Storage Wars: Reclaim Space On Your iOS Device

Today is my final two tips for fighting Storage Wars. If you haven’t experienced the awful message that pops up informing you the storage limit has been reached, I envy you, you iOS Jedi (one day you will though). For the rest of us, we need some tips, tricks, and reminders on how to take back what is rightfully ours. If you missed the other two episodes of Storage Wars, you can access them from the links below. Make sure and follow me on Twitter @iOSAppCritic for more news, reviews, and information.


  1. So you read yesterdays advice on deleting your music off your device but you don’t want to spend the $24.99 a year for iTunes Match. I can respect that, so I have another option for you. It’s not going to free up as much space as getting rid of the music off your device, but it’ll help. You can sync lower bit rate versions of songs. Enabling this feature will take up less space than the higher rate versions, so it’s a bit of conservation for you. To do this, you need to connect your iOS device to iTunes. On the Summary page for your connected device, scroll down to view Options. Select “Convert higher bit rate songs to XXX AAC.” There are three options to choose from with 128 kpbs being the lowest. Once you select which option you want, sync your device and voila, you saved a little bit of space.
  2. If you use Safari quite a bit or save items to read while offline, for example with Pocket, this all takes up storage space on your device. A bit of cleaning up can free up some much needed space. To clear Safari data go to Settings > General > Usage > Scroll to find Safari > and tap Edit in the top right hand corner. Now you can select to delete the data your device is storing. To clear your Safari Cache, go to Settings > Safari > and select Clear Cookies and Data. If you’re using an application like Pocket to store items to read while offline, you’ll need to open that application and go into its settings to get rid of that data. I use Pocket and when I’ve read all the items, I tap the top left corner to bring up the menu and select Settings. Scroll down to find Offline Downloading and select Clear Downloaded Files. A pop up menu will confirm that you want to delete the files you’ve downloaded to read offline. Confirm or cancel and you’re done.


Storage space is something that we can use up pretty quickly and are surprised when we realize it’s all used up. For me, I usually figure out I’ve been reckless with storage at the most inopportune time. No matter how hard I try to not let it happen again, I still get dangerously close to filling up my iOS devices before I realize I need to do some spring cleaning. The past two days I’ve tried to help you avoid reaching the limit by introducing you to some of my techniques I use when storage space is limited. Bookmark these pages so you can revisit them when you inevitably follow in my footsteps fighting storage wars.

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Jeremy McGinty

Jeremy McGinty is an iOS expert and has written over 350 articles relating to Apple and their products over the past two years. Writing about iPhones, iPads, and anything relating to Apple is what Jeremy does in his free time and you’re going to love reading how he’s a normal guy just like you. Jeremy is the most approachable person you’ll ever meet and you should try it out for yourself, send him a message here!


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