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Eliminate space on your iPhone or iPad

I’m sure it’s happened to you that you’ve run out of space on your iPhone or iPad and you don’t know exactly why. The answer is that there are many applications that save temporary files and useless caches that they don’t delete, so they get stored and take up useless space on your device. Today, we show you how to get all that space back.

Most users who have an iPhone or an iPad have the model with the lowest capacity, as a rule most sales are taken by the 16 GB models , which are usually more than enough, and are also the cheapest models.

Eliminate space on your iPhone or iPad
Eliminate space on your iPhone or iPad

However, sometimes we may find ourselves with a warning that we are running out of space on our system and cannot install games or heavy applications. What’s more, if you connect your iPhone or iPad to iTunes you’ll see that there’s a bar at the bottom that tells you how many GB the different types of content are taking up .

The yellow one with Other usually takes up several GB, which as we’ll see in this article the most of them are useless because they’re just caches of unnecessary applications, messages, games or temporary data.

Getting rid of that occupied space

However we don’t have an exact way of finding out where all this useless space comes from, so we’ll have to go through the different places in the system to remove the data manually.

One of the methods to guide us will be to go to Settings> General> Usage . On this screen in the Storage section we’ll see the MB that each application is taking, which as we’ll see will be quite a few MB that we didn’t expect to see there.

The capacities are ordered in descending order, and we will see how surely the Music and the Pictures are the ones that take more GB to the pocket . However, in my case I have Chrome consuming more than 300 MB of cache or Facebook swallowing almost 200 MB of my device.

Of course, you’d think it would be as simple as clicking on an option like clear cache or application content , but no, that’s allowed in some applications that give us the option to do this from within the application itself. iOS only allows us to delete the application and take all the data with it . Afterwards we’ll have to reinstall it having lost all the settings, but having recovered the space occupied.

If we enter the application from this menu we’ll see the application and the amount of space each element in it takes up . For example, Google+ takes up 40.2 MB, but in Documents and Data we have 148 MB taken up, which is 4 times the space occupied by the application. Ideally, we should be able to simply delete Documents and Data, but iOS doesn’t let us.

Recovering additional space

  • Messaging applications: Other applications that are going to take up a lot of space if we don’t keep them in line are messaging applications, such as WhatsApp, iMessage or Line. In this case it will be as simple as deleting the conversations or deleting the files that do not interest us from the list of received from that user, that as we do not have the habit of taking a maintenance, there can be many useless photos stored.
  • Reel: Even if we think not, in the reel there will be dozens of photos that are useless, because any photo we take with the camera from any application will end up there. It could be that many photos we take to upload to Twitter or whatever we don’t want to save them. My advice is that whenever we can, let’s import the videos to the computer from the OS X Image Capture application; this way we’ll save a lot of space, since the videos recorded by the iPhone at 1080p take up a lot of space.
  • Browser cache: As we said before, the cache of browsers such as Chrome or Safari can take up a lot of space. To do this we’ll have to go into the settings of each application and look for the option to empty the cache. In Chrome it’s under Settings ; Privacy ; Clear Browsing Data. In Safari, you’ll need to go to the iOS preferences, under Safari> Clear Cookies and Data.

Safari usually empties the cache automatically so it doesn’t get too fat, but Chrome doesn’t. Likewise if we delete the cookies we should know that all the pages we were logged into will be lost and we’ll have to log in again everywhere.


PhoneClean is an application that is dedicated to automating this process and preventing our cleaning task from becoming a nightmare . It is an application for iOS, where we will have to connect our device to the computer via USB and it will analyze all the garbage in our system in the form of temporary files, caches, cookies and failed synchronizations.

The best thing is that we won’t need to have jailbreak to perform this task and it will act completely transparently to the user, just limiting our range of action to selecting those components we want to remove .

As we can see, it is not a comfortable task to free up unnecessary space in iOS, but we will have to carry it out every time we run out of capacity. iOS 7 doesn’t make things much better, so we will have to keep doing the maintenance on our own . Android, on the other hand, does make the task much easier because it allows us to remove caches from applications and temporary data without getting rid of the application.

And you, did you know this trick or don’t you ever do maintenance on your iOS?

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