Are you looking for ways to make room in your #iPhone8 memory? Today’s article will tell you how to manage storage on your iPhone 8 (suggestions can work in other iPhone models). We hope you’ll find this post helpful.
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Problem #1: How to get more storage on your iPhone 8
My daughter has an iPhone 8 and she doesn’t know how to manage her space.. she can’t download anything, I don’t know how to clean her space out.
Solution: Your daughter’s iPhone 8 has a lot of storage capacity already (256GB) but if you’re positive that it’s still not enough, below are the tricks that you can try:
Tip #1: Ask her to take photos efficiently
Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 11, brings a novel way for the system to allow saving photos in a more efficient format in the form of HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format). Using HEIF can significantly save her a lot of space compared to when she shoots in JPEG. For videos, she can also use HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) instead of H.264 (.mov). Both
HEIF and HEVC allows up to 50% more photos and videos compared to when using the traditional file formats.
If your daughter’s iPhone 8 has already updated to iOS 11, both formats should already be enabled by default. Just to be safe though, you can change the formats yourself by going under Settings > Camera > Formats.
Tip #2: Download Google Photos to store photos and delete from phone
Another savvy way to manage storage in your daughter’s phone is to save them to the cloud and delete copies from the phone. While Apple has its own free iCloud account, it’s very limited. Try using Google Photos app instead to avail of free 15GB cloud storage from Google. If that’s not enough, you can subscribe to their affordable monthly subscription plan to get even more space.
To download Google Photos, simply open the App Store app and search for “Google Photos.” Once you’ve installed it, sign in to the app using your Google account. If you don’t have a Google account yet, visit this link to create a new one.
Tip #3: Delete cached app data
Most apps in iPhones allow you to clear their data, which can really become big if you have tons of apps. Other data refers to any or all of the following:
- Documents & Data
- call history
- voice memos
- mail and Messages attachments
- completed reminders
- similar tidbits of user data.
Unfortunately, there’s no singular way to delete all app data at once so you’ll still need to delete data of individual apps if needed. To do that, you need to go under Settings > General > iPhone Storage. Once you’re in the iPhone Storage menu, tap on each of the app and look for a way to clear each of their caches.
Tip #4: Delete unused apps
Another good way to make storage space is to delete unnecessary or unused apps. While app installer packages may not that big themselves, some take several hundred MBs. This is true for most gaming apps. On top of the apps themselves, every one of them can also hoard caches or offline contents over time. Needless to say, deleting unused apps can easily clear several GBs worth of storage space.
If you want, you can allow the operating system to automatically help you manage storage by deleting unused apps once storage is low. This feature is called offloading unused apps. To enable it, you can enable Offload Unused Apps under Settings > General > iPhone Storage. Once you’re in iPhone Storage menu, simply click on Enable under Offload Unused Apps.
Tip #5: Set Messages to delete automatically
iPhone’s Messages app is one of the apps that uses a lot of storage space. If you are fond of sending SMS and MMS, it’s only a matter of time before Messages can take consume several GBs of storage. This is especially true if you keep sending and receiving attachments, photos, and videos in your messages.
To let your phone manage storage efficiently, you can set Messages to automatically delete messages after 30 days or after a year. To set your messages to delete automatically, you can go under Settings > Messages and down under “Message History” tap on “Keep Messages.” You can then set the time you want.
Tip #6: Delete photos and videos in Messages
If you don’t want to set your messages to expire on their own, we suggest that you check each and every conversation thread in the app and manually delete uninimportant attachments like photos, videos, or audio files. Here’s what you need to do exactly:
- Open Messages app.
- Open a conversation thread.
- Long press on the photo, video, or file.
- Tap More … on the menu box.
- Select each photo if there are multiple ones.
- Tap trash can icon in the lower left.
- Tap Delete Message to confirm.
Problem #2: iPhone 8 available storage won’t show after deleting apps
Needs to free up storage on my device. I moved photos to my pc and deleted and off loaded almost all of my apps. It won’t register how much storage is freed up and won’t let me install an app I had just off loaded. I clear my call history and when I go back to it the numbers are listed again.
Solution: Try restarting your iPhone using the steps below and see if it works:
- Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
- Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
- Finally, press and hold the Side (Power) button until you see the Apple logo.
Wait for your device to power cycle. If that won’t fix the problem and your iPhone 8 screen still gets frozen, boot it to Recovery mode and restore it. Here’s how:
- Connect your iPhone 8 to a Windows or Mac computer using the Apple-supplied USB connector or Lightning cable.
- Open iTunes on your computer. Make sure you are running the latest version of iTunes software.
- While your iPhone is connected, force it to restart with these steps:
- Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
- Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
- Finally, press and hold the Side (Power) button. But do not release the button when you see the Apple logo, instead wait for the Recovery Mode screen.
- If prompted with the option to restore or update, select Update. Doing so will let iTunes try to reinstall iOS without erasing your data and download the software for your device.
Problem #3: How to download files from iCloud if iPhone 8 is broken
I know part of the problem of why my phone lags and it’s because I have a lot of pictures & videos . When my cell phone company switched me from android or Apple they did something I guess to help save my pictures & videos but something happened to where they doubled. And with me at the time taking tons of pictures because I sold on eBay I ended up buying alot of space in the cloud. First paying.99 cents to Spending $10 a month. And I need more room. That’s why I’m going back to android. I prefer them better. I can buy as many mini sd cards I want. So how do I download all these pictures and videos when I don’t have a computer at this time ? My phone won’t even stay charged long enough anyway for me to download anything. So what to do?
Solution: Unfortunately, you need either a computer or an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) to access your iCloud account and download your files. We suggest that you focus your on fixing your phone first so you can then download your files in batches. If your iPhone’s storage can’t handle all of your files, then you need a computer with bigger storage to keep all of them. Your files will not disappear in iCloud anyway even if you’re no longer paying for the subscription. As long as you have access to that account, your files are safe. The only limitation you’ll encounter is the fact that you’ll no longer be allowed to upload more files once your subscription is stopped. We don’t know the exact figure though how much GBs Apple servers will allocate for you and how long they’ll keep them. For accurate information regarding this, we suggest that you contact Apple support.
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