Use these tips to free up storage space on your phone quickly

Summer is fast approaching and you know what that means: We’ll be taking tons of photos and videos with our smartphones.

Don’t get caught up in the middle of the Kodak moment (does anyone say that anymore?) with the dreaded “out of storage” notice. Here’s how to free up some space on your phone beforehand to remember all your fun memories.

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To get started, get an idea of ​​how much storage space you have left on your phone.

On iPhone, go to Settings, General and tap iPhone Storage.

You’ll see a calculation at the top of what is taking up your space. You can also use the menu at the bottom to see which apps are taking up storage space.

Apple Podcasts are a particularly bad culprit. It is possible that you are taking up gigabytes of space on your phone without your knowledge.

Scroll down to where it says Podcasts and you can delete individual episodes by swiping right to left on them or using the Edit button to delete in bulk.

Now, back to the pictures. Before you do anything on your iPhone, keep in mind if you use iCloud, anything you delete from your phone also deletes from iCloud. Your Photos app is a mirror of your cloud storage.

Instead of manually deleting photos and videos, just go to Settings, Apple ID, iCloud, Photos and check the option under iCloud Photos labeled Optimize iPhone Storage It has been turned on. Your iPhone will automatically manage onboard storage and make sure you always have enough space for your photos if you have enough space in iCloud. I know it’s confusing at best, but it works.

One of the easiest ways to free up storage space manually on iPhone is an app called Gemini pictures.

Once downloaded, it scans your photos and categorizes them into useful categories including similar duplicates, screenshots, opacity, and more. The one you want to dive into first is the videos. You can sort all of your videos by largest, then select a few of the largest to delete. This should give you more space on your phone right away.

Gemini Photos has a free three-day trial, then plans start at $5 per month, $20 per year, or $35 for unlimited access.

Another place to find stuck photos and videos that are taking up space is the Recently Deleted folder. Keep in mind that the iPhone does not delete photos and videos immediately. It keeps in this special folder for about 30 days before it is disposed of in the trash. This way if you delete something by mistake, you can get it back.

You can empty this Recently Deleted folder manually to instantly delete these items and reclaim valuable space on your phone. Just go to Photos and Albums and scroll down until you see Recently Deleted and select it, then hit the Select button in the top right corner of the screen. This will reveal the Delete All button in the lower left corner of the screen. If you are sure that you no longer need these items, click on them and they will be gone immediately.

Google Photos An excellent way to manage storage on your phone and it works on both iPhone and Android. Once the backup is done, there is an option in the settings for “Free Up Space”. This will remove photos and videos from your phone that are safely backed up to the cloud.

Personally, I like this option better than Apple’s built-in Photos app because I know my photos are securely stored in the cloud because I can check back with the website to access my photo library. Even if you delete a photo from your phone from the Photos app, it will remain in Google Photos if it was backed up first.

You get 15 GB of free Google storage space, Extra storage space It starts at $2 per month for 100 GB.

Samsung makes it easy to see and manage what’s taking up your storage space.

Go to Settings, Battery & Device Care and tap Storage.

You can click on the videos and use the option to sort by size. Then delete only some of the largest files to free up space.

Again, please make sure that you no longer want or need these items if they are not backed up to the cloud.

Google Photos is my favorite for cloud backups, but amazon photos It is also excellent for unlimited photo storage in the cloud if you are a prime member. iDrive Photos Useful for unlimited photo and video backup at a great price of just $10 per year.

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