Best way to recover space from iPhone?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Mar 31, 2010
I have a 32GB iPhone 4 with less than 500MB free. Most of the space is taken up by photos and videos. Other than clearing them out, what else can I do to free up space on an iPhone?


macrumors member
Feb 23, 2012
I get rid of apps that I no longer use! Be surprised how much space some of them take up!


macrumors 6502a
Jul 22, 2008
Convert the music you keep on your phone to a lower bit rate.
iTunes gives you this option on the sync page of your device.


macrumors 6502a
Apr 24, 2010
Go to Settings>General>Usage and see what apps are taking up the most space and delete any your don't use.

My other recommendation is to use iTunes Match and only download the songs on your iPhone that you use most often, leaving the rest in the cloud. That way you take up minimal storage with music, but can always have your entire collection available when you need it.

Also, you say photos take up a lot of room. Uncheck "include videos" in iTunes under the photo tab to save some space.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 6, 2011
CA Central Coast
Take some or all of your vids and photos OFF your iPhone. You can access the photo file directly using your computer and a USB connection ...

USB connect iPhone to computer > close iTunes if it opens > open main computer where drives are listed > click on iPhone > open folders that show up until you get to DCIM ... this is where your photos and videos are stored (you may have to open another one or two folders within DCIM to find them)

Then, drag and drop your photos from the iPhone to your PC/Mac. Then delete from your iPhone those photos you transferred to your computer. Presto - instant room in your iPhone memory. Photos and ESPECIALLY videos are HUGE memory hogs.


macrumors 68020
Mar 31, 2010
Just connect your iPhone to your Mac and use iPhoto to import your photos and videos. After they are imported, it will give you the option of deleting them from the phone. If you don't have a Mac, I'm sure there are photo managers on PCs that will import as well.

You can then selectively choose which photos, albums, events, etc. that you want to add back to your phone through iTunes. iTunes will talk to iPhoto to present your options for syncing photos. It all works really well.