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How to make Telegram take up less space on your iPhone

When you receive a file via WhatsApp (a photo, video, or any other type of file), it is downloaded to your iPhone storage and deleted directly from the service’s servers. In contrast, with Telegram is not the same , the files are downloaded to the iPhone, but are also kept on the service’s servers, so it is possible to recover them at any time if you delete them from your smartphone.

Thanks to this mode of operation, it is possible to delete files from the internal memory of the device and recover a lot of storage space without losing them forever, since when you need them they will still be available in the conversation and you will be able to download them as many times as you need (unless you delete the conversation from your iPhone).

How to make Telegram take up less space on your iPhone
How to make Telegram take up less space on your iPhone

In addition, you can also have files automatically deleted from your phone’s memory from time to time. This will keep Telegram size from skyrocketing , which is quite common if you are a ” heavy-user ” of the messaging service.

Would you like to know how to clear the entire Telegram cache at once or how to schedule a clear from time to time? In the following lines you can learn how to do it.

How to clear all Telegram cache and recover storage space

By following the steps I indicate in this first section, you will be able to delete all the files from the Telegram cache at once and thus recover a lot of storage space.

With this method, the files that had already been downloaded to the internal memory of your iPhone will be deleted, but as I said, you will be able to access them again whenever you need to, thanks to Telegram’s “cloud”.

To clean the cache of the Telegram app you must do the following:

  1. Open the Telegram app and go to the Settings tab.
  2. Touch the Data and Storage section and then touch Storage Usage.
  3. Tap on the blue text Clear Telegram Cache.
  4. Select the types of files you want to delete (photos, videos, music, files, other…).
  5. Finally, tap on Clear (right next to the button you’ll see the amount of MB or GB you’ll release by clearing your cache).

As you can see the process is simple, fast and also very effective. Just after pressing the Delete button, the cleaning will be done and the files will be deleted from the internal memory, leaving the space free for any other use you need.

Setting the Telegram Cache to Clear from Time to Time

Earlier I said that it is also possible to configure the Telegram cache so that is automatically deleted from time to time. As with the previous case, making this setting is quite simple, just do the following:

  1. Open the Telegram app and go to the Settings tab.
  2. Access Data and Storage – Storage Usage.
  3. In the Save media section, choose the time you want the downloaded files to be stored in the phone memory: 3 days, 1 week, 1 month or No limit (i.e. until you delete it manually).

Once this setting has been changed, the files will be kept in your iPhone’s memory for the selected period only. After this time it will be automatically deleted, although as I said, as long as you keep the conversation in the service you will be able to recover the files by downloading them again.

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