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Starting with iOS 11, Apple began offering a new feature that provides suggestions on how you can save space on your iOS device. These built-in space-saving suggestions, which can be found in the Settings app, can help you free up space on your iPhone when storage space is running low.

Toggling on Space Saving Suggestions

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on "General."
  3. Choose "iPhone Storage."
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  4. Tap "Enable" on any of the suggestions Apple provides to turn them on.
Offload Unused Apps

One of Apple's suggestions is to automatically delete unused apps when the storage space on your device is low. If you enable this feature, Apple will delete apps you don't use often, while saving the documents and data so you can download them again and pick right back up where you were if necessary.

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You can also offload individual apps by selecting them from the list of apps located just below all of Apple's suggestions.

Auto Delete Old Conversations

With "Auto Delete Old Conversations" enabled, Apple will automatically delete all messages and attachments that were sent over a year ago. This can save significant space, but be aware that once gone, there's no getting those messages back.

Review Large Attachments

The "Review Large Attachments" feature lets you see a list of the largest files on your device, located in Photos, Mail, and Messages. A tap will let you view a file up close, and a swipe to the left on an item in the file list will bring up an option to delete it. You can mass delete files by tapping on the "Edit" button in the upper right corner of the device.

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Along with these three options for storing space, the Storage section of the Settings app also displays all of the apps you have installed, with the app using the most storage space at the top. It also lets you know how long ago the app was last used, making it easy to cull items that aren't used often.

Depending on what's installed on your device, you may or may not see all of these storage options, but if you're getting low on space, they should appear.

Article Link: How to Save Space Using Built-In iOS Storage Features
 
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flowsy

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Deleted the News-App that is only available as a widget in Germany. Not finding it in the AppStore to reinstall. Gone for good as it seems.
 

ArtOfWarfare

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Offloading your apps sounds risky to me. It ends with "if the app is still available in the App Store" - not sure about you guys, but when MacRumors tells me something will likely be remove from the App Store, I jump on it.

IE, I have Floppy Cloud on my iPhone, the app that has a secret NES emulator in it - just put an NES ROM in Dropbox and the app will load up and run the game. I also have a "flashlight app" on my iPhone that actually enables tethering without paying your carrier.
 

JamesIV

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Offloading your apps sounds risky to me. It ends with "if the app is still available in the App Store" - not sure about you guys, but when MacRumors tells me something will likely be remove from the App Store, I jump on it.

IE, I have Floppy Cloud on my iPhone, the app that has a secret NES emulator in it - just put an NES ROM in Dropbox and the app will load up and run the game. I also have a "flashlight app" on my iPhone that actually enables tethering without paying your carrier.

Apple doesn't force the removal from your phone if the app is banned?
 

MrMister111

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On remove large attachments does it just remove it from the message app, eg if it'd a photo or video I've sent does it remove it from the message app only and not the actual photo/video that's in my iCloud photo library?

If so this is great as I've got 6Gb in messages, I know I could just delete the conversation but don't want to, but the media I'm happy to
 

k.alexander

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I don't understand why my System says 6GB while some friends report just 1GB. What's going on?

I'm currious about the the System entry as well. Mine hangs around 7GB on iPhone 6/16gb, it's around 9-9.5GB on my 6S/64gb, and is somewhere in the 4-6GB range on my iPad Pro 12.9 1st gen 128GB. But some other phones don't have that entry at all. I'd really like to get to the bottom of this.
 

Scottsoapbox

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Offload apps sounds very cool, but I'll wait and see how it goes for others before I trust it works. Apple doesn't have the best track record for cloud services working 100% right after launch.
 

macduke

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It's also worth noting that iMessages in the cloud will be coming back (beta feature) with an update to iOS 11 at some point. Though I'd be fine with an option to keep messages for three months. One month is too short in case I need to reference something my wife sent me in search, but a year is too long.

