap on ‘Delete’.
Delete Safari Cache
If you tend to browse a lot of things on your iPhone or iPad Safari browser, you should regularly clear Safari browsing history and cookies.
Podcasts are your audio files (just like your YouTube downloads), and this can eat a lot of space on your iPhone and iPad. To remove podcasts from the default app, open Settings → General → Storage & iCloud Usage → Storage → Manage Storage → Podcasts.
If you are using Overcast on your device, simply swipe left on a podcast and tap on ‘Delete’ button.
Overcast has an excellent feature of auto delete; this feature is available in Settings. You can set the count for individual episode and the app will automatically delete the episode.
In a month, we pile up so many memories on our iPhone and iPad; by memories, I mean photos. But then there are many downloaded photos you receive on WhatsApp or Messages app. You need to delete such useless forwards immediately.
Use iCloud Photo Library or Google Photos
iCloud Photo Library is an amazing feature from Apple; it stores all your photos on iCloud, from where you can access your memories from any connected device. You can remove your photos from the device as they are safe on iCloud. You should enable this feature by Settings → Photos & Camera → toggle iCloud Photo Library option ON.
iCloud has its own limitation as it offers 5GB of free space; you can use a better alternative, Google Photos, which provides you 15GB space for your one Google account.
Optimize iCloud Photo Storage on iPhone/iPad
Once you start using iCloud Photo Library, it is recommended that you also use ‘Optimize iPhone Storage’ from the same screen of Photos & Camera. Note that once you tap on ‘Optimize iPhone Storage’ feature, the ‘Download and Keep Originals’ feature will be disabled automatically.
Remove the Live Part from the Live Photos
Many iPhone and iPad users like to keep Live Photos feature on. This apparently guzzles a lot of space on their iPhone storage. Let me tell you that one Live Photo can occupy 3MB space on your device and this is too much. In this case, simply turn off the Live Photo feature from Camera app. Simply tap on the ‘bulls eye’ icon on the top of Camera view.
Delete Photos from Recently Deleted Folder
iPhone and iPad stores your deleted photos in Recently Deleted folder; and there, you photos and videos stay for 30 long days. To free up some space, you should manually open this folder and permanently delete all the deleted photos and videos.
Delete Old Messages Automatically
If you are in the habit of sharing a lot of media files through iMessage, you should instruct your iOS device to remove your iMessage conversations after 30 days.
Open Settings → Messages → Tap on Keep Messages under MESSAGE HISTORY. And then select either 30 Days or 1 Year.
You can also claim some free space by clearing Message or iMessage cache on iPhone and iPad.
Delete Old Message Threads Manually
There are many message threads in your iMessage that contain a lot of media files, and that occupies a lot of space on your iPhone or iPad. You should remove such threads manually by opening Messages app on your device.
Messages → Edit → Select threads → Delete.
Clear Third Party App Cache Manually
iOS doesn’t offer any workaround to remove third-party app cache; if the app gives you this facility, you can clear the cache for that particular app. If you use Chrome or Safari browser on iPhone or iPad, you can delete the cache from the Settings of the respective apps. Moreover, I have noticed that chat history on WhatsApp eats up hell lot of space on your iPhone. You should remove chat history from the Settings of WhatsApp.
WhatsApp → Settings → Chats → Clear All Chats or Delete All Chats.
If the app doesn’t have any such feature to remove cache data, simply uninstall the app and reinstall the same.
Delete Siri Voices
Many users tend to use multiple languages in iOS for speech or keyboard; this obviously adds multiple Siri voices in the Accessibility feature. And these voices eat up a lot of space on iOS devices. For example, your Alex voice occupies 870MB on the iPhone or iPad.
To delete Siri Voices: Settings → General → Accessibility → Voiceover → Speech; next, choose your language and tap on Edit button. Finally, you need to select the voices you want to delete by tapping on Red button.
Reset iTunes Streaming Caches
When you purchase or rent a movie from iTunes, it leaves some cache on your device even though you have already seen those movies. You can reset iTunes streaming caches by force resetting your iOS device. Simply press and hold Home and sleep/wake buttons simultaneously to force reset your iPhone or iPad. Alternatively, you need to sign out from your iTunes account from the bottom of iTunes app main screen.
Optimize Apple Music Storage
For Apple Music subscribers, they need to optimize Apple Music storage: Settings → Music → Optimize Storage.
This will set a limit on the downloading of songs; the limit starts from 2GB and goes up to the maximum storage capacity of your device. So the moment your Apple Music reaches the limit, it will start deleting older songs that you no longer listen to.
Stop Auto Downloads of Media on WhatsApp
WhatsApp users normally receive many images and videos from couple of groups they are part of. Media files received from such groups engage a lot of space on the device. It is always better to stop auto downloads of media on your WhatsApp.
WhatsApp → Settings → Chats → toggle Save Incoming Media OFF.
You can now tap on the incoming images or videos to download and preview; moreover, this will stop images and videos from being saved on Camera Roll.
Remove Other Data
The Other Data is a mysterious phenomenon on your iPhone or iPad, still it is essential for all users to remove this other data. You can follow our detailed information on how you can remove other data on your iOS device.
Clear Documents and Data
iPhone and iPad users access many stock apps and third party apps in a day; moreover, they also open some iCloud documents on their devices. This creates cache data on their iPhone and iPad. To free up some space, users need to clear documents and data on iPhone or iPad.
Clear App Store Cache Memory
If App Store behaves weirdly on your iPhone or iPad, it is time to clear App Store cache memory. Many users complain about petty issues of App Store, especially when they access sections like Featured, Top Charts or Categories on the store. In this situation, you need to clear App Store cache memory.
Clear iPhone Cache Memory
Until now, you have been removing iPhone cache memory by swiping up the apps running in the background. But there is a new way to clear iPhone cache memory. Check out our detailed information on how to clear iPhone cache memory and create some space on your device.
As a last resort, you can go for resetting your iPhone or iPad. This will remove all the data from your device and therefore, you should take backup on iTunes and iCloud.
Settings → General → Erase All Contents and Settings.
After performing all the methods listed above, your iPhone or iPad should be running smoothly and you will be able to fix storage almost full issue on iPhone.