Have you run out of iPhone storage? Change this setting to instantly free up space
- By changing the settings for a message, you can reduce the amount of storage it uses
- Read on to find out how to automatically delete your messages on your iPhone
If you’ve had your iPhone for a couple of years, chances are you’re having a hard time getting storage space.
With most people in constant communication and sending multiple photos and videos to each other per day, it may be easier than you think to hit your iCloud storage limit.
Even though models from the iPhone 13 and up come with a minimum of 12GB of storage, for anyone with an older iPhone model it might be too easy to reach the measly 5GB of free iCloud storage on offer.
You might be tempted to succumb to Apple’s iCloud notifications and find yourself with a £6.99 for 2TB monthly plan, just so you can put everything you need in one place.
Fortunately, experts from phonehouse have revealed an easy method to instantly free up storage space on your phone: simply by changing the settings for a message, you can instantly reduce the amount of storage you use.
Tired of not having storage space? Fonehouse phone experts have revealed a simple message method to free up space on your iPhone in seconds
While iPhone models 13 and later automatically come with a minimum of 12GB of storage, older models only offer 5GB and users can reach the limit very quickly.
By default, your iPhone stores all the messages you send and receive, which means your phone may be clogged with unnecessary storage.
While this feature can be useful if you want to remember conversations you had years ago, these messages can accumulate over time and clog up your phone for no good reason.
To activate the feature, unlock your iPhone, open the Settings app, and scroll until you see “Messages”.
Tap the icon and scroll through the subsection until you see ‘Message history’.
You should then be able to click ‘Save Messages’ which will give you three options: 30 days, one year, forever.
The setting will automatically be on ‘Forever’, but you can choose the one that suits you best. If you tap on one of the options, you will get a popup asking if you want to delete old messages.
You can then tap ‘Delete’ to free up your space and avoid having to pay extra for storage.
You can revert these changes at any time.
iPhone users should also be careful that WhatsApp adds unnecessary attachments to their phone.
The app will automatically save photos, videos, and voice notes unless otherwise stated.
To change this, open WhatsApp, tap Settings, tap Storage & Data, then go to Manage Storage to review and delete attachments individually.
If you need to check how much space you have left on your iPhone, go to the Settings app, scroll down to ‘General’ and click ‘iPhone Storage’.
The master trick to free up iPhone storage: Go to Settings > Click Messages > Scroll to find Message History > Click Keep Messages > Choose from three options when to delete messages
Settings will tell you how much space you’re using and which apps are taking up the most storage to guide you on what you’d like to remove.
Another great way to free up storage is by deleting duplicate photos, the common problem can eat up storage, but there is a simple way to fix it.
First, open the Photos app, go to ‘Albums’ and under the ‘Utilities’ section, tap ‘Duplicates’ and then tap ‘Merge’ next to your chosen photos to remove duplicates.
If you want to remove duplicates right away, in the last step, tap on the three dots on the top right corner and tap ‘Select All’ to merge all duplicates.