Irrespective of how often you backup your iPhone contents or how careful you are about deleting the junk and redundant files off your phone, you would often find yourself struggling with the available free space. Well, this could be clearly due to the iPhone being designed in a way to backup all multimedia files secretly in its hidden galleries within the Messages app.
Yes, though it may come as a surprise to you, iPhone indeed creates copies of all your multimedia files including attachments that you send or receive in your app. While in this way it attempts to save copies for you, just in case you lose or misplace one; in reality, this also clogs your available space in the device thereby prompting you to clear space more often than you may wish it to.
If you’ve been facing this issue lately, here’s what you could do to fix this problem. No, you don’t need to be a geek to be able to find the hidden spaces and erase the contents – following the simple tricks below you can easily get your job done.
To check if Messages is indeed eating up a lot of your storage space, access the following location:
- Go to the General option in Settings and tap on Storage & iCloud Usage.
- Therein, tap on the Manage Storage.
Here, you can view the space that Messages has occupied. If it is occupying the most space on your device, free up some of it by applying the steps below:
- Go to your Messages app and open any current message thread.
- Tap on the Details option in the top right.
- Scroll to the View your Attachments option.
- Tap on this option and hold it be able to see the sub-options: Copy, Delete, More.
- Tap on Delete to erase the attachments and free up space.
You could also opt to delete multiple files all in one go. To be able to do it, tap on the ‘More’ option in place of Delete and select all the attachments you wish to remove from the app’s memory. Once you have done it, tap on Delete and you will be able to see lots of free space on your device.
Wasn’t that easy? Replicate the steps now and enjoy free space to share more images, videos and other file attachments. And, should you feel cramped again, you know already what you need to do…