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7 Ways to Free Up Space for Installing iOS 9 on Your iPhone or iPad

Later this week, Apple will be releasing iOS 9 to the general public. Apple has done a great job of trimming down the required storage space for installing iOS 9 which is only 1.3GB. In comparison, iOS 8 required 4.6GB of storage space. To prepare your device for iOS 9 installation, it’s a good practice to free up some storage space. This will not only free up some much-needed space, overall user experience in iOS 9 can be improved as well. Here are some tips to free up space for iOS 9 installation on your iPhone or iPad.

Determine your storage consumption

iOS 8 Manage Storage
Before you should go deleting photos, videos and apps, you should assess where most of your used storage space has gone. Go to Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage > Storage and you will be given a detailed breakdown as to which apps and media files have claimed the most storage space. Now, you will know which apps to uninstall and files to delete.

Uninstall unused apps

iOS 8 Delete App
Many users love installing apps and games, and keeping them for collection’s sake. Before you know it, you have a plethora of apps that you hardly or don’t even use. Needless to say, apps and games occupy a good deal of your storage space. Well, it’s time to do some spring cleaning by deleting apps and games that you don’t need or use anymore. Just like that, you’ll claim a significant storage space.

Trim down your music library

iOS 8 Delete Music Library
Much like with apps and games, many users tend to keep a sizable music library on their iPhone or iPad. At the end of the day, you only end up listening to a few songs or albums. If you find yourself skipping songs or listening to a handful of them, then it’s time to trim down your music library. Delete songs or albums that you don’t listen to reclaim precious storage space. Better yet, you can switch to music streaming with services like Spotify or Apple Music.

Move your photos and videos

If you love taking photos and videos, then it won’t be long to fill up your storage space. Instead of deleting them from your device, make sure that you manually back them all up to your computer. Connect your iPhone or iPad to a computer and import all photos and videos via iTunes. You can enable the option to automatically delete the photos and videos after they are transferred.

Clear Safari’s cache and lists

iOS 8 Clear History and Website Data
Heavy internet users will likely accumulate cache files and offline reading lists which can potentially occupy a good deal of storage space. To delete your offline reading list in Safari, go to Settings > General > Manage Storage > Safari, then tap the Edit button, tap the ‘-‘ symbol beside the Offline Reading List option and tap Delete.

To clear your Safari cache, navigate to Settings > Safari and tap the Clear History and Website Data option. This will delete your cookies, history and other browsing data.

Delete old messages

iOS 8 Delete Messages
iMessages may also take a good amount of storage space on your device, especially if you don’t have the habit of deleting them once in a while. If you don’t want to delete entire conversations, you can head to Settings > Messages and tap the Keep Messages option. From here, you can choose to keep messages that are 30 days or 1 year old. Once an option is selected, iOS will automatically delete your older messages.

Perform a factory reset

iOS 8 Erase iPhone
If you don’t wish to bother will all the steps above and wish to start fresh, you can always do a factory reset. Before doing a factory reset, make sure that you backup your data via iTunes.

Do you have other ways to free up space for iOS 9 installation? Share them in the comments!

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