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Managing iOS Storage Limits

With many still using older 16GB iOS devices, and photo libraries growing all the time, many people are experiencing storage issues. Many more people visit our stores unable to be back-up to iCloud due to a lack of available space, this post aims help you to make the most of the space available on your device. 




iCloud is an Apple service designed to make backing up what’s important to you, so easy, that you don’t have to think about it. When plugged in and connected to the Internet via WiFi, iOS devices will back-up everything on them automatically at night whilst you sleep. No need to remember to do anything, and all your data is totally safe! However, the default 5GB storage plan is often not large enough to allow this to happen, especially if you have several Apple gadgets.



We recommend the 50GB plan for most users, and it only costs 79p per month. There’s no contracts or minimum terms - you can cancel at any time and, best of all, if your card details are already stored in iTunes, then there’s no extra details to enter! This storage is available across all your iOS devices, and means that all but the most intensive users should have ample space to back-up their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.



To view and upgrade your available iCloud storage, simply head into Settings > iCloud > Storage > Change Storage Plan from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. 



Music Streaming & Photo Storage Services

Given that many of us use our iPhones to store our entire iTunes library in our pockets, it’s easy to see how quickly 16GB devices can run out of space.  With the recent roll-out of Apple Music, you will need an active data connection unless you save songs for offline playback. The space-saving benefits are hugely useful in lower-capacity devices. Most services such as Apple Music, as well as Spotify or Deezer, offer a free trial, so you can see if it works for you without shelling out anything initially. 



Photos and videos are also major space hogs, so consider uploading them to a service such as Flickr or Google Photos to keep them safe online. You can then delete your originals and download them again if needed. iCloud can automatically keep your photos backed-up and synced across all your devices, which is a neat built-in way of keeping your holiday snaps from taking over your phone’s memory.



Only Keep Relevant/Necessary Apps/Games

It goes without saying that our devices could use a spring clean every now and then. Consider deleting games and apps that you no longer use, as they can always be freely downloaded again from the App Store at any time.


Hopefully, these tips will help you make the most of your iOS device’s internal storage and possibly even open up new ways of using your device!


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