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A small trick how to free up few gigabytes of space on your iPhone

If you have an iPhone that is constantly complaining that it doesn’t have available storage space, you can perform various actions to free up some space, but today I will tell you another trick. It has recently appeared on the Internet and is very simple. There are people who have managed to free up few gigabytes of space after applying this method.


I saw this trick a few days ago on the Internet, but firstly wanted to test it by myself. Without testing I couldn’t say for sure that it is working, so I grabbed my iPhone 5s and started to test whether this trick was credible.

Free up some space when trying to download movie from iTunes

It may seem counterintuitive, but actually who discovered this wonderful trick was trying to download a movie and received a message that the available space was smaller than the size of the movie. However, he continued the action until he managed to free up few gigabytes of space.

So, here is what you have to do to free up some space on your iPhone:

Step 1: Go to Settings > General and About. Now see the available space you have on your iPhone. It can be found in the field “Available”.


Step 2: Launch the iTunes Store app, go to the movies section and look for a large movie. Everyone is using the “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.”, because it is long movie and big in terms of size. It requires about 8 GB of free space, so it will force an iPhone to make room for it. Basically it can be any film, however its size should be larger than the available free space on your iPhone.

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Once we found the movie, we will need to rent it. Of course the idea is not to spend money on movie and do not worry you will not need to spend any cent, since when you try to rent the movie which size is bigger than available space on your iPhone the operation will be canceled and you will not pay anything.

Step 3: Since the iPhone doesn’t have required space, iTunes will display a warning message. At that time, we tap on Settings options provided in the warning message. Afterwards navigate to General > About. And now check the space that is available now. Yes, you can get even more!


If you look on the images above, only on this action I was able to free up 400 Mb of space. Continuing to do this sequence of actions, we can get a lot more space. However, it differs from system to system. Some have achieved several gigabytes, while I just managed to get 1.2 GB of free space.

How do we manage to get that space?

According to what has been said, and something that is already known from other actions in the past, Apple’s apps are trying to get more space by cleaning the temporary files that are stored on the iPhone. Files that result from normal program activities and some operating system updates.

Do not worry, it is not something illegal or iOS is secretly removing your personal files, no. Probably just clearing some caches that you cannot manually clear.


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