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macrumors regular
Original poster
Jan 10, 2013
Dear all

I have a standard iPhone 6, 16 GB version , NOT Jailbroken. I've updated to lates iOs.

I have un installed most of the "heavy" apps and have some 30+ apps "light" apps left.

Some of these apps seems to storing audio video on the phone memory and hence eating space on my iPhone. iTunes shows I have consumed approx 5 GB of space for apps, while the list Apps themselves are hardly 2GB (meaning rest is stored files, videos etc). I suspect the messaging apps most, followed by Safari etc storing content, hence cluttering the phone.

How do I clean up and free space by only deleting audio / video / photo content and NOT the app itself? I can't delete ALL messaging apps or delete all messages because there is bound to be some important ones there. so is there a smarter easier way ?

thanks in adv

Newtons Apple

Mar 12, 2014
Jacksonville, Florida
Hard to do depending on the app. Some store data internally and it is hard to get rid of the data the apps store. Hope you have learned a lesson and will get at least a 64gb model next time. 16 is just way to small.


macrumors 603
Jul 8, 2011
Never understood why Apple went with the 16GB as the base model. Should have been 32GB at minimum. The bigger the IOS and how apps are storing content, the harder it is getting for people to manage the 16GB. To me, the cloud is not the answer either. Why do I always want to have to go to the cloud to have to use or find something. Lot nicer to just have it stored right on my phone.

I use to manage a 16GB iPhone 5 years ago and that was not so bad. But as tech grows and our needs grow, so does the space we require. Plus the cost to add that extra space to a phone these days is absolute pennies for Apple.

Not intended to put you down OP, this is purely my opinion of Apple's silly way of thinking.


macrumors 68000
Jul 31, 2013
Its an age old argument about entry levels but its an entry level option for a large number of users for whom its plenty. Plenty of folk dont have bucket loads of photos, music, videos etc on their phone, dont install big apps and just use the phone to text, surf the web and use facebook or twitter!
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