5 Top Tips on How to Free Space on your iPhone

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Does anyone remember their first computer? Remember how long it took to load that game of Doom and how often it would crash if you tried to send an email and listen to the free music that came with Windows at the same time?! Well, thankfully technology has come a hell of a long way since then, but the same basic principles remain the same: no, nothing to do with flesh-eating zombies and crappy classical music, but that using more space means that your computer and/or iPhone will run slower. So, here at good old iPhoneAppCafe, we decided to compile five to tips that will help you free up space on your iPhone, meaning that it will run as quickly as it did when it was fresh out of the packet!

How To: Delete your iPhone’s Unnecessary Apps

How To: Delete your iPhone’s Unnecessary Apps

What? Delete my Apps? Are you crazy? Surely an iPhone App website would see such an act as murder, or manslaughter at the very least?! Well, without wanting to get into a moral and legal battle here, we see it more as a form of euthanasia. You see, there are some Apps that are either not worth the masses of space that they take up, fun, but rarely used, or just plain crap. You should free your iPhone of these cluttering, cumbersome Applications by devising a list of the Apps that you use the least, then holding your thumb down on their logo until the screen shakes and press the ‘x’ in the corner of the App. This will delete the app and all of the memory that it is using up, leaving your iPhone as fresh as a daisy!

How To: Use Free Memory Monitoring Apps for your iPhone

How To: Use Free Memory Monitoring Apps for your iPhone

Well, once you’ve deleted a few unnecessary Apps from your iPhone, then you will have more room for another App! However, this App is one that is actually designed to help you free up space on your iPhone and monitor how much free storage you have left. There are a few to choose from at the Apple Store, but ones such as the aptly named, ‘Free Memory’ allow you to monitor your battery life as well as your iPhone’s memory, meaning that you can will have faster and longer use of your iPhone.

How To: Clear your iPhone’s Browser History

How To: Clear your iPhone’s Browser History

Your iPhone will automatically keep a history of all of the web pages that you have searched for and visited; if you browse the web fairly often, this means that there will be a lot of history, therefore a lot of space will be being used to store this. To clear your iPhone’s browser history, simply select ‘Settings’, ‘Safari’ and press ‘Clear History’; concurrently, to delete your browsers cookies, (which can also take up a fair amount of space), just go to ‘Settings’, ‘Safari’ and click ‘Clear Cookies’. This will also have the added benefit of stopping anyone finding out what you have been looking at on the web…what? I’ve got nothing to hide! Just check my history…oh yeah, you can’t!

How To: Delete Unnecessary Media Files from your iPhone

How To: Delete Unnecessary Media Files from your iPhone

Media files are one of the most space-filling elements on your iPhone; videos and photos can take up so much space that your iPhone will stop working properly and you will be confused as to why it is taking you twenty minutes to send a text message and an hour to access the web. What you should do is back all of the photos and videos that you wish to keep up on to your computer, or iPod or any other external hard drive that has the capacity to store them and then delete them from your phone by simply selecting ‘Delete Photo/Video?’ This will fee up a gigantic amount of space for you to fill with…more videos?!

How To: Free Huge Amounts of Space on your iPhone’s iTunes

How To: Free Huge Amounts of Space on your iPhone’s iTunes

Ok, we’ve really saved the best until last here. If you are anything like me, then the majority of your iPhone’s space is taken up by music. Music that I have stored on my iPod, my Computer and backed up on my external hard drive. I do not need all of this music on my iPhone and neither do you! All you have to do to make your iPhone feel as if it has your entire back catalogue of tunes stored on it is create a Smart Playlist in iTunes and transfer it on to your iPhone! You can select which genre you want to hear, give each song ratings and limit it to certain amounts of songs or other items such as videos or podcasts to fill a smaller amount of space on your iPhone; then just plug in, sync and enjoy the benefits of loads more space, plus an eclectic, refreshed musical playlist!

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Apple Umbrella
posted on 14 January 2011

helping apps. thanks for sharing

David Harfield David Harfield
posted on 14 January 2011

No worries, glad to help!

posted on 02 November 2011

Thanks mate – how do I avoid that Itunes install all the apps I have deleted (when I connect).

David Harfield David Harfield
posted on 02 November 2011

Hey Chinaski, just uncheck all of the apps on your itunes before you connect! Good luck!

posted on 17 November 2011

Just uncheck the box at the bottom of the app screen and sync

posted on 11 December 2011


how can i free up my memory on my iphone 4 from PC ?my idevise is stuck i cant even slide to open it any way to solve it many thxs in advance

David Harfield
posted on 13 December 2011

Hi Azly,

Try a hard reboot – hold the power button and the home button for twenty seconds. If that doesn’t unlock it, you’ll have to take it to the Apple shop to reset it!


posted on 10 February 2012

Hi, I have an ipod touch 4th gen., 8 gigabyte. I have deleted a lot of my apps, but there is a massive yellow area in the ipod space bar in itunes (yellow means ‘other items’) taking up nearly 2 gigs of space. I can’t find these other items. Is there a way to see what these other items are?

David Harfield David Harfield
posted on 12 February 2012

Hey Nathan – could it be videos or pictures? If you back up your files and do a ‘hard reset’ this may fix things, otherwise I would take it to an Apple Store as 2 Gig is a lot of space to be taken up!

snail vs monsters
posted on 09 May 2012

wow ,wow ,i’ve learned

posted on 10 May 2012

I deleted a lot of apps but they still show on my itunes, and the apps capacity (green bar) does not reduce. It is blocked on 8GB!
Thanks for your help!

posted on 20 June 2012

great! thanks 🙂

posted on 27 June 2012

Thanks for the useful tips, I usually do is delete unnecessary media files, and now there are more ways to try.
BTW, for iPhone tips, I got many helpful from iFunia blog, maybe iPhone fans also could take a look.

posted on 28 August 2012

Thanks for the safari info I never thought it will take a lot of spaces

Kelsey Jenney
posted on 30 September 2012

I will try. Your information is very useful. Thank you very much.

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