Let go of old text messages
Are you keeping a string of texts about driving soccer carpool or obsessing over that last email fight with your ex? Are you hanging on to a message from a number you don’t recognize because you think you’ll eventually recall who it was from? It’s time to apply some common closet-cleaning principles and dump those text messages if you haven’t read them…in 30 days. Not only are they sucking up precious storage space, they’re sucking your energy too, whether you’re aware of it or not. And zapping them is easy peasy: Open up Settings and tap Messages. Scroll down until you find Message History and choose how long to Keep Messages. You’ll also have the option to delete older messages here. If you’re feeling the need to hang on to that one text from your ex, you may want to keep them for a year. But think about how great it will feel to simply let them all go! Try these tricks to use less cell phone data and lower your monthly bill.
Let iCloud optimize storage
Another way to clean up storage space on your device is to store only your latest images and video and leave the rest up in the clouds—iCloud that is. Don’t worry; your photos will be available when you need them, but without taking up valuable storage space on your phone. Here’s how: After connecting to Wi-Fi, enable iCloud Photo Library. Then in Settings tap Photos & Camera. Then select Optimize iPhone Storage. Once you do so, iCloud will automatically remove full-resolution versions of older images from your device, retaining only the most recent images. The removed images and video aren’t gone, they’re in the cloud at full resolution and can be downloaded at anytime.