Expanding the iPhone memory is not as easy as with an Android smartphone. But with little tricks you can get more space for photos, apps and more.
Expanding iPhone memory: These are your options
Even before you buy your new iPhone, plan ahead and be as realistic as possible about how much memory you’re likely to need. If you later realise that you have miscalculated your memory requirements, you can only expand the memory with the help of small tricks.
- If you need a lot of storage space for music, videos or photos, it’s probably worth buying a wireless NAS hard drive. You get the hard drives with their own WLAN hotspot as well as an automatic backup. A terabyte of storage space costs around 100 euros.
- If you want to connect the storage medium directly to your iPhone, you usually need an additional Apple Lightning connection cable
- A somewhat cheaper solution to relieve the iPhone’s memory of pictures and videos is a flash drive, which is available in various sizes and price ranges. Depending on the capacity, the additional memory for the iPhone will cost you around 40 euros.
- The most attractive way to expand the smartphone’s memory is to get a protective case for the iPhone that provides built-in storage. Although this solution is the most elegant, it is also the most expensive. Depending on the storage capacity, the costs for this special protective cover range between approximately 150 and 250 euros. However, in addition to the additional memory, you also get an increased battery capacity, so that the iPhone lasts significantly longer.
- As a last resort, you can outsource your data to a cloud such as iCloud. You can get free storage space from Google or Dropbox, for example.
iOS – how to save memory
Whether your iPhone has 32 or 128 gigabytes of memory, the space is somehow never enough and often fills up in a flash. But with the help of a few handy features, you can save a lot of space on your iPhone.
- The detailed display of memory usage is helpful. You can see at a glance how much storage space is being used and quickly identify apps, videos or photos that are particularly resource-hungry.
- Over time, some apps accumulate that are hardly ever used. Simply let the operating system itself search for such apps from time to time and remove them. The data is retained and if you should need one or the other app at some point, you can quickly download it again from the Apple Store.
- Photos and videos are known to be extremely memory intensive. That’s why the iMessage is connected to the iCloud in real-time sync, so you have instant access to your videos and photos all the time. This saves you an enormous amount of storage space on your iPhone without sacrificing any.
- For free, Apple only gives you 5GB of online storage. If you want more online storage, Apple offers the iCloud+ service. You can choose between different sizes, such as 50 GB for around one euro or 2 TB for around 10 euros per month.
- In addition, the iOS offers various support for organising your pictures and videos as well as iMessage conversations. For example, you can delete the files according to a previously set schedule or display deletion suggestions.