How to Manage and Free Storage Space on iOS 11 like a Pro

During Apple’s WWDC presentation, we got to see various high-end features related to iOS 11. One of the most striking features that got everyone talking is its seamless storage management. Now, you don’t have to worry about the lack of storage on your iPhone. With its advanced storage management feature, you can manage and free empty storage on the go. In this guide, we will make you familiar with various features of iOS 11 that can be used to manage the storage of your device.

Part 1: Manage storage on iOS 11

We have seen a drastic improvement regarding the overall storage management on iOS 11. Following are some easy ways to manage and free empty storage on your iPhone by using all various amazing features of iOS 11.

Offload unused apps to free more space

This is undoubtedly one of the best storage management features of iOS 11. There are times when we wish to free space on our device but don’t want to get rid of the app data. Apple has provided an easy solution to “offload” these apps. By offloading an app, you can free-up space that the app was occupying.

Though, the essential data files regarding the app won’t be deleted. Therefore, you can reinstall it afterward without experiencing any data loss. To offload an app, follow these steps.

1. Firstly, you need to turn on the feature of Offload Apps. To do this, visit Settings > General > iPhone Storage and tap on the “Enable” option to offload apps. You can also do it by visiting the settings of iTunes and App Stores and turning on the option for “Offload Unused Apps”.

Offload Apps

2. Now, you can simply offload any unused app. To do it, just visit your phone’s Settings > General > iPhone Storage. This will display various apps that are installed on your phone. Select the app that you wish to offload. From here, tap on the “Offload App” option.

This will let you manage the space the app was occupying. Afterward, you can simply tap on the “Reinstall App” option to retrieve it.

Reinstall App

Get rid of message attachments

While chatting with our friends and other contacts, we often share different kinds of media files with them. Though, after a few days, it becomes irrelevant and keeps occupying a significant part of our device storage. Thankfully, with iOS 11, you can manually delete all the unwanted message attachments. All you got to do is follow these steps.

1. To manage the storage occupied by messages, go to your phone’s Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Messages.

2. Here, the media files would be segregated into different categories such as photos, videos, GIFs, and others. Simply tap on the data type you want to manage.

Messages

3. This will provide all the media files (related to your messages) that are stored on your phone. You can either delete a file manually (by sliding the file and tapping on the delete button) or make multiple selections. Just tap on the “Edit” button, select the files you wish to delete and tap on the Trash icon.

tap on the “Edit”

Make use of iCloud Storage Settings

This is considered as one of the most striking features related to storage management of iOS 11. Earlier, the iCloud storage was under the “Manage Storage” section of iPhone. To make things easier for its users, iOS 11 has segregated the storage management into two parts: iPhone Storage and iCloud usage. Therefore, you don’t need to have a cluttered storage section.

Whenever you wish to manage your device’s internal storage, you can simply visit the “iPhone Storage” section. At the same time, you can easily manage the overall storage of your iCloud account separately. To manage your iCloud storage, follow these steps.

1. Start by visiting your phone’s Settings. From here, you need to tap on your name (located at the top of the screen). This will provide several options related to your Apple account. Just tap on the “iCloud” option.

2. This will open the storage settings of iCloud. From here, you can see how the overall storage on your iCloud account has been consumed by different apps and data files. You can also turn on/off the iCloud integration of various apps from here.

storage settings of iCloud

3. Also, you can tap on the “Manage Storage” option to get different options related to its iCloud usage. You can simply get rid of unwanted data or manage the overall storage of your iCloud account from here.

Manage Storage

Recommendations by Apple

With every update, Apple is making it easier for its users to manage their devices. Now, Apple also provides certain recommendations for its users, letting them manage their device’s storage like a pro. It includes the integration of various apps, such as photo library, iTunes music, messages, and more. In order to know more about Apple’s recommendation to manage storage, follow these steps.

1. Simply visit the iPhone Storage section on your phone (Settings > General > iPhone Storage). Here, you can see a dedicated section for “Recommendations”.

2. This will include various recommendations made by Apple, so that you can manage your device’s storage and free empty space. For instance, there would be recommendations regarding your messages, music, photos, and more.

iPhone Storage

3. Now, if you enable “iCloud Photo Library”, you will further get various options. You can empty recently deleted album from the cloud, review videos, and perform various other tasks to free more space.

iCloud Photo Library

4. After enabling the option for messages, you will get different recommendations as well. For instance, you can review large conversations, auto-delete old conversations, and perform various other tasks to empty more space.

messages

There are different kinds of recommendations related to music, unused apps, and more. You can simply visit every section individually and customize these settings to meet your requirements while getting rid of unwanted data.

Now you can easily manage the storage on your iOS device and free-up unwanted space by taking the assistance of these iOS 11 new features. This will certainly help you make the most out of your device by managing its storage. With iOS 11, you would never have to worry about the lack of storage on your device.

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