6 ways to increase the storage of your iPhone

Apple is notorious for being stingy in terms of providing internal storage in its phones. Even though it sells the iPhone for a price of more than Rs 60,000, the devices comes with paltry 16GB internal memory.

 when most major makers have adopted 32GB as the base for storage for their phones, Apple continued with 16GB for the iPhone 6S. The iPhone is also perhaps the best possible playground for your apps, movies and music. So what do you do when 16GB internal memory — the usable memory is even less — gets in your way and you start running out of the storage. Well, there are remedies. We tell you the best ways to get a little bit of more storage on your iPhone.

1.  On the iPhone, often you’ll find the phone starts shooting in HDR mode. Essentially, the phone is shooting a couple of photos and stitching them together. Now, the problem is that when the phone saves the HDR photo, it doesn’t delete the normal photos it clicked at the same time. This means, there are a lot of duplicate photos that the phone saves in its gallery. Also, HDR is not required in every scenario. So, perhaps, you shouldn’t use it all the time. In Setting > General > Photos and camera, you’ll find an option that allows you disable saving of normal photos while clicking HDRs. Use it.


2. The iPhone 6S introduces new features like live photos. Now, live photos consume a lot of memory and are enabled by default on the iPhone. You should disable the feature to save memory.

3. Go to Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage. Here’s where you’ll find out what’s hogging the memory of your iPhone. In most cases you’ll find that photos are taking up the most amount of space. If you’re running shot on space, then perhaps you should use cloud storage to back up your photos and access them. You can use iCloud. But you can also use Google Photos. It will upload unlimited photos at a very high resolution and also inside the settings menu of the app that have already been backed up.

4. Delete games that you don’t play anymore. Games are huge files. They are in gigabytes and are a big storage hog. If you don’t play a game, you should simply delete it to free up more space on your iPhone.

5.  Instead of saving music and videos locally, you should consider streaming music using services like Apple Music, which has a vast library of music.

6. When the situation is dire, you should consider deleting the iPhone backup file by going into Settings > General > Storage and iCloud usage > Manage Storage and delete the backup file. Often this file will be more than 2 GB.

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