As more and more photos, videos, music, apps and app data saved on your 16GB iPhone or iPad, which takes up large space on your device, you are forced to take actions to clean them up, otherwise you would run out of the space. So this article gives you some great options to free up space on your 16GB iPhone or iPad, and you can simply pick and choose those what works out for you after reading.

And, before we started, we need to figure out what kinds of data that take up large space on our iPhone. The most common data on our smartphone are photos, music, videos. And we all know that the size of iOS apps are larger than Android devices, so if you downloaded massive apps on your iPhone, which may takes up large space. Besides, if you used iPhone for work, the emails as well as iMessage can take up a lot of space, especially when you received a number of photos, audio messages, GIFs, videos, attachments, etc. Things are coming easier when we seized the key to the problem. And now let’s get started and resolve them one by one.

Part 1. Photos: iCloud Photo Library or other photo manager apps.

In order that photos take up large space on your iOS devices, Apple offers a solution, iCloud Photo Library, which enables you upload photos to iCloud while remain only a thumbnail on your device as you selected “Optimize device storage”. However, the point is that Apple only offers 5GB free space for every user if you don’t buy for more, and the storage can be filled up very quickly, what’s worse, it would keep prompting you that the storage is full, that’s could be really annoy.

There are other photo manager app on the market, the most recommended is Google Photos. Google Photos does the some thing with iCloud, moreover, it not only offers unlimited free space for users so you don’t have to worry about storage, but also there are more features like editing the photos and making GIF, with the search bar, you are also able to locate your desired photos with ease. You can simply upload your photos to Google Photos and delete the original file from your device.

Part 2. Videos: Delete the videos you have watched and no longer need them.

We all like watching videos and shows on smartphones for its convenience. But sometimes, most videos or TV serials we actually no longer need them after been watched, so we need to clear them to free up our storage. If some artworks you really need to keep them, you can backup them to your computer or Google photos as we mentioned above. To delete the videos, navigate to the Videos app on your iPhone, several simple clicks to delete the no needed videos. Also, this article shows you best method to backup videos, just keep on reading.

Part 3. Music: Best music streaming apps on your iPhone.

Yes, most of us like listening to music, music plays a big role on our daily entertainment. Personally, I love all kinds of music, Pop, Jazz, Blue, Rock, R&B, Country, etc. But if you keep all of these music on your iPhone, they can take up really large space. As you can see the picture on the right, there are 440 songs on my device, which take up 3.85GB space. If your iPhone has no enough space, you really need to manage the music on your device.

The best way to solve this issue is to subscribe to a music streaming service, like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Music, Tidal, Pandora, etc. You can choose a preferable one since they are different from each other. Most of them costs about $9.99 per month. With a music streaming service subscription, you can listen to music in the streaming service’s library instead of downloading these music on your iPhone.

Part 4. Apps: Clear app data and uninstall apps you don’t use.

Basically, single iOS app takes up larger space than Android apps. When you downloaded massive apps on your iPhone, things got worse. You can simply check out by tapping Settings > General > Storage&iCloud Usage > Manage Storage, where you can see the space that all apps and app data take up on your iPhone.

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Simply self-check on your iPhone and make sure if you truly need them, otherwise, back to homepage, press and hold an app until the apps wiggle, tap “X” to get rid of them from your iPhone to free up space.

Part 5. Recommend: One-click backup all you data from iPhone to computer to free up space.

Backup your data to computer not only free up the space on your iPhone, but also make sure that you won’t suffer a data loss. So it’s necessary to backup your data to computer regularly. And in this article we recommend a great handy tool to you. Syncios Data Transfer, which supports backing up and restoring your data with one click, recovering data from iCloud and iTunes backup to iOS device, and transferring data from one phone to another.

To one-click backup your data from iPhone to computer with Syncios Data Transfer, simply launch the program after installed it successfully. Select “Backup to PC” module on the main interface, then connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable. If you encountered some detection problems, simply find solutions here. And Syncios would load data on your iPhone automatically after that, it may takes some time if there are massive data on your device, please be patient. Then you are allowed to check the contents on the middle panel to backup to your computer, simply select your desired items to start backing up after setting the backup path. After a while, all your data would be backed up to computer successfully. So you can delete the data on your iPhone to free up space which have been backed up.

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