If you use a 16gb iPhone then you’re probably familiar with this popup. Annoying as it gets, there’s really nothing you can do about it; you love those beautiful selfies and God knows you’re not taking down TLOP for some stupid extra megabytes. You’ve probably sworn countless times to get a larger capacity iPhone but when the time comes, they’re just too pricey.
Thankfully, an editor at Reddit found out a hack that frees up as much as 2/3gb on your Apple device without you having to delete any App, song or photo. Isn’t that something?
First, check how much space you have left on your device. You can do this by clicking "Settings" --> "General" --> "Storage & iCloud Usage".
Here’s where the trick starts.
Go to the movies section of the iTunes store , if you can't find this section just at the bottom of your screen, you will have to change your store location to the United States'. After that, pick a big file to rent – one that's bigger than the amount of space you have left on your phone. Don't worry, you won't have to pay for it (so long as the file is actually big enough).
Click on "Rent" and you will get a notification telling you there isn't enough space on your device to download the film. You'll get a choice to then press "OK" or "Settings".
Click on "Settings" to view your available storage again, and lo and behold, you'll see it's increased.
That's because your iPhone has automatically cleared superfluous junk like cookies, histories and other data from your apps in an attempt to make space for the film. Think of it like a spring clean for your phone.
We tried the trick on an iPhone 6 with Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (a 6GB file), and watched the available storage increase from 130MB to 830MB the first time around. After a second sweep the capacity was beefed up again to 1.5GB.
Waiting for a bit longer before hitting "Settings" on the prompt also appears to result in a more thorough clean.
You can do this multiple times to free up more space... So there you have it, you don’t need to delete those jams after all.