I tried to download an app to my iPhone yesterday and I was rudely told by my telephone that I couldn’t. I didn’t have enough space.
I’m not sure how that’s possible since the cute, peppy, teenager who sold me the phone said “Oh … you only need 32 GB. And you’ll NEVER use that up”. Pretty, little, liar.
Clearly she’s never encountered a blogger before. Because anyone who blogs, uses Instagram, Vine or listens to music knows that 32 GB really only gets you so far before your smart phone or tablet begins to cough and sputter.
ESPECIALLY if you’re in the habit of constantly downloading new apps and taking pictures of everything and anything you find remotely interesting throughout the course of the day.
Ditto for tablets.
Welcome to Day 3 of the 5 days of organizing! Making space on your tablet or smartphone.
The instructions I’m going to give you are for the iPhone and iPad, because those are what I own but I’ll describe how to do the same thing (without pictures) for the another popular smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy.
The first thing you have to do if you want to clear up some space on your iPhone is to see what’s eating it all up. Apps, music, video or photos? Or maybe all of the above.
To see exactly how much space everything is taking up go to your home screen then …
Click on Settings.
Click on General
Click on Usage
WOAH! Toooo many pictures.
For the Samsung Galaxy, go to your Home Screen. Then click Settings. Then click Storage. A list of what’s using up what space will come up including apps, pictures, videos, etc. Click on any of these items to see more information about specifics.
With either phone you’ll be able to see at a quick glance what’s eating up your storage. For me, it’s pictures. For you it might be music or videos.
So now what to do?
1. Go through your phone and manually delete all the pictures you KNOW you don’t want. The accidental foot shot, or any pictures you look ugly in … that sort of thing.
2. Once you’ve gone through your photos (and this might take a LONG time, so sit on the couch and do it while watching TV at night) you can transfer them to your computer which has more storage capacity. If your computer is also bordering on full, you can then transfer all of your pictures to an external hard drive or a stick.
3. Delete any apps you don’t use. Even if you paid for them. I have some photography apps I paid for but never, EVER use so getting rid of them won’t make me sad. Plus once an app is gone, chances are you won’t even remember what it was by the next day.
4. If you have videos on your phone or tablet that you’ve already watched get RID of them. Delete them. They are take up HUGE amounts of storage space.
5. Delete or transfer video’s you’ve taken with your iPhone camera. One of the bigger quirks of the iPhone is the fact that it’s really hard to find all of the videos you’ve shot in one place. If you click on your camera roll from your home screen, your videos and photos are all listed by the date you took them, so you have to scroll and scroll and scroll to find a specific video or picture.
If you want to see all of your videos together so you can delete them quickly here’s what you need to do.
From your home screen click Camera.
Click your photo archive at the lower left corner.
Click Camera Roll.
Now all of your photos and videos are separated.
Click on “All” to see them all …
Click on “Photos” to see only photos.
Click on “Videos” to see only videos.
All instructions are the same for an iPad.
If you’ve been following along with my Days of Organizing you have now cleaned out your closet, your fridge and your iPhone. YOU are a better human being than all those around you.
Unless you are currently sitting beside Idris Elba.
Have your own tips? Tricks? Let everyone know.
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