One of the messages all of us hate to see pop up on our iPhone or iPad is the one telling us we can't save something such as a photo because there isn't enough storage space available. All of the media we save from photos to videos to music and everything else all takes up room on our iPhones and iPads. Luckily, there's an easy way to figure out what exactly is taking up space on your iPhone or iPad.
Find out what's using the most space
Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
Tap on General.
Now tap on Usage.
The first section is the Storage section. Give your iPhone or iPad a minute to load everything. The more data you have, the more it has to load.
Tap into any item in the list to see more details on how much storage space it's taking up.
That's all there is to it. The usage list sorts in order of most storage used to least so you know the first few items in the list are the problem. Notice that as of iOS 7 you can also see how much space the Messages app is taking up. If you're bad about clearing your messages out or never have, this could save tremendous amounts of space. I was shocked to see I had 6 GB of messages stored on my phone. That's a lot of storage space!
Clean out your Camera Roll!
The most common culprits when it comes to storage issues are videos, with photos coming in as a close second. The problem with dumping them on your computer is that you no longer have quick access to them when you want to show them to people on your iPhone or iPad. Fortunately, that's not your only option.
Uploading your photos and videos to a storage service like Dropbox can save loads of space and still make them accessible on your device through the Dropbox app. You can even set up automatic upload so your photos are backed up to Dropbox automatically each and every time you launch it. That lets you clear out your Camera Roll in order to save space.
Dropbox isn't the only storage option when it comes to cloud storage. Take a look at our comparison to decide which one is right for your photo and video storage needs.