This one simple trick can free up a ton of storage space on your iPhone
This one simple trick can free up a ton of storage space on your iPhone

There are so many ways to free up storage on your iPhone.

Some popular ways to keep free space on your iPhone include using Google Photo’s free unlimited cloud storage for photos and streaming music. We’ve even seen a strange roundabout way where you have to “pretend” that you’re about to rent a movie even when you don’t have enough space for it.

The method I’m talking about here is to backup your iPhone onto a computer with iTunes, and then restore the backup immediately after. It’s also somewhat “roundabout,” but it’s extremely easy and it freed up SIX gigabytes of storage that I didn’t know I had.

You’ll need just three things: your iPhone, a Lightning cable, and a computer with iTunes. 

1. Plug your iPhone into your computer and open iTunes.



2. Under Backups, select “This computer.”



3. Then check the “Encrypt iPhone backup” box. You’ll be asked to enter a password for encrypted backups. Type in a password and remember it, you’ll need it later.



4. Click “Back Up Now” and let it back up.



5. Click “Restore Backup” when it’s finished backing up.



6. If it asks you to turn off “Find my iPhone,” go into Settings on your iPhone > iCloud > scroll down to Find My iPhone and turn it off. Then click OK on the popup window and click “Restore Backup.”



7. Make sure the backup you just did is selected and click “Restore.” It’ll ask you for that encrypted backup password. Then let it do its thing.



8. Your iPhone will restart and go through an upgrade installation. Don’t worry, everything will go back to exactly the way it was before MINUS a bunch of useless data that it piled up before you did this backup.



9. Now go back to your storage in Settings and see how much space you freed up. I got rid of SIX gigabytes of random data that had no seemingly positive impact on my iPhone experience. I now have nearly 36GB of storage left.