I’m an iPhone girl. I am also a mother, wife and a blogger, and as such, I take a lot of photos. More often than not I have this image staring me in the face when I open up the camera on my phone. Argh!
I can remove the apps I actually want to keep, and photos of my children and my family videos, but I can’t delete the stocks app, or the weather, or the notes, or the compass or the tips apps… really Apple?! Come on now.
When you get that dreaded “storage almost full” message there are a few things you can check and a few things you can do to open space back up on your phone – without deleting all of your photos.
Your first line of business is to figure out what is soaking up all of that space. In your iPhone (Android has a similar setting) go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage.
At the top of your screen, there will be your available storage, then a list of all of the apps. The storage hogs will show up in order, from largest to smallest.
The #1 storage sucker for me (and I’m assuming 99% of you as well) is videos. Well, photos and videos.
High Def videos take up about 78MB for every single minute of footage. Upload them to Facebook (you can set privacy to “only me” if you don’t want to share it publicly) or share to Instagram, then you are safe to delete.
We also have a full terabyte external hard drive that I can sync with my phone, and transfer files when hooked up to our home’s wi-fi. It’s pretty bomb diggity when I remember to use it.
You could also utilize an online photo storage solution such as Google Photos or Amazon’s Unlimited Photo storage that is free with your Prime subscription. Score! If you don’t have Prime, you can get the storage app itself for $12 per year. Well worth it, if you ask me.
Simply download the app, sync your accounts and turn on the automatic photo back up from your phone to open up more space.
The second highest storage hog for me is apps. I read a lot of audio books which, similar to music, take up a lot of space. By deleting just one of those larger apps I can free up a bunch of space if I absolutely need it now.
Unless you’re downloading app after app after app, you probably won’t get too much extra space out of deleted unused apps.