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It’s that time of year again: addition iOS update is out, and it’s time to start because the upgrade. But iOS upgrades about take up a lot of room, and if you’re like me, you’ve been complacently accruing  on your phone for months. Luckily, there is a congenital band-aid for accent down what’s in your phone to make room — and you don’t have to take the blunt force access of just deleting apps or pictures en masse.

iOS updates, abnormally major ones like iOS 14, are usually in excess of several GBs, and you need to have at least that amount of room on your iPhone‘s centralized accumulator in order to auspiciously install it. The go-to band-aid if you didn’t used to be ablution your phone of apps and/or photos, possibly to reinstate them after the install. But iOS does have some accumulator options that will help you trim some fat. Here’s how to do it.

Go to the Settings app, and then go into the General settings. In this menu you’ll find “iPhone Storage.” This ambience will give you a bright breakdown of what takes up how much space in your phone, so you can see whether the culprit is your apps, your music, or your photos (or some aggregate of all three, as in my case).

This menu also gives you some options for allowance space in a hurry. Among these are the options to delete old iMessages, move your stored photos to iCloud, or to “offload unused apps.” All of these are automated solutions, acceptation they’ll free up accumulator once enabled after you having to think about it again. It’s a good band-aid if you just want free space and don’t care if old letters or apps you don’t touch abandon after a while.

Under this, you’ll see a list of your apps, broken down by the size of the space they take up. This is useful if you prefer seeing numbers to colors, or if you’ve got colorblindness that makes seeing the colors on the chart difficult to see. You can select each of the apps, and many offer you specific options on how to manage your accumulator — not all, but quite a few.


For example, before I installed the update I noticed the Podcasts app was taking up way more room than it should have (I usually listen to podcasts on Spotify now). When I opened that menu, I saw that I had several podcasts stored on my phone I no longer listened to, and was able to bound delete them. This freed up enough space for me to install iOS 14. Some audio or music apps lack this — Audible badly needs it, for archetype — but it’s very accessible in pinpointing an exact area where I could safely delete abortive stuff in order to make room.


Some of the apps offer very diminutive controls. Apple Music, for example, shows you how much data each artist you’ve purchased music from takes up, and you can delete each as you see fit. Letters lets you delete large files and accessories you’ve been sent, and any other abstracts that are still taking up space. These controls are mostly accessible in the iPhone‘s native apps, and absent in third-party apps, but they’re good to have nevertheless.