Tip: How to Quickly Free Up Storage on Your iPhone [VIDEO]



If your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad is running low on space, this neat little trick can help you free up some precious storage on your iOS device. Your device does not need to be jailbroken to make it work either. Simply follow the steps below to try it out (via iTwe4kz):

Step 1:

Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, to take note of how much storage you have on your device

Step 2:

Now open iTunes and tap Search. Look up a movie, such as “Lord of the Rings”.

Step 3:

Once the search results are displayed, pick a movie that has a bigger file size than your device’s remaining storage. For instance, if you have 1.8GB remaining on your device, select a movie that is 3.0GB or so. You can view each movie’s file size in description.

Step 4:

Now tap Rent Movie. Don’t worry, you won’t have to pay anything since there is not enough space on your device to download it.

Step 5:

You will soon see “Cannot Download” message due to insufficient storage space. On this message, tap on Settings and again go to General > Storage.

Step 6:

Now you will notice that your storage space has magically increased by up to 500MB or so. You can repeat the above procedure and each time, some space will be freed up automatically.

That’s it. Enjoy this quick tip whenever you are in desperate need of some extra storage space!


  • Riddlemethis

    A free utility and no jaibreak needed called Phoneclean does the same thing and no messing around with “buying” movies. “Cleaning” your device is something people should do weekly or biweekly as well as performing a hard reset weekly. Every few months one should also restore your device from a previous backup too.

  • KIII

    I’m thinking you get the same message when loading too many movies onto an application like Infuse or even home videos inside the iOS movie app.
    Maybe it will work the same.

  • Nick

    I discovered that certain apps like Facebook and especially The Chive seem to be caching every image you’ve ever viewed with them. You can see the space they’re taking up by going to Settings-General-Storage and iCloud-Manage storage (the upper one – not the one for iCloud). Apps are then listed in the order of amount of space taken up. I think that the first number you see is only the amount of space the app file itself uses – so for example the chive showed up as 15mb – but it was high on the list. When tapped it shows ‘documents and data’, and the chive app was using 6gb! That must have been a cache of every photo I’d ever browsed in the years since I first downloaded that app. Facebook was using a large amount of space that way too. I managed to free the space up by deleting those apps and reinstalling them. I guess after a while I’ll have to do that again. Crazy that they don’t automatically clear the cache.

  • Nick

    I don’t see that app. Searching for phone clean only shows apps that clean duplicate contacts, and some that show system information but don’t mention actually clearing space.

  • Chris

    If only Apple would build in a way for us to clean caches and what not without having to find tricks like this or deleting and re-adding apps or doing a full reset on our devices.

  • Mg

    PhoneClean is a Windows/OSX program, not and iOS app

  • Nick

    Thanks. Is that not sketchy at all? Giving some free program access to all the files on your phone? Some bad grammar on the website, that usually makes me a little nervous that this app might actually hijack sensitive info from my phone (credit cards, passwords, etc). Has anyone ran this and found it to make much of an improvement to speed or space? Any problems with it? If it is legit is there never an issue with incompatibility with the current iOS version?

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Great trick if you have a 16GB iPhone not so much if you have a high GB iPhone

  • fatiredflyer

    Old dude hasn’t got a “Rent Movie” button showing…

  • I had 9.49 GB available on my 64 GB iPhone 6S.
    Went to iTunes, went to download a movie that is 9.9 GB. It actually started downloading. So I was charged, UNLIKE the instructions/video indicated on this page. So this damn trick doesn’t work. 🙁