One Simple Hack To Free Up Storage On Your iPhone


We all know how frustrating it can be to find that your phone doesn’t have enough storage to take that one crucial photograph, or to download your favourite album. Usually, you would have to go through your entire photo library and delete the ones which are taking up the most space. Well no longer must you do such outdated things! A Reddit user by the name of eavesdroppingyou has found out a simple hack to get you some free storage in no time.

So, without further adieu, here is the method (in concise steps).


  1. Open up the iTunes store and find a film to rent which is too big to fit in your remaining storage. The best candidates will be long films in High Definition.
  2. Tap ‘Rent’ and you should be given an error telling you that you haven’t enough free storage for the film, along with two options: ‘OK’ or ‘Settings’.
  3. Click the ‘Settings’ option to visit your storage settings, and miraculously your iPhone will have gained some free storage. It may not be very much, but people have been reportedly gaining hundreds of megabytes of extra space. And when it comes to snapping selfies, every little bit helps.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this very instructional post, but you may be wondering ‘How exactly does this work?’. And the answer to that is not as easy as it sounds, since Apple keeps its software closed-source, meaning nobody can look inside and see what is going on. This poses some threats toward device security and privacy, but that’s for another day. The most likely rumour that has been suggested is that this shortcut simply clears the cache of apps which have not done so in a while, clearing up plenty of unused data.

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Adam Galloway
Adam Galloway
Programmer and Project Supervisor. Lover of tea and witticisms, the typical British stereotype. Adores cryptography, privacy and human rights.

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