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iOS Tip 120 - Manage Your Storage

iPhone/iPad have pretty awesome cameras and they are pretty awesome displays for photos as well. They’re actually such awesome cameras that almost everyone fills them up with pictures, and then you’re out of space and can’t take any more photos. To see what’s taking up space navigate to a breakdown of what’s taking up space and how much.

Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage. Under the heading of Storage you’ll see Used (what’s actually taken up on your phone) and Available (how much free space you have). There is another option, Manage Storage, which gives you a breakdown of how much space each app is taking up as well as the option to remove that app and its data right from there.
Photos & Camera is the number one culprit for taking up space on most of the phones I see. It’s just so easy to take photos like crazy and run out of space. The biggest culprit is videos; a short video can take up more space than a few dozen photos, or maybe even a hundred or more, depending on the length of the video.

There are a number of different storage options solutions. A common one is to move them onto your computer and remove them from your iPhone. Another one is to upload them to an online service like Backblaze (cheaper than iCloud unlimited storage for $5.00/month) or use iCloud Photo Library. You may need to pay for extra iCloud storage space, but $0.99 per month gets 50GB. It can take hours or even days to upload an entire Photo Library, depending on the size and the upload speed, but it’s really great when it all gets uploaded. There are two options: Optimize iPhone Storage, meaning you get a low resolution thumbnail on the device and a full version available to download in iCloud, and when you try to view that photo it will download for your viewing. The other is Download and Keep Originals. I do that on my Mac, where I have a ton of available space, but not on my phone.

No matter which solution you use remember that if your iPad or iPhone is having a problem one of the "fixes" is to restore the device to factory settings. That means ALL YOUR PICTURES and contacts, videos etc, get erased. Get into the habit of backing up, whether to your computer or an online service.

iOS Tip 110 - Free Up Space on your iPad/iPhone

Quickly delete multiple images in Messages to free up space without losing yourconversations:

When you send pictures, videos, audio messages and other attachmentsin Messages on iPhone and iPad, it stays on the device by default taking up memory. For a lot of people, Messages is the second biggest app on their device in terms of storage, with Photos often being the biggest, because of the fact that the photos they share from Photos actually gets stored twice on the device: withinPhotos and withinMessages. In thisarticle, I’m going to discuss how to delete multiple images in Messages very quickly. Before you do this make sure any content you want is backed up!

First open up the Message app, and select the conversation that has the pictures that you want to delete and get rid of.

Then you are going to press on Details in blue in the upper right hand corner. Scroll down until you see the Attachments.

Then you are going to tap and hold on one of the images until you see Copy, Delete and More appear.

Tap on More and select all of the images you want to delete.

Then you are going to press on the blue trashcan in the lower right hand corner to delete them. To confirm you want to delete them, you are going to press the red words Delete Attachments.

This is how you delete multiple images very quickly and easily in iOS 9, allowing you to get storage space back on your device and without losing the rest of your conversation. If you don't care about the conversation you can delete it which will erase all the attached photos, videos, etc.

iOS Tip 93 - What is "Other"

When connecting your iPad/iPhone to your computer you’ll see on the bottom of the Summary page, in iTunes, just what’s taking up space: Audio, Apps, Photos Other. The dreaded "Other" the mysterious "Other."

This storage section has puzzled many a tech writer and developer (even Apple Support). “Other”, which may take up considerable space on your device, consists of things like cached iTunes content (streamed movies, for example), Mail data, and Safari website data.

You can try to delete some of this, but unfortunately it’s not always possible. In fact, there doesn't seem to be a way to delete cached iTunes content.

The only way to effectively delete "Other" data is to back up and restore your device with iTunes. Backing up is a good habit to get in to not matter what. This process will retain all of your apps in the cloud while deleting any extra junk files that may exist. You'll lose some data like game save files, but it's the only way to reclaim storage claimed by “Other”.