If you've been using the iPhone for a while, it's normal for it to start slowing down. Which makes us think of switching with a new one, but the problem may be simple, and the solution is just to free up some of your storage space. By this we do not mean deleting photos, videos, etc., but what we mean is the “other” storage space of your iPhone.
What is the storage space of the other iPhone?
What we mean by “other” storage is something obscure where things like system files and Siri sounds can be stored, as well as caching, where items from apps or websites are cached so that they load faster the next time you use them. The cache collects items while you browse the web, stream videos or movies, and when you send text messages with photos or videos. And in apps like Google Maps and Chrome, the cached data can start eating up the available storage space on the iPhone.
To check how much space other storage is taking up, you'll need to go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage. Wait seconds to calculate the space, you will see a bar graph of the categories that are taking up the storage space of the iPhone. The other storage section is usually the gray part at the far right of the graph.
Assuming your other storage is taking up more space than it should be, here are some things you can do that might help you free up space and thus speed up your phone.
Not to be confused with deleting an app, unpacking the app means removing it from your device, but all data is preserved, when you decide to reinstall it. Take advantage of this method, especially if you have apps like Google Maps that use a lot of space but don't store a lot of data, and especially if you only use it when traveling. To unpack an app, go to Settings - General, iPhone Storage, tap the app you want to unload, and then Offload.
Advice: In the iPhone storage section, there is a list of applications with a number next to each name indicating the storage space it uses. You can instantly get an overview of which apps are using up or little memory. This will help you decide what you want to dump.
Clear Safari's cache and close tabs
If you use Safari a lot, your iPhone may store web history and data that you don't need. To clear Safari's cache, go to Settings > Safari and then Clear History and Website Data. And if you are a Chrome browser user, here is how to clear the cache on it.
Closing tabs also helps free up storage space and keeps your device running smoothly. You can manage how often Safari closes open tabs by going to Settings > Safari > Close Tabs. You can continue to close tabs manually, or allow Safari to close tabs that haven't been shown for a day, a week, or a month.
Stop storing messages forever
By default, your iPhone stores all text messages you send and receive forever. This is convenient if you need to find a conversation that is a year or even two years old, but not very useful if you need to free up your storage space. To prevent your phone from saving texts indefinitely, open Settings and tap Messages, scroll down until you find Message History and tap Keep Messages, and change Forever to 30 days or XNUMX year. A popup will ask you if you want to delete old messages; Click Delete to continue.
This is a sure way to empty a lot of junk, which is in the other volume, even if you can't empty it completely.