ur smartphones are truly nothing short of amazing. We have these powerful computers within arm's reach, the world literally at our fingertips, and yet we mostly use them to document our lattes. That's ok. We love our lattes. But what we don't love is when we have the perfect latte in front of us, and no storage on our phone to take the perfect photo.
Imagine this: you run into a favorite celebrity and she agrees to jump into a photo with you, but when you click to take the picture, your phone is out of storage!
It’s happened to all of us. The baby walked but you couldn’t take a video. Your puppy can’t figure out stairs. Your daughter gave the cat a full makeover. All these moments relegated to the low, low place of your own memory because your phone was too full to capture them.
What's the point of even having moments if you can't document them with your phone?
Will anyone believe that you sat next to Bill Murray? Will anyone know just how cute the cat looked in the tutu and top hat? Will anyone know that your feet looked great by that pool?
To save yourself from this miserable scenario, here are some tips to free up space on your phone:
1. Delete old texts.
They’re not all winners. You don’t need to keep that conversation you had with your husband from two separate bathrooms that was mostly emojis and GIFs. It’s been a year, you no longer need the play by play of your friend’s wait in her dentist’s office. Purge with abandon.
2. Make sure you update your operating system.
In versions of iOS 10 or higher, users can now delete many of the pre-installed apps that no one ever uses. Precious storage real estate is taken up by the Stocks and Compass apps. According to Apple, removing these doesn’t free up space because they are designed to be very small. But are we going to trust the people who purposely designed our batteries to fail so that we’d buy new phones after 2 years? No thank you. Buh-bye, Stocks.
3. Did you know that they make plug-in external storage drives for phones?
Like a USB drive, these little devices can pack a powerful storage punch. You can download personal items like photos, videos, and music that you own. However, do to copyright protections, you can not use them to download music from Spotify or large games, or movies that you’ve downloaded from Netflix.