How To Recover a Lot of Space on Your iPhone Fast
It was a logical mistake. You didn’t imagine you’d ever fill up 32 or 64 gigabytes of storage, so you saved some money by buying an iPhone with less. And now you can’t even take a video or a photo, because your phone says it’s full. You’re frozen out until you have the time and expertise to delete stuff.
But which stuff? You probably know that the biggest space hogs on your phone are likely your video files. Heck, deleting just one downloaded movie or TV show could solve your storage crunch instantly. But apps, photos, and music files also add up.
Fortunately, iOS 7 makes it very easy to see what’s eating up your space — and to delete the fattest culprits to make the most room with the least effort. Here’s where you start: Open Settings, then tap General, then Usage, then wait a minute or two for the list of apps to appear.
The list shows what’s using up your space, biggest items first. By tapping the > button at the right edge, you can see the details and, in many cases, make some deletions on the spot.
Delete movies and TV shows
Tap Videos to see a list like the one shown here at left:
There are all the TV shows, movies, and podcasts you’ve bought or downloaded. Tap Edit to get red delete buttons beside their names (above, right), so that you can free up some space right now.
Photos and camera
This list shows how much space your Camera videos and photos take up, but, unfortunately, it doesn’t let you delete them individually. To purge your photos, the quickest method is to hook up to iTunes, import the photos, and take advantage of the option to delete the freshly imported photos from the phone.
Turning off your Photo Stream can give you back an instant gigabyte, too. (In Settings, tap iCloud, then turn off Photos.)
The Usage list presents a long list of apps, biggest listed first. There’s a Delete App button for each one.
Delete ‘other’ items
Not everything appears in the Usage list, ready to delete.