6 Phone Cleaning Solutions for a Faster, Sleeker Device

Many iPhone owners are faced with the reality of storage shortage. Running out of space can happen at the most inconvenient times. It may occur when you’re trying to update the operating system or capture important moments with your camera. Unfortunately, you cannot upgrade the internal storage of an iPhone. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. In this article, we’ll share our top ways to clear storage on iPhones.

How to Free Up Memory on iPhone?

#1 Analyze memory status

Assess how much space you have first. Go to Settings and navigate to General, then [device] Storage. At the top, a color-coded bar chart will outline the space occupied by different app categories on your device.

Understanding the numbers in depth is not necessary. To update iOS, ensure you have up to 6GB of free space. If you want enough free space for new photos and apps without any concerns, allow at least 2GB of free space.

Please note that adding the available and used space won’t equal the total size of your phone’s storage, as it doesn’t consider the space used by the operating system.

#2 Start automatic cleaning

Smart cleaning technology automatically helps free up space. The effectiveness will depend on how cluttered your device is and what kind of data it is. Through the CleanUp app, you can free up space from duplicates, and temporary files and reduce the amount of memory allocated for videos. The application allows you to boost your phone by compressing bulk data. You can still access them and return them to their original state at any time. Just click this and install the application. Then check how much memory you can free up. If necessary, manually clean up more memory on your device.

#3 Delete apps

As mentioned earlier, you can easily identify storage-occupying apps by navigating to Settings > General > iPhone Storage. Locate the list of apps sorted by size and last-used date. Once you find the desired app for deletion, swipe left and select ‘Delete App.’

There is another method for quickly freeing up space by deleting apps directly from the Home screen. The process varies depending on your iOS version.

  1. In the latest iOS versions, press and hold an icon until a menu appears.
  2. Then tap ‘Remove App.’
  3. A confirmation window will appear, select ‘Delete App’ to remove it from your iPhone.

On older versions of iOS, tap and hold the app’s icon until all icons begin to shake, indicating Edit Mode. Then tap the X in the top left corner to delete the app.

#4 Clear browser cache

If you frequently browse the web on your iPhone using Safari or Chrome, it’s important to note that caches and unnecessary data might be stored on your phone. Clearing your browser cache can free up a surprising amount of space. Follow these steps to clear the cache on Safari:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Locate Safari.
  3. Choose Clear History and Website Data.

To clear the cache on Chrome, follow these steps:

  1. Open Google Chrome on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Options > Settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap Privacy and Security.
  4. Tap Clear Browsing Data.
  5. Select the data you want to clear and tap Clear Browsing Data.

#5 Delete app data and cache

To maintain data while removing the app, Apple provides the option. However, you might want to delete the data itself. Perhaps you have old videos and books that you no longer plan to watch, occupying space in an app that you still want to use. Some apps have a significant amount of associated data that you can delete without having to uninstall the app.

To delve deeper into app storage consumption, navigate to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and select the arrow next to one of the listed apps. This way, you can view the app’s data usage as well as the additional space occupied by documents and data.

Video apps often contribute significantly to this issue, but the aforementioned “Review Downloaded Videos” section should have resolved that for you. Another aspect to consider is video editing apps and book reading apps such as Kindle and Books.

#6 Delete text messages

As mentioned earlier, you have the option to auto-delete conversations from the Messages app, freeing up significant space. However, if you have sentimental messages you wish to keep, it might not be the best choice.

You can still delete a large number of messages on your phone while retaining the ones you want to keep. Simply swipe left on any message you wish to delete, select “Delete,” and proceed.

A more efficient method to filter and mass delete messages is by filtering your messages by Unknown Senders. Click on Unknown Senders, tap the three dots at the top, and choose “Select Messages.” Then, tap “Select all” and carefully review the messages to avoid deleting important ones. Select those messages and tap “Delete” to remove the rest.


We spend more time with our smartphones than with our loved ones, parents or children. This fact emphasizes the need to keep it in an organized, optimized state. This state does not occur by itself; it must be created and maintained. The tips listed will help you achieve your goal with minimal effort.