If you have been using your iPhone or iPad for a long time, then at some point you may have wanted to remove videos and videos, or offload some apps to get some storage space. However, no one likes to delete their favorite videos or photos to free up space. Fortunately, iOS 11 introduces some handy features that help you reclaim some storage space on your iPhone and iPad without the need for a third-party app to be installed on your device.
In this article, we have compiled a list of three iOS 11 features that help you free up storage space on your iPhone and iPad. Before we begin, make sure that you are now running iOS 11 on your device. iOS 11 is still in beta stages, so it may include some bugs and errors. We recommend that you install iOS 11 beta on your secondary device, rather than your primary device.
How to free up storage space on your iPhone and iPad running iOS 11
In iOS 11, Apple has completely revamped iPhone Storage section, making it much easier for users to manage their storage. If you head to Settings > General > iPhone Storage, you will find a lot of options to help you free up storage space on your iPhone or iPad.
In addition, you will also find out how much space you have left on your iOS device and what apps or services you need to close to save some storage space under the Recommendations section.
Offload Unused Apps
With iOS 11, Apple introduces Offload Unused Apps, an exciting feature that automatically removes all apps that you have not been using for a long time, but keeps its data and documents. Offload Unused Apps feature is disabled by default in iOS 11, but you can enable it from the Settings app.
To enable Offload Unused Apps on your iPhone or iPad, head to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and tap on Enable next to Offload Unused Apps. From now on, the feature will automatically offload unused apps when you are low on storage. Once you have offloaded an app, its documents and data remain intact on your device. However, you need to re-download that app the next time you want to use it.
Messages on iCloud
Messages app for iOS 11 doesn’t include too many new features like iOS 10, but there is one new thing that is really worth your time. One such thing is Messages on iCloud, a great feature that allows you to sync all of your messages to iCloud and access them across multiple devices.
To enable Messages on iCloud feature, head to Settings > Messages > Messages on iCloud. Once you are done, your iPhone or iPad will upload messages to iCloud (This may take a while depending on how many chats and attachments you have on your device).
However, in the fifth beta of iOS 11, Apple officially removed Messages on iCloud feature for reason still unknown. According to Apple, the feature will return in a future release. Let’s wait and see.
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