If you see a message that your device's storage is full, it's worth checking out a system option called Optimize Storage, which is designed to work with iCloud Photos. This feature replaces full-resolution photos on your iOS device with smaller, device-sized versions that take up a lot less storage space, and it's a great option to use with Apple's built-in storage options. Apple sells 50GB of storage for $0.99 per month, or 200GB for $2.99 per month, a fee that may be well worth it to clear up device storage space if you have a lot of photos. The following steps show you how it's done.
How to Optimize Storage on your iPhone or iPad
- Launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
- Scroll down and tap Photos.
- Make Sure iCloud Photos is toggled on.
- Tap Optimize iPhone/iPad Storage.
Once that's selected, your full-resolution photos will be automatically replaced with smaller versions that take up a lot less storage space on your device, while the full-resolution images remain off-device in iCloud.
To learn how to manage and delete videos on your iPhone or iPad, check out our dedicated how-to on the topic.