Maybe you’re gearing up for the launch of iOS 9in September — or maybe you just want to be able to take a photo without having to delete an older one to make space. Either way, we could all use a little extra storage on our iOS devices, right?

Here are a few easy ways to quickly reclaim some of your iPhone’s or iPad’s storage space — and some tricks for making sure it stays clear.

Stop storing texts forever

By default, your iPhone stores all of the text messages you send and receive…forever. This is convenient if you need to look up a 15-month old conversation; not so convenient if you need that storage space back. To stop your phone from saving texts forever, open up the Settings app and tapMessages. Scroll down until you find Message History and tap Keep Messages. Change Forever to 30 Days or 1 Year. A pop-up will ask you if you want to delete older messages; tap Delete to proceed.

Don’t double-save photos

If you use your iPhone’s HDR mode or Instagram a lot, you’ve probably noticed that your phone automatically saves two photos: the HDR version and the normal version (or, in the case of Instagram, the filtered, cropped Instagram version and the normal version).

Don't double-save photos

If you use your iPhone’s HDR mode or Instagram a lot, you’ve probably noticed that your phone automatically saves two photos: the HDR version and the normal version (or, in the case of Instagram, the filtered, cropped Instagram version and the normal version).

Keep Normal Photo

To stop double-saving Instagram photos, open the Instagram app, tap your profile tab, and then tap the Settings (gear) icon in the upper right corner. Under Settings, untick the toggle next to Save Original Photos.

Clear your browser cache

If you use Safari often, your iPhone may be storing Web history and data that you simply do not need. To clear Safari’s browser cache, open up the Settings app and tap Safari. Scroll down and click Clear History and Website Data.

Clear History and Website Data.

If you use Chrome instead of Safari, open up the Chrome app and tap the menu icon in the upper right corner (three vertical dots). Tap History and at the bottom of the screen tap Clear browsing data.

Purge offline data

Purge offline data

You may be inadvertently saving offline data in apps that you probably use only while you’re online. Safari’s offline reading list, for example, can take up unnecessary space saving Web pages for you to read when you have no Internet connection. To clear Safari’s offline reading list, open up the Settingsapp and go to General > Usage > Manage Storage > Safari. Swipe left over the words Offline Reading List and tap Delete to clear the cache. Doing this will not delete individual items from your reading list (to do that, open the Safari app, go to your Reading List and swipe left over items you want to delete).

delete reading list

Spotify also stores offline data if you choose to make playlists Available Offline. To de-authorize this data, open up the Spotify app and find the playlist that you want to make unavailable offline. At the top of the playlist, you’ll see a toggle next to Available Offline. Turn this toggle off.

Selectively delete apps and data

Most of these tricks will clear up a little extra space — but if you need a chunk of storage available stat, then you’ll need to start deleting some “real” stuff, like apps, photos, videos, podcasts and music. Before you start doing this, check out which apps are using the most space by opening the Settings app and going to General > Usage> Manage Data.

Here, you’ll see a list of apps sorted by the amount of space they take up. You can tap on an app to delete it directly from this menu, or you can use this list to figure out which apps are using up more data than they should be — for example, if Photos & Camera is near the top, you know you need to get rid of some pictures; while if Music tops the list, you should probably delete a few songs or albums.

Reference: Cnet

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