The iPhone and iPad devices from Apple all come with limited amounts of hard drive space. Depending on how much money you spent when you initially purchased the device, you’ve got somewhere between 8 gigabytes and 64 gigabytes of room to play with. This may seem like a lot, but when you consider that new desktop and laptop computers typically ship with 500 gigabytes of storage or more you realize just how quickly this space can fill up. Luckily, there are always a few tricks you can employ to save up hard drive space on your iPhone or iPad without just upgrading to a bigger (and more expensive) model of your device.
1. Back up on iCloud
Apple introduced their cloud storage service, iCloud in 2011. If you bought a recent iPhone or iPad, you should have iCloud integrated on your device. You can make use of iCloud to make backups online to make room for more content on your device.
2. Stream v/s Save media
Use an Internet connection to stream videos and songs instead of downloading them. While it is tempting to take all of your favorite movies and songs with you on the go, you don’t necessarily need to if you’re in range of an Internet connection or have a data plan. Applications like Netflix for movies, Hulu Plus for television shows and Spotify for music allow you to access this content solely using your Internet connection without downloading anything to the device. Note that these services do require subscriptions, and some of them charge a monthly fee.
3. Purchase v/s Rent media
Rent movies from iTunes instead of purchasing them. Purchasing a movie or television show downloads the content directly to your device (or to your computer) permanently. Renting a movie or TV show episode only downloads the content until you view it, at which point it is deleted. Renting is also cheaper, and will save you more than just space in the long run if you’re the type of person who likes movies but will only ever watch them once.
4. Synchronize necessary files only
Only sync the content you want when you want it. The same thing goes with movies – it doesn’t make any sense to sync your entire movie collection if you only watch a particular film once every few months. Leave that content on your computer and only sync the things you plan on watching or listening to in the immediate future.
5. Make regular backup to computer
Manage the photos you take and the videos you capture. While photos don’t necessarily take up a lot of space, the high definition videos that the iPad and iPhone are capable of recording do. While it’s great to walk through our daily lives with a camera always at the ready, this content can quickly take up a lot of space that is best used for other things. Think about transferring your data regularly to your computer to avoid data from accumulating on your iDevice.