iPhone 7 has marked the herald of some revolutionary advancements in the arena of mobile phones. And with its main competitor, Samsung, literally blown out of the race, there is no doubt that Apple rules the roost and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Having said that, the technology itself is not without its quirks, and besides the outrageous head jack issue, a less focused yet equally annoying problem is the non-expandable memory of the iPhone. Whether you have a 16 or 64GB phone, if you are not smart with the usage sooner or later that dreaded “Storage Almost Full” message is going to pop up.
Today we are going to give you 5 steps to make your iPhone storage last as long as possible.
1. Don’t shoot everyday video in high resolution
Flaunting that incredible picture quality might be one of the reasons you bought the overpriced slab, but keeping the settings on high resolution all the time will certainly cost you a lot of memory. Change the iPhone capture film by clicking “Settings,” then “Photos & Camera,” and then the “Record Video” options. Select 720p at 30fps for your everyday usage, and you can change it back when you need higher quality footage.
2. Don’t keep your messages forever
We know how important your daily discourses are, but it’s not worth keeping messages like going back and forth about a party plan or asking your mom what’s for dinner. By default, iPhone saves all the texts and multimedia messages forever, which can take up that precious memory space for no reason.
To avoid this, go to your “Settings” menu, then the “Messages” option. Look for the “Message History” section, and then choose to delete messages after 30 days or a year, not forever.
3. Don’t keep all photos when shooting HDR
This is where it gets a bit technical. iPhone’s camera has a nifty “high dynamic range” setting which takes multiple exposure shots before creating that perfect HDR version. By default, it saves all the exposures as well as the final HDR picture, taking a heavy toll on the memory. To make sure you only save the final HDR pic, go to “Settings,” then “Photos & Camera.” Scroll down for the option of “Keep Normal Photo” and toggle it to off to save some storage space.
4. Toggle automatically download option from another iDevice
While using sync feature across multiple Apple devices is convenient, in no way it is efficient for your storage methods. Maybe you want a particular alarm setting for your office iPad, and having it in your home’s iPhone is of no use. iPhone’s default setting downloads every purchase across all connected devices automatically.
To stop this, go to “Settings,” then “iTunes & App Store.” Toggle off all auto download options against music, apps, books and audiobooks and updates to save up some space.
5. Don’t keep high-resolution photos on your iPhone
This last trick will help to save a ton of photo storage space. If you’ve activated the iCloud Photo Library service, then go to the option of “Optimize iPhone Storage.” This saves your pictures and videos to your Camera Roll as per usual but shrinks them to a smaller format. The high-resolution originals are transferred to the iCloud, which can be accessed any time you might need them.
To do this, go to “Settings,” then “iCloud,” then “Photos” and select “Optimize iPhone Storage.”
Not enough for you? Here’s a cool video giving some more tips on increasing your phone’s memory.
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