5 Ways to Maximize your iPhone or iPad’s Storage

I remember this one scene in my favorite series, FRIENDS, (watch it here) where one of the characters, Chandler, was showing off his new laptop to the other characters. It’s funny to think that, at that time, you could professionally work with 500 megabytes of memory.

Now, the development of technology allowed us to utilize a terabyte of information inside a small hard drive or memory stick. Think of how all the data from the Apollo 11 mission were stored in these huge, clunky computers and, now, you can click-and-drag that same data into a fingertip-sized SD card and still have space for movies and other media files.

With the high storage capacities of the latest mobile gadgets, it’s all up to us users to maximize all that storage space to our benefit. iPhone or iPad users, don’t despair; you don’t have to buy a new device if you want more storage space. Here’s something you can do – adjust your system usage. There are actually a lot of ways to reduce storage consumption and allocate space for more important apps or files.

  • Eliminate apps you don’t need. Do you seriously need that game on your iPhone? How about that selfie-editing app? Prioritize apps that you can use every day. Delete games or apps you rarely use. Go to Settings > General > Usage to see a list of all the apps you currently have installed on your iPhone. Select the apps towards the bottom of the list and tap that Delete App button. Be strong; do it for the storage capacity.
  • Upload personal files to a cloud storage system. If you have a Google account, you might want to check out Google Drive. Cloud systems utilize the power of the Internet to house digital files that can be accessed from anywhere, as long as you have a steady Internet connection. iCloud can be utilized to do the same. Syncing your data can also provide emergency backup in case your device encounters an error or damage. There are all sorts of cloud services that you can avail for free or a reasonable price. Whatever works for you.
  • Sync fewer media files to your device. “But what if I want to hear that Red Hot Chili Peppers song tomorrow and I don’t have it?” No one’s stopping you, man. Just remember to choose what you put into your device. For example, if you’re done watching that movie you bought, why keep it? To segregate your media files, here’s what you can do:
    • For your tunes: iTunes > Sync Options. A pop-out window will appear. Select the Selected playlists, artists, albums and genres option, and then check off what you think you’d like to hear for a period of time. I recommend doing this to rotate your musical preferences.
    • For your other media: Choose any of the following in your preferred order – Movies, TV Shows and Podcasts. At the top of each tab, look for the Automatically include option and change the other information to fit your needs. This could provide you exclusively of the latest downloads you have and not those you already finished, giving you more space to use.
  • Compress media quality. I remember doing this with my old 512MB MP3 player when I was in high school. To explain it briefly, if you reduce your media quality by just a pinch, you could give yourself a larger amount of storage capacity to use. Follow this path: Device Name > Summary, then select two handy options: Prefer standard definition videos and Convert higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC. I don’t know about you, but fair-quality videos can work for me if I can have more storage space.
  • Get rid of the stuff under “other” storage. Notice that when you load your device’s summary on iTunes, there is a bar graph that gives you a visual representation of your data consumption. Then there’s that yellow bar labelled “Other”. This data actually comprises of app data or cache, and/or badly optimized disk data. To eliminate this, some users recommended backing up your device then restoring it to the latest iOS version. This usually eliminates that Other bar.

Once you do any (or all) of these steps, your device might be a little faster, too. More speed is never a bad thing. Try and do these periodically to ensure no space is wasted and to have more storage space for important files. If you have any technical problems with your device, drop by MacMall retail stores at Santa Monica, Torrance or Huntington Beach to get professional advice and recommendations from our Apple-credited experts. Enjoy exciting promos and other exclusive deals when you visit macmall.com. For the latest news from MacMall, follow @MacMall on Twitter and connect with MacMall on Facebook.

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