How to Free Up Space on the iPhone 5

There are a lot of reasons to like the iPhone 5, but the amount of storage space that it includes is not one of them.

The iPhone 5 comes in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models but, considering that many apps and videos can easily reach 1 GB in size, this space will get used up quickly.

So it is likely that you might find yourself running out of space eventually. Luckily there are a number of options available to you that will allow you to clear some space for whatever new data you want to put on your device.

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Delete Things to Free Up iPhone 5 Space

Unfortunately there isn’t a magic solution that will allow you to keep everything on your phone, while simultaneously freeing up space to install new files and apps on your iPhone 5. But you probably have some files or apps that you aren’t using anymore, so removing those can give you the necessary storage for whatever action you are looking to complete. The first thing you should do is check how much storage space you have used, as well as how much you have left. You can find this information with the following actions –

Settings -> General -> Usage

This will display a screen that looks similar to the image shown below –

iphone 5 usage screen

For a more thorough explanation of this process, you can read this article on checking your iPhone 5 storage space.

Delete Apps from the iPhone 5

There are actually a couple of different ways to delete an app on the iPhone 5. If you are still on the Usage screen from the step above, you can select an app to delete –

iphone 5 apps and space used

Then you can tap the Delete App button, then press the pop-up Delete App button to confirm your choice.

delete an app fro the iphone 5 usage screen

The alternative method is to long-press an app icon on your home screen until the apps start shaking and display an x in the top-left corner like this –

delete iphone 5 app with long press

Then you can tap the x to delete your desired app.

Delete Pictures from the iPhone 5

One helpful way to clear space is to delete pictures that you have taken with your camera. The iPhone camera is very easy to use, which makes it likely that you will find yourself taking a lot of pictures.

You can delete a picture with the following process –

Photos -> Camera Roll -> Edit -> Select your pictures -> Delete

For a more in-depth walkthrough, as well as instructions for deleting multiple pictures, you can follow the instructions in this article to delete a photo from your iPhone 5.

Delete a TV Show from the iPhone 5

Setting up your Apple ID on your iPhone 5 and attaching a payment method makes it very easy to purchase and download movies or television show episodes. But these files can be very large and, once you have watched them, you might not have a use for them again on your phone. You can follow these steps to delete them –

Settings -> General -> Usage -> Videos -> Select the desired TV show -> Edit -> Red circle icon with white dash -> Delete

If you would like more detailed instructions for this process,  you should consider following the instructions in this article to delete your TV shows from your iPhone 5 after you have finished watching them. Note that anything you purchased from the iTunes store can be re-downloaded later, so you don’t need to worry that you have wasted the money you spent purchasing these TV shows or movies.

These are far from the only options for freeing up some space on your iPhone 5, but it should give you some idea about where you should be looking.

Of course you may already have some ideas about how to manage the space on your iPhone 5, but be running out of storage space on your computer. That is a different situation but, thanks to options like 1 TB USB 3.0 external hard drives, you have a lot more options available to you when you are using a computer that has USB ports.

Now that you know how to free up space on the iPhone 5, you will be able to use one of the options on this list the next time that your storage is nearly full.

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