Want to free up iPhone storage without deleting photos and videos? Do this

 Want to free up iPhone storage without deleting photos and videos? Do this

If you have too many photos, videos and apps on your iPhone, the storage is limited and you are unable to install the latest iOS software update?

If you are facing a similar problem, today we are telling you a solution that can be adopted without deleting anything and without spending money.

Apart from this, you can also free up the storage of your iPhone with the help of some other features in iOS. You can find two built-in iOS settings that help you free up significant amounts of iPhone storage: one permanent and one temporary.

By doing this, you can install the latest software updates, take more photos and videos, and download many apps.


Optimize photos and videos

If you want to keep your precious memories, but also free up some storage, the easiest way is to optimize the photos and videos on your iPhone.

By default, every time you take a photo or video, they are saved on the device with full resolution. If you are taking photos and videos in high resolution, they take up a lot of space.

A minute-long 4K video shot at 60 fps takes up about 400 MB of space, which is roughly half a GB. To optimize your photos and videos, go to Photos via iPhone Settings and toggle Optimize iPhone Storage (you must go to iCloud Photos Settings and enable it).

This may take a little longer depending on how many photos and videos you have on your iPhone, but once it's done you'll have significantly more space on your device.

After doing this, all your full-resolution photos and videos are transferred to your iCloud, while the smaller and lower-resolution ones stay on your device, taking up very little space.

If you want to access your high-resolution photos and videos, you can go to the Photos app and download any files that need to be optimized. But for this you need a good internet connection.

Photos and videos you've just taken can be in full resolution, so you don't have to download each photo or video. If you don't have enough iCloud storage, you can upgrade your cloud instead of getting a new phone.

For this, to upgrade iCloud on your iPhone, go to your name > iCloud > Manage Account Storage > Buy More Storage via Settings. From there, you can choose the plan that suits you and proceed according to the instructions given.


Offload large apps

Of course, you don't use all the applications on your iPhone. Most of them are sitting on mobile, which may include apps like airlines, third-party cameras and music production.

Even if you use these apps occasionally, most probably don't go to them daily. So if you need more storage immediately, consider offloading the app.

Suppose you are trying to download and install the latest iOS update. If it's a major update like iOS 16, you may need up to five GB of storage to install the software.

If it's a point update like iOS 16.1, it will need about 1 GB. And if you don't have enough storage for such updates, you can immediately offload the app, which is the middle ground between keeping the app and deleting it.

For this, go to Settings, General, iPhone Storage and see which app is taking up the most storage. Certain built-in apps like Photos, Messages cannot be offloaded, so keep this in mind.

If you find any other app for offload apart from that then tap on it and tap on offload app. Wait a few moments and the app will be removed for offline use, keeping your documents and data saved on your iPhone.

If you need temporary storage to download software, go through the list and offload as many apps as you can. The amount of storage freed up by offloading each app may vary, so refer to the number next to the app's size.

You can offload as many apps as you want until you have enough storage free. You can't run the offloaded app, but if you need to bring the app back, you have to go to the app library and tap on the iCloud button to re-download it.

If the downloaded app is on your home screen, tap on it to download. You don't need to sign in again or do anything else; You have the same access as an app that has never been deleted.