One of the enjoyable parts of purchasing a new smartphone is the responsiveness and speed of the device. Gradually though, all phones tend to slow down. If you notice that your iPad or iPhone 10 is exhibiting a bit of lag, this post will help you fix the problem.
All default and installed apps on your smartphone store data on the device. Some only use all portions of the memory space while other apps hoard significant memory portions. In this blog post, we will understand how to free up space on your smartphone by deleting unnecessary files which will boost the overall performance of your iPhone 10.
Some devices might need routine maintenance. You don’t have to worry about this as the process highlighted below won’t have to be carried out often.
How to Delete Safari Cache in iOS 11 (iPhone & iPad)
If Safari is your default browser for surfing the internet, there is a huge chance that this native iOS app will eat up a lot of space, more than is required for it to function. Once you wipe the Safari browser cache, all websites you are logged in to will be logged out.
- Turn on your device and launch Settings
- Scroll down and click on Safari (should be located between Compass & News)
- Navigate downwards and click on “Clear History and Website Data.”
- Tap the “Clear History and Data” option
How to Offload Unused Apps on iOS 11 (iPhone & iPad)
Apps occupy memory space, and there are apps on your smartphone that you rarely use which still eat up tons of memory space. The instructions below will help you identify which apps is consuming memory space and how you can delete them on a temporary basis. You will still be able to save all data and files on the App.
This process is called Offloading apps. It represents a natural way to save space on your smartphone.
After re-installing these apps, you will notice that their size will be smaller compared to the original copy. A clean reinstallation for space-consuming apps can potentially free up tons of space.
- Turn on your iPhone 10 and launch the Settings app
- Slide down to click on General
- Click on iPhone Storage
- Scroll down till you reach the List of Apps: they are listed in order of storage size. You should come across apps like Podcast Players, Photos, Messages, and Media Players that contain large files
- Select an app that you don’t regularly use which is eating up tons of space. Any app exceeding the 100MB mark is worth investigating
- Click on the app
- Select “Offload App” or delete the app if you are my interested in re-installing it
Whenever you need to use the app, reinstall it from the App Store where all of the app’s data and documents will accompany it as well.
Saving Space on iPhone 10 Recommendations
A useful feature on iOS 11 is granting your iPhone 10 the ability to automatically recommend options through which you can safely space regarding installed apps.
Offload Unused Apps
Enabling this feature means your phone will automatically offload unused apps when you’re low on storage. Documents and data will still be saved. So if you’re concerned about space on your iPhone 10, this is a great option. The recommendation informs you of how much space you’ll save.
Delete Old Conversations Automatically on Messages
When the Auto Delete feature is enabled, text messages that have not been attended to in the past twelve months will be deleted, including media attachments. We all know how much space those can take. Again, the recommendation notifies you of the amount of space that will be freed up once the Auto Delete feature is enabled.
This will most likely improve your habit of saving videos and pictures sent to you via iMessage if you want to keep them on your iPhone 10 forever.
Review Large Attachments
Through this method, you can select which attachments you want to delete from your smartphone by yourself. When you click on this feature, you will access a list of media file attachments saved on your iPhone 10 in chronological order of size. Check out some of the ones you can do without from the top and swipe left to delete them.
Restart iPhone 10 to Increase Free Memory
iOS 11 does a decent job of managing memory on the iPhone 10. The trick involved is that some of these functionalities only run when your device has been shut down and turned back on. So if your phone has been on for a while now, you know what to do.
You can restart your iPhone by following the steps below.
- Long press the Sleep/Wake button located at the top right side of the iPhone 10
- Swipe the slider down to Power Off the device
- The iPhone 10 will then turn off
- Long press the Sleep/Wake button to turn the smartphone on
How to Delete the App Cache on the iPhone 10
Finally, we are about to learn how to clear the cache that eats up space in your iCloud account. There is a difference between the instructions for the iCloud and other physical devices because of storage space on the iCloud works a little differently.
If your iCloud account storage space is full, then follow the instructions highlighted below.
- Launch the Settings menu
- Tap the icon with your name at the top of the screen
- Click on iCloud
- Tap the Manage Storage option
- You can then select an app that is occupying too much space on iCloud
There are many options to choose from here. If you click on Delete Documents and Data for a particular application, all app data will be wiped from iCloud for that app, and it cannot be recovered.
If you are confused by this process, then take your time. If you feel the app is important to you, then do not click on Delete Documents and Data. But if the reverse is the case, then you should delete the app.
At the bottom of the screen, you might encounter a section titled Documents & Data. If you find some files under this section, you can delete them independently by swiping left. Confirm the deletion afterward.
You should only clear the data if you are sure you do need any information about the app which might include passwords, usernames, settings, game progress, files, and preferences.
Freeing up space on your phone won’t fix all lag issues. Sometimes, your phone is just getting old and showcasing expected signs. It could also mean there is a more pertinent issue that needs to be dealt with.
If after completing the steps above, your iPhone 10 is still slow, you need to make an appointment at the closest Apple Store. Be sure to back up your phone before visiting.