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Tips & Tricks: How to optimise iPhone storage

Tips & Tricks: How to optimise iPhone storage

An issue which many iPhone users face is running out of storage space. But how can you optimise iPhone storage without deleting anything? We have five simple ways to expand your storage without having to get rid of your precious apps, photos, videos, notes or messages.

1. Uninstalling and then re-installing apps.

If you tend to use social media a fair amount, you’d find that these apps can be taking up a lot of storage as they tend to build up a large cache. As an example, I’ve had Twitter installed for a while now and it’s slowly started to take up an increasing amount of space in my phone. However, after uninstalling the app and then re-installing it, the storage size went from 525MB to a much considerably less 69.6MB.

In order to delete apps, hold down an app icon on your home screen until it starts shaking and a small “x” appears in the top left corner. Tap the “x” to delete each app. Unfortunately, you’re not able to delete any apps which come pre-loaded on your iPhone, such as Game Center, iBooks, Podcasts and Reminders.

2. Turn off HDR duplicates

Turning on HDR (high dynamic range) mode when taking photos means that a better photo will be produced in the event of harsh bright light or dark shadows. If you use often use this feature you’ll find that there will be duplicate photos in your camera roll – one original copy, and one HDR copy.

If you’re confident that the HDR version of your photo will provide the best outcome then you can turn off the feature which enables these duplicates.The setting is found under Settings>Photos & Camera and then deselect the ‘Keep Normal Photo’ option.

3. Avoid using burst mode

Burst mode enables you to take several shots at once in order to capture the perfect photo. As it stands now, there isn’t actually a way that burst mode can be turned off. So the only way to avoid capturing dozens of similar-looking images which will fill up your storage is to try to not hold down the capture button.

One fool-proof way of doing this is by using the volume buttons in order to take photos as opposed to using the traditional shutter button on the screen.

4. Upload photos and videos to Dropbox

If you’re not already backing up your photos, Dropbox is a great way of storing your data in the cloud. In fact, Dropbox for Business is one of the services we offer. You can upload your photos and videos to Dropbox at any time bycreating a free account. However, if you have thousands of images then the upload time can be quite lengthy.

To make things easier in advance, when you’re setting up your Dropbox account you can choose the option to ‘enable camera upload’ which automatically copies any photo or video you take into Dropbox.

5. A final chance to take that all-important snap

Once you start getting low on storage space on your iPhone you may find that you’re no longer able to take photos. Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to delete photos from your camera roll when a situation arises where you have to quickly capture a moment.

In the event of this, try opening another camera app such as Snapchat or Camera+ and you may be able to take a few shots which you otherwise wouldn’t be able to take. The reason why this is possible is because some apps have access to memory in your iPhone which your default camera app might not have.

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