Offloading your apps sounds risky to me. It ends with "if the app is still available in the App Store" - not sure about you guys, but when MacRumors tells me something will likely be remove from the App Store, I jump on it.

IE, I have Floppy Cloud on my iPhone, the app that has a secret NES emulator in it - just put an NES ROM in Dropbox and the app will load up and run the game. I also have a "flashlight app" on my iPhone that actually enables tethering without paying your carrier.

You can make copies of these apps in iTunes. I think. Though didn't they recently remove the App Store from iTunes? I just realized I haven't synced my iPhone to iTunes in years so I have no idea how it works any more, lol.

Apple doesn't force the removal from your phone if the app is banned?

The concern is that once the app is "removed" from your device using this feature (not using the app in a long time), it won't automatically come back if you tap on it because it's not in the app store.
 
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greekappi

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Deleting large attachments in Messages app doesn’t work for me. Firstly, I have to select them all individually (why Apple) instead of being able to select all. Then why I finally do and hit delete, it appears to do it, but when I back out of the screen it doesn’t say that any space has been freed up and when I go back in all the attachments are back!

Bug?
 

MrMister111

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Deleting large attachments in Messages app doesn’t work for me. Firstly, I have to select them all individually (why Apple) instead of being able to select all. Then why I finally do and hit delete, it appears to do it, but when I back out of the screen it doesn’t say that any space has been freed up and when I go back in all the attachments are back!

Bug?

Should this only delete the attachment in the message, and not from the photo library?
 

Allards

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Offloading is great, and it also seems to separates App Data from the Binary; don't know if this is new due to this? But I love it!

But I recently had to Wipe and restore my iPad from iCloud backup.

Since the App data is separated from the App Binary all Apps just worked as I had them setup previously even hard ones as online banking worked without having to set them up again!
 

twolf2919

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While I was in the public beta, I saw the "Recommendations" section under Settings->General->Iphone Storage. But now that I have the final version of iOS 11, I don't - and my wife (who was never in the beta) doesn't see it either?!

Anyway, both of us have 16gb iPhone 6 and our category picture never looks like all these web sites swooning over the new chart - ours is mostly "Other" - our "System" category takes up 8.5gb!! And none of the web sites detailing how to 'free up space like a pro' says a peep about how to reduce that 'System' category. I know for a fact that base iOS 11 doesn't take up 8.5gb - there must be caches, logs, whatever that could be cleared. Anyone have any ideas on what we could try (short of factory reset)?

A couple things I already do:
- Disable "iCloud Photo Library" for a few minutes and then enable it again - that sometimes frees up a lot of storage (I'm guessing because some caches get cleared and, obviously, some low-grade images are no longer kept on the phone).
- Prune all old conversations in iMessage (especially those with photos). One of the storage recommendations allowed you to do pruning there (including deleting attachments) but like I said, we don't see the recommendations anymore.

Are there any other ways to affect the "System" category?

Any suggestions are much appreciated,
Tom
 
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MrMister111

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Yes, this is only to clear up space associated with each app, so getting rid of the image/video/pdf attachments in Messages will not remove them from the photo library.

Thanks, that's brilliant then! Great addition to iOS.

I'm off to do a purge then as maybe going from a 128Gb to a 64Gb I need to save a lot.....
 

twolf2919

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Should this only delete the attachment in the message, and not from the photo library?
Photos in Messages have nothing to do with Photo Library. To save them to Photo Library, you actually have to tap the image and select "Save to Photo Library". I found that out some time ago after deleting a conversation (to conserve space of course) with my daughter in which she had sent me a few images I had wanted to keep.
 

MrMister111

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Photos in Messages have nothing to do with Photo Library. To save them to Photo Library, you actually have to tap the image and select "Save to Photo Library". I found that out some time ago after deleting a conversation (to conserve space of course) with my daughter in which she had sent me a few images I had wanted to keep.

What I meant is that the photos in the messages, attachments, are mostly starched from my photo library. That's why I was unsure if deleting them via this process I'd delete the actual photo.
 
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