The latest update of the iPhone is finally released and you must be very anxious and restless to install it on your personal iPhone in order to enjoy the latest features provided by the Apple Company. The update certainly requires some space, and you must be thinking of how to clean some space in order to move to the latest iOS 10. Junk and unnecessary files mostly constitute the large part of our mobile storage, and initially, you must be thinking about cleaning this junk. But, what if the junk isn’t sufficient enough to provide you required space necessary for an update.
The good news in this regard is that Apple has reduced the space requirement if you are upgrading to iOS 10 as compared to space previously required for iOS 8 update. However, you still need some space by any means. Here is a list of things that will help you in making some space in order to upgrade your mobile to the latest iOS 10.
1. Assess the Storage Consumption
Before you blindly uninstall the apps and delete important photos from your gallery, make sure to assess the storage space in your mobile and get an overall idea about which things are consuming more space. You can access this feature in the settings and then in the “Manage Store”. In this way, you will be able to prioritize things, which will help you a lot in getting some space on your mobile.
2. Uninstall Unneeded Apps
We keep on visiting app stores and continuously keep on trying new apps which are available. In such apps, there happen to be many apps which are of no use to us and which we just installed out of curiosity but later forgot to uninstall the apps; your main focus should be such apps.
It also happens that you lose your interest in some apps as time passes by or you get a good alternative to any app. Consider those applications as well which you think are of no use to you anymore. Removing such apps will save you lot of space because there are apps which consume a lot of your storage.
3. Clearing Offline Content
Most of us save data offline because we want to save ourselves from extra data charges. Thus this offline content remains available to us whenever we want it without connecting to the internet. However, this offline data is stored somewhere in your mobile and certainly it must be consuming storage. You must also clear the offline data and it will give you some extra space.
4. Clear Browsing Data
We browse for hours in a day and explore many new websites daily. Some of us are conscious about the privacy and remove the browsing history instantly, and others who have a more secure mobile, let the browsing data remain in their mobiles because they want to keep the record of sites they visited. For your information, browsing data also consumes lots of storage. You can clean your Safari or any other browser’s browsing data that you use, in order to get some space.
5. Deleting Podcasts
If you are a heavy podcast listener, then you should know that podcasts also consume some storage. If you have a heavy collection of podcasts on your mobile, you can regain some storage by removing some unnecessary podcasts. You can delete podcasts by going to the settings menu and then by accessing “Usage” option.
6. Optimizing Photos
If you are using iCloud for photos and video storage, then you can optimize the photos for your mobile so that they will consume less space. You can do this by going to settings and then select “Optimizing iPhone Storage” option. This option will optimize all the photos according to the screen of your device, thus reducing some consumed space.
7. Deleting Old Messages
If you are a heavy user of iMessages and do not clean your inbox once in a while, then it is possible that the old messages would be the considerable part of your overall storage. The space that messages occupy can even be in GBs. Deleting previous messages can acquire you some space which you can use in a more effective way. If you think some messages are too important to delete, you can keep these messages by using a more customized method of deleting.
For instance, you can delete messages that are one month old or ones that are older than that, and keep the remaining.
All these methods will help you secure some space which you can use to move to the latest iOS 10.
This article is written by Lisa Myers, who works at Rebateszone. She is a software engineer by profession.