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How to Get More Space for Mobile Without Deleting Anything

Myra updated on Nov 28, 2022 | Home > iOS & Mac Topics

Does your phone always seem to be running out of memory? Even though you stick to cleaning your files and apps on your phone at regular intervals, there always seems to be a memory shortage. Today we will talk about how to get more space on your phone without deleting anything.

When your phone storage is insufficient, batch-deleting images, apps, and other data is typically the preferred solution. But how can you increase your phone's available memory without deleting anything you might need afterward? Here are a few ways.

Given the iOS and Android mobile operating systems, let's discuss the solutions for these two types separately. 

Part 1. How to Get More Space on Your Phone Without Deleting Anything (for iOS)

Phones can hold a lot of films, music, programs, photographs, and documents, and memory is limited. iPhone has been the first choice of mobile for many people due to its excellent performance and outstanding camera features. Thus let's start with the first cloud storage service, iCloud.

Method 1. Back up your photos with iCloud

In most cases, media files account for the largest share of the storage on iPhones, with photos ranking first. If you want to free up your memory, especially for photos, then follow the steps below.

Step 1. Go to Settings.

Settings of iPhone

Step 2. Open the profile menu and then select iCloud.

Select iCloud

Step 3. Go to Photos.

Go to Photos

Step 4. Enable iCloud Photos and select Optimize iPhone Storage.

Enable iCloud Photos and select Optimize iPhone Storage

If you store your photos on iCloud, you can download them in full-resolution versions at this cloud-based platform anytime. 

Method 2. Use Google Photos or Onedrive to store your photos

If you don't use iCloud frequently, you may want to try other cloud storage services, such as Google Photos or Onedrive. They are available to download on Apple Store. Both two apps are effective cloud-based choices for storage.

In terms of storage options, OneDrive beats Google Photos because it supports more file formats. You can store over 300 types of files on OneDrive, such as movies, documents, photos, and other files. While Google Photos mainly store media files, like photos and videos. Once you upload all the files to Google Photos or OneDrive, you can manually delete them from your phone to expand your memory.

Part 2. How to Get More Space on Your Phone Without Deleting Anything (for Android)

Android phones are still an excellent choice for people, and they can be compatible with various apps and programs. Compared with iPhone, Android has an advantage over iPhone in terms of universal chargers, open source, and app market. First, we will introduce the easiest way to get more space on your phone - clear the cache to expand the storage.

Method 1. Clear the cache to expand the storage

The cache is a small data file saved on your phone to improve the app's performance for a better user experience. And some apps accumulate an amount of cache over time, accounting for much space on your phone. Clearing the cache of apps is the most direct and fast way to expand memory without any deletion. 

Let's take Instagram as an example.

Step 1. Long press the Instagram icon and open the info menu.

Long press the Instagram

Step 2. Click Storage.

Click Storage

Step 3. Select Clear cache.

Select Clear cache

Note: In every app, the location of the cache files may be different, but take a moment to find it out, and you will get more space for your phone.

Method 2. Transfer data on your phone to your PC

If you simply want to move a few photos or small documents to your computer, you can transfer them by email with ease. When your phone storage is critically low and you need to obtain much storage once and for all, you can transfer plenty of files, photos, and videos on your phone to your computer. If so, follow the instructions below:

Step 1. Connect your phone to the computer via a USB cable.

Step 2. Tap the Charging this device via USB notification on your phone.

Step 3. Select File Transfer under Use USB for.

Step 4. A file transfer window will pop up on your computer, and then you can drag files to transfer.

Step 5. When you're done, eject your phone from the computer and unplug the USB cable.

In this way, you can efficiently expand your phone storage, and in general, running out of memory will not occur in the short term.


Having free capacity on your phone is crucial to add new stuff without removing everything already there. We have provided you with two practical approaches for Android phones and iPhones in terms of insufficient memory, so you can use some of them if you run out of room. Furthermore, cloud storage services are used for iPhones and Android phones. And clearing cache files and transferring data to a computer are also achievable for iPhone. 


If you have questions about your phone storage, you may check the commonly asked questions below.

1. Does full storage affect the performance of Android?

Yes, this is because your phone requires a little bit of free storage space to function. 

2. Can we increase the internal storage of mobile?

You can transfer apps to an SD card to increase your phone's memory. 

3. What is taking up all my storage?

Open the Settings screen and tap Storage. You can view the amount of storage used by various files, including cached data, downloads, images, videos, audio files, and other files.



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