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Old 05-23-16, 12:01 PM
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Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

so i have a 16Gb iPhone that I need to make room on because the pictures and videos currently are taking up too much space. Right now i can't even update to new iOS because there is not enough room.

Now, when i plug the phone into the computer and bring up the iPhone storage it seems each individual picture is stored in a separate folder. This makes it almost impossible to see what is there.

Is there an easy way to transfer like half the stuff to a computer and leave half on iPhone and thus have enough space to make more memories and update software? I realize a bigger storage iPhone is the next logical step, but a way to temporarily make a lot more room?

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

Well, you don't need to keep any pics or videos on the phone itself. Transfer them to a PC and/or use your free iCloud.

Messages can bulk up and take up a ton of room, mine are over a gig.

Look at the storage in settings and it'll show you exactly how much space each app takes.

Some apps bloat over time as their cache or whatever expands. Deleting and re-installing things like Facebook can save space.
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

Check your apps and see if there are big ones you're not using. I discovered I had a bunch of Google ones for word processing, spreadsheets, etc. that I never used but were taking hundreds of MBs each.

Obviously videos take a lot more space than photos, so if you can transfer a few of those from your phone to your computer, you'll gain room faster than you would going through your photos.
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

good ideas. thanks guys.
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

Backing it up to the computer via iTunes and doing a restore will also free some memory. It will wipe out all the cached data.
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

Originally Posted by Kdogg View Post
Backing it up to the computer via iTunes and doing a restore will also free some memory. It will wipe out all the cached data.
i'm always afraid to do that because i think all the stuff won't go back on the phone the same as it was...
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

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Backing it up to the computer via iTunes and doing a restore will also free some memory. It will wipe out all the cached data.
is there a way to delete cached data without this process?
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

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is there a way to delete cached data without this process?
There was an app called Battery Doctor that worked for me but I can't find it from the same publisher anymore. The current app with the same name is from a different company (from China?). The memory cleaner part was worthless but the junk cleaner worked well. I still use it and it clears 10's - 100's of MBs of data.

I routinely backup and restore through iTunes for all my iDevices. I haven't had a problem in all the years I've been doing it but YMMY.
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

I think the only issue I've had with restoring is losing songs and playlists. Songs are supereasy to restore, of course, and playlists are fine if you create them in itunes rather than just putting stuff on a list on your phone on the fly.
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Old 05-24-16, 12:43 PM
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

Try this. I did it on my 16GB iPad which only had 700MB of space on it. Cleared up over 4 GB of space, and I didn't lose anything.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/n...hone/82698454/
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

Originally Posted by Phodg View Post
Try this. I did it on my 16GB iPad which only had 700MB of space on it. Cleared up over 4 GB of space, and I didn't lose anything.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/n...hone/82698454/
That's awesome. I went from 128 mb free to almost a gig in just a few cycles.
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

Wow, that is a good trick, I used 4 cycles and cleaned up quite a bit!
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

Nice tip!

The funny thing is that I stumbled onto that earlier today without knowing it. I tried to get the free copy of An Inconvenient Truth, but it said I was out of space, then when I went back to my home screen I saw my phone was "cleaning" my Facebook app. I know I was pretty much full yesterday since I ran out of space while recording video, and now I have 1.4GB available and it let me complete the "purchase" of AIT (I chose to download it later, of course).
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

Originally Posted by Phodg View Post
Try this. I did it on my 16GB iPad which only had 700MB of space on it. Cleared up over 4 GB of space, and I didn't lose anything.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/n...hone/82698454/
thanks for this! that gave the phone another .5 GB.

i kept trying it, but it didn't clean up anymore. wish i could clean out more...
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

When I plug my iPhone in to a PC I see a DCIM folder with all the pictures that I can easily copy elsewhere. That said, I upload everything automatically to Google Photos anyway.
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

if i buy more iCloud space will that free up my phone to take more pictures and videos?

i have 5 Gb right now. the internal is completely out of space and wondering if that is how it works. really never delved into the world of the cloud as of yet...
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

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if i buy more iCloud space will that free up my phone to take more pictures and videos?

i have 5 Gb right now. the internal is completely out of space and wondering if that is how it works. really never delved into the world of the cloud as of yet...
Well, buying more iCloud space but not touching anything on your phone wouldn't do anything in itself. iCloud is just online storage, so the idea for most folks would be that you enable it and automatically upload and backup the stuff on your phone so that you can delete them off your internal storage but still have access to them online. That way you free up space but save all your stuff without worrying about manual backups.
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

So I can delete all the internal stored pics and still see all pics on the phone?
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

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So I can delete all the internal stored pics and still see all pics on the phone?
Yes.

http://www.apple.com/icloud/photos/
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

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so my picture is like on the phone, but it's not really on the phone?
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

Yup. They're on the cloud. Safe and secure where nobody but you can ever see them except you and Jennifer Lawrence.


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That is a silicon valley reference. Now that I have had to explain it, it is not funny anymore.
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Re: Best way to make space on iPhone 6?

Originally Posted by Phodg View Post
Try this. I did it on my 16GB iPad which only had 700MB of space on it. Cleared up over 4 GB of space, and I didn't lose anything.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/n...hone/82698454/
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That's awesome. I went from 128 mb free to almost a gig in just a few cycles.
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Wow, that is a good trick, I used 4 cycles and cleaned up quite a bit!
Thanks.

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