Why Is My iPhone Storage Full? (And What Can I Do About It?)

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I love my iPhone. It’s not only a great phone, but a great texter, video- and photo-taker and -viewer, gaming device, and so much more. But all that wonderfulness has a silicon ceiling: storage capacity. If you’ve ever seen regular messages with variations of iPhone storage full, you know what I mean. Apple offers a variety of options for iPhone memory capacity, but show me the biggest iPhone SSD out there (like my iPhone 6s+ with 128 GB of storage) and I’ll show you a way to fill it, fast. How?

iPhone’s Worst Space Hogs:

  1. Photos & Camera
  2. Videos
  3. Music
  4. Messages (especially if you send/receive a lot of photo and video messages)
  5. Games
  6. Other Apps
My wife's iPhone Storage
My wife’s iPhone, starting to feel the effects of limited storage (wow — she really loves her music!). This is fairly typical of others in an informal survey.

Tip: You can see what’s stored (and where) on your iPhone by opening Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage.

iPhones Are Chock Full o’ Pictures

Like other smart phone users, those of us with iPhones like to take a ton of pictures. But apparently we’re even more snappy than most: a 2015 study showed that iPhone users took an average of 250 photos per month — 65% more than the average Android user. That leaves a lot to be managed (not to mention a quickly growing backlog).

I don’t know about you, but as much as I love my photos, I find deleting the ones I don’t want using Apple’s Photos app to be monotonous and time-consuming. I’m not alone; do a web search, and most suggestions on the internet for avoiding iPhone storage full are to delete your Messages instead. But I find those precious too — especially if there are pictures in there I want to keep. (And in a few months, I’d have to go back and decide what to delete again.)

Fortunately, there’s a long-term fix for this. Even better: you’ll be able to manage the storage and protection of your photos on any or all of your devices — not just your iPhone. The solution? An app called Mylio.

Mylio Saves the Day (Or At Least the Storage)

Mylio is platform agnostic, meaning it can run on iOS, Mac OS X, Android and Windows devices, and communicate between all of them. Mylio merges all your photos from all your devices into a single library, then automatically replicates them to your devices over your local WiFi network so every device has every picture. Doesn’t that also blow up your storage? You’d think so, but no: you can choose one or more locations to store copies of your ultra-crisp and super-huge original files (like a computer, or external hard disc drives), while your other devices get files sized to fit in the space available.

Boom! Space saved, originals protected, all without taking any action other than installing an app and connecting it to your camera rolls. (And if you want to go in and delete stuff, you can now do it from any device at any time, then choose whether you want it gone from every device, or just the one).

Step by step guide to getting iPhone storage full under control with Mylio:

What you need:

  • Your desktop/laptop computer (plug it in!)
  • A new or empty USB hard drive with cable to connect to your computer
  • Your iPhone (fully charged or plug it in!)

Let’s do this!

  1. On your computer, download the latest version of Mylio for your operating system.
  2. Install Mylio, then open it. (Learn more).
  3. Register for a FREE Mylio account.
  4. You’ll be prompted to add photos from your computer. You can do this now, or you can skip that step and add them later.
  5. On your iPhone, go to the App Store and download the FREE Mylio App.
  6. Open the iPhone App and sign in with the same account you just created.
  7. Allow Mylio to import the photos from your Camera Roll. (Learn more).
  8. Make sure your computer and iPhone are both running Mylio, and joined to the same WiFi network. You’ll start seeing photos from your iPhone Camera Roll showing up on your computer.
  9. To protect your originals, I recommend connecting your USB device to your computer while Mylio is running. You should see a prompt that asks you if you want to set this drive up as a protection device. Click yes, and copies of your original files will start populating USB drive.
  10. Once your first full sync is finished, and you get the green protection symbol in the upper left hand corner of the app, you can do what most people would consider unthinkable – Delete all the images in your iPhone Camera Roll. I know that sound scary but remember: all your originals are now safely duplicated on your computer and USB drive, while your Mylio App has sized the same files to fit your iPhone. Everything in your Camera Roll is now a duplicate, and unnecessary. (Learn more).
  11. Now you come to the mystery part of your iPhone storage — you’ve deleted everything on your Camera Roll, but your storage doesn’t seem to have changed. Why? Because Apple wants to be sure you really, really mean to delete all those photos — so they’re gone from sight, but are still hanging out in a ‘Recently Deleted’ folder. To completely free up the space, you’ll need to clear this too. To do so, switch to Album view in the app, then scroll down — you’ll see ‘Recently Deleted’ at or near the bottom. Open it, tap ‘Select’ in the upper right hand corner,  then tap ‘Delete All’ in the lower left hand corner. Presto! Free space!

Tip: The first time you sync devices, it’s recommended you leave both your computer and phone plugged in, turned on, and with Mylio open until the first sync completes. This will ensure that all your images are correctly stored and memory is used efficiently.

Mylio is now the place you can go to view, edit, organize, and share your photos, while you have space on your iPhone to keep taking more. Make sure you open Mylio regularly, and you can clear your Camera Roll, keep your originals protected, and say goodbye to iPhone storage full messages.

Mylio does so much more than save you space on your iPhone — it’s like a Swiss Army Knife for photo management. So check out the website for information on all the features.