How to survive with an iPhone with only 16 gigabytes of memory

The cheapest smartphones from Apple have only 16GB of internal memory, here are some small and simple tricks to get around, in part, this problem

Apple's choice to set its cheapest iPhones with only 16GB of memory is a real nightmare for users. Most smartphones that are cheaper than Cupertino's have larger storage space. But with some simple tricks you can increase the space of the iPhone.

When you have only 16GB you have to be good at occupying it, otherwise soon the iPhone will lose power. It's a rule that applies in small apartments as well as when using a smartphone with not enough memory. It should also be remembered that Apple does not allow unlike most Android devices to use a microSD to expand the internal memory. For this reason, before complaining, getting nervous and deleting important files, let's try to put some order inside all the documents, photos and videos we have saved on the iPhone. Let's organize the space as if it were something physical to figure out what to delete and what to keep.

Organizing iPhone Memory

To figure out how to survive with a 16GB iPhone, the first step to take is to scan the installed applications. To do this we go from our iPhone to Settings, then to General, Usage and click on the Manage Space item. Here we'll get a detailed report on all the applications and files that are clogging our memory. At this point if we notice games or apps that we hardly ever use, or that we can freely do without, delete them. We can also decide to uninstall some apps and use their web versions. Think of Facebook for example. Sure the app is more convenient, but it takes up way, way too much space and it also consumes a lot of battery power. We can delete it and free GB from the iPhone.

Lower image resolution

It may seem like a nonsense but today's cameras don't help smartphones. It's true that they take incredible photos and make extremely high-quality videos, but they create increasingly heavy files for our phones. The nonsense then is that apps like Facebook and Instagram by default when we upload a photo or video they lower the resolution. For this reason, to avoid clogging our memory we can think of decreasing the resolution of vieo. Doing so is simple, let's go to Settings, then Camera and then click on Video . If it is set to 4K we could lower it to 1080p or even 720p. Unfortunately, the same operation cannot be done with the camera. But in this case we can use a third-party app like Camera +.


If photos and videos are our Achilles' heel, then we can turn to the iCloud service. iOS comes with the Optimize Space service, which allows you to save photos and videos on iCloud with maximum quality and keep them on the phone with a reduced resolution. Activating this feature is very simple. We go to the iCloud item, and then select the photos option. It will take a while before the optimization is complete. There's one problem: the free gigabytes available on Apple's cloud space are only 5, and definitely won't be enough for all your photos and videos. Luckily, this is not a very expensive service. For just over a euro a month you could increase your iCloud space to over 50GB. Or use a free solution: Flickr offers over a gigabyte.

External storage

As we said on the iPhone we can't directly insert a microSD to increase the storage space, but there are  solutions to connect an external storage. We talk about a USB flash drive. There are various models, shapes and prices. Leef iAccess for example, costs just under 50 euros. It is a microSD that can be connected to the Lightning port of the iPhone. It has an option to directly save photos taken within its memory without going through the phone's storage space, allowing it to survive even with a 16GB iPhone.

To avoid constantly keeping an accessory attached to the iPhone we can think about an external storage to connect wirelessly. For example like the Western Digital MyPassport Wireless. A solution that offers 2 terabytes of space. And allows you to back up photos, videos and documents. The only flaw? The price. It costs just under 150 euros and is certainly not comfortable to carry in your pocket. More affordable is the Ravpower Filehub, which has less storage space but also costs only 30 euros. It also doubles as a portable charger and Wi-Fi hotspot.