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If your iPhone is running out of free space, it may prevent you from upgrading iOS, recording video, taking photos or downloading apps and content. This article will show you how to safely free up space on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Your iOS device has a limited amount of storage capacity. Since Apple charges a premium for additional storage space, many users go for the most basic model. This is actually a good idea. Virtually everything on your iPhone can be stored in the cloud or on your computer. iTunes videos and music, as well as your apps, are automatically stored in iCloud. A lot of other content can be backed up to iCloud or your computer. There’s no reason to spend a fortune on the highest capacity iPhone or iPad.
Backup Your Device
Before you even think about deleting anything on your iPhone, it is important to do a backup. Virtually everything on your device can be stored either on iCloud or on your computer, using iTunes. If you have a backup, you can be rather aggressive about deleting content on your iPhone.
Don’t worry about backing up apps or iTunes videos and music. These are already stored in the cloud and can be re-downloaded at any time.
For more information on how to back up your iPhone, please read “How to Upgrade iOS“. This guide provides information on backing up your iPhone with iCloud or iTunes. It’s also a good process to follow before you install an iOS update.
If you want to backup photos and have the ability to restore individual images, neither iCloud nor iTunes are ideal. Both methods can only restore the whole backup and not individual files. The Sync Photos feature in iTunes only works in one direction — from the computer to your iPhone.
It is possible to backup and restore individual photos. Follow these directions to copy your iPhone’s photos to your computer. Once this is done, you can restore any photos if you accidentally delete one. This also works with videos.
You can also upload your photos and videos to PhotoStream. This will not use your 5GB of free iCloud storage space, however it is limited to 1000 photos. Furthermore, the photos will be deleted within 30 days. PhotoStream is a temporary solution until you can find a more permanent home for your photos. You can upload your iPhone photos to PhotoStream and then download them to your computer. It’s easier and faster to connect your iPhone to your computer and download the images. PhotoStream is just another option.
There are software applications capable of restoring individual items from an iPhone backup. iPhone Backup Extractor is the most popular app. They offer a free version, which works on Windows, Mac and Linux. Keep in mind, this will only work if you backup using iTunes. Since compatibility may change, make sure you can access individual files using iPhone Backup Extractor before you delete anything. (continue…)