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Apple iPhone X Storage Guide: How to manage internal memory storage space on your iPhone X [Tutorials]

Apple’s latest iOS flagship device dubbed as the iPhone X comes in two storage variants — the iPhone X 64GB and iPhone X 256GB. Apparently, both devices sport an ample storage space for heavy usage. But this does not mean that the device cannot run out of internal storage in time. The more you download and install complex apps and multimedia contents, the faster the internal memory can shrink. To ensure optimum performance of your device, regular memory management is highly recommended. This content will walk you through the fundamental procedures on how to manage internal memory of the Apple iPhone X along with some helpful workarounds to free up storage space when needed. Read further to learn more.

How to view and check available storage space on your iPhone X?

The key to knowing when to do some memory clean-up is by checking your iPhone’s memory status in a regular basis. Most people however only do so when they notice that their device is already beginning to show performance issues like sluggishness or constant lags, freezes, and random crashes. But before any of that happens, you might as well consider checking the current status of your iPhone memory in a regular basis. Here’s how:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap [Device] Storage.
  4. A list of recommendations may show up. You can refer to these recommendations as they will help you optimize your device’s storage. A list of installed apps along with the amount of storage each app uses will also be shown in the next menu.
  5. To view more information about an app’s storage, tap on the app’s name.

Some apps offer an option for you to delete some of the their contents or delete the app and all of its contents if necessary. Offloading the app can also help free up storage used by the app while keeping its documents and data intacted.

Normally, you’ll be prompted with a Storage Almost Full alert message if your device is almost full and iOS could no longer free up space on your device. You’ll then have to remove some less-used and useless contents from your device.

Check/View available memory on your iPhone X through iTunes

Alternatively, you can use iTunes to view the storage on your iPhone X. Doing so will likewise allow you to move some of your important contents from your iPhone to your computer, in case you really have to free up some space. Here’s what you should do then:

  1. Open iTunes on your computer. Be sure to use the latest version of iTunes software on your computer to avoid system conflicts.
  2. Connect your iPhone X to your computer with the Apple-supplied (OEM) USB connector or Lightning cable.
  3. Wait for iTunes to recognize your iPhone.
  4. Then select your iPhone X in iTunes. You will see a bar that shows how much storage your iPhone X content uses divided by content type.
  5. To view more information, move your mouse pointer over a content type like Other or Apps folder.

Among the types of content stored on your iPhone include but not limited to Audio, Video, Photos, Apps, Books, Documents & Data, and Other.

Cached files are stored in Other folder. Temporary files and cached files are automatically removed when iOS detects that your device requires more space.

How to free up space on your iPhone X internal storage?

Checking the available internal storage of your device is likewise a way to let you clear storage regularly or when necessary. You can do any of the following:

 

  • Delete unnecessary text messages (SMS) and picture messages (MMS) as they too used up space of your iPhone’s internal storage.
  • Move or transfer contents like photos and media files to your computer as explicated earlier (via iTunes).
  • Clear your browser app’s cache, cookies, history, and other stored data. This is a must if your browser starts to act weird like often lags, freezes or crashes. Do the same with your other third-party apps.
  • Delete call logs. Call logs also take up some space of your internal memory so you might as well consider deleting them if no longer needed.
  • Manage apps. Read on for more details on how this is done.

 

If you have downloaded some music files that are no longer needed, you can just delete them from your device. To delete music/audio files from your iPhone X, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Music app.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. Locate the song, album, playlist, TV show, or movie that you want to remove.
  4. Then use 3D Touch or long press the item.
  5. If prompted, tap the option to Remove then tap Remove Downloads to remove the item only from your iPhone X.
  6. Otherwise, tap Delete from Library if you want to delete the item from your iCloud Music Library.

To view more contents that you’ve downloaded to your iPhone X, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Library.
  2. Tap Download Music.
  3. You’ll be prompted with a message that says, “Showing only music on this [device]” at the top of the screen.
  4. Tap Library in the upper-left corner to return to your full library.

You can save space on your iPhone X and automatically remove downloaded songs that you haven’t listened to recently. Here’s how:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap Music.
  3. Tap Optimize Storage.
  4. Tap to enable the Optimize Storage option.

How to manage apps from your iPhone X Storage menu?

If your iPhone X begins to misbehave or show unusual symptoms after installing a new app, consider uninstalling the app as it might have been corrupted and tends to hinder your device or other apps from functioning as intended. Also consider deleting or uninstalling apps that are utilizing large amounts of ROM. Here’s how:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Storage & iCloud Usage.
  4. Tap Manage Storage.
  5. Wait for a list of apps to populate under Storage.

Refer to the list to identify which apps are using the most of your iPhone storage. If these apps are less-used or not useful at all, then uninstall them.

What to do if your iPhone X is beginning to show memory errors and early symptoms of memory-related problems like sluggishness, unresponsiveness or random crashes?

If any of these problems occurs for the first time, restarting the problematic app or performing a soft reset or forced restart on your iPhone X will likely be able to fix them. If that won’t work, then that’s when you will need to consider performing more advanced troubleshooting procedures to deal with and resolve the underlying cause.

And that covers everything in this guide. Keep posted for more comprehensive walkthroughs on the fundamentals and key features of iPhone X on iOS 11. Or check out our iPhone X troubleshooting page if you need some helpful inputs in dealing with minor and major issues transpiring on the same iOS device.

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