iPhone Storage Full?  Try this quick fix to solve your problem.

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Is your phone running out of space to hold pictures?  This article will show you quick tips on how to solve this problem.

I was talking to a buddy the other day and I told him I would show him some tips on how to stop having this problem.  He replied "Apple 101."  I laughed because he knows I'm a 'tech guy' and this kind of stuff he just wants to know what the answer is to the problem.  I promised I would oblige him.

First off, your iPhone is most likely storing hundreds, if not thousands of pictures.  If you're like my buddy and the phone dies and there was never a backup made, you're basically S.O.L.  But if you want to put in preventative measures that will ensure you never lose a photo from data loss again, then I recommend you do the following...and the cost is negligible if your photos are priceless to you.

Go to your iPhone


Click your name (Apple ID, iCloud, iTunes, etc)



Change Storage Plan

Select 50GB for $0.99 a month.

Confirm the changes.

Then go back to Settings

Photos & Camera

iCloud Photo Library > Toggle ON

Check Optimize iPhone Storage

Upload My Photo Stream > Toggle OFF

iCloud Photo Sharing > Toggle ON

What did you just do?

Well, you bought iCloud storage from Apple.  Basically, each new photo you take will eventually be uploaded to the cloud.  This happens usually when you get home and are connected to WiFi.  It knows to do this automatically for you.

Why is this better?

The phone itself will not be used as a photo storage device anymore.  You will be able to still view, share, and manage your photos as normal.  Deleting a photo is essentially the same thing because now you're going to be deleting it from the cloud instead of your phone.  But having 50GB of cloud space shouldn't run out of space too soon...unless you have grandchildren, am I right?

Additionally, if you have a Mac, you can save physical copies of the photos on there.  You don't need iTunes.  Just open Photos on your Mac

Go to Preferences


iCloud Photo Libary > Check this box

Download Originals to this Mac

My Photo Stream > turn this off

iCloud Photo Sharing > Check this box

What did you just do here?

If you're a person who likes that peace of mind by having the physical copies of the photo saved somewhere, then the best place to do that is on your Mac, where there shouldn't be space issues because Macs nowadays have more space than an iPhone.

Anything else?

Nope, not really.  You will see a bill for $0.99 a month, so don't be alarmed that your kid or you inadvertently bought some recurring subscription you didn't know about.  If you have any questions or additional information please leave me a comment below.  Endorsing this article shows others this is good content.  Thanks for reading!


Author:Kyle Santos
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