Out of memory!
We’ve been there: we need our phone, but then . . . something happens.
If we don’t purchase a new iPhone each year, we may sooner or later receive the dreaded iPhone Memory Error. And then the trouble-shooting starts. Sure, we can delete some apps, but what if that isn’t enough? Here are some tips to help you work those frustrating times.
Let’s start with the iPhone storage screen: Go to the iPhone storage screen: go to Settings / General / iPhone Storage. There’s a line graph that shows what is taking up memory.
A culprit may be “Other”. Let’s dig deeper.
iPhone memory: look at the browsers
Let’s start with the Safari. Has it saved a lot of history?
- Go to the iPhone storage screen: go to Settings / General / iPhone Storage.
- While on this screen, scroll down and tap Safari
- Tap on Website Date and then Remove all website data
- Swipe to the left on Offline reading list and delete.
If you have the Chrome app, let’s clear that cache also.
- Open Chrome
- Tap the 3 dots on the bottom, tap settings and then Privacy
- Tap Clear Browsing Data. Choose what you want cleared and click Clear Browsing Data.
Don’t forget those large attachments
You may remember to move all your photos and videos to the computer and then remove them from your phone. But something that is easy to forget: images and videos other people have texted you. You may receive everything from images from your kids to scans from your clients. And yes, they may be sitting out there in your phone’s memory.
- Get back to the storage screen (go to Settings / General / iPhone Storage)
- Scroll down and tap Messages
- Tap Review Large Attachments
- Delete what you can.
If you want more space, some more apps may need to go — at least for a few minutes. A problem may be they got junked up.
Go back to the storage screen and start looking at the apps with more than 500 MB.
- Delete the app.
- Note, I did not have enough free memory to install the latest update and finally had to temporarily delete the News app. It was taking too much space.
- Later reinstall it again if you really want the app. We’re hoping it comes back in a smaller size without the junk.
Don’t forget to try . . .
When looking at iPhone memory problems, don’t forget to turn off the iPhone. This has been the “rule” for PC’s for years and is also a good idea for the iPhone. Sometimes this will clear out some junk.
- Power off your phone. (the button on the top or right side depending on your iPhone).
- Slide the power off.
- Once it is fully powered down, turn it back on.
Still problems? Here’s some software
Let’s try a software to be used with our iPhone. We’ll need a Mac or Windows machine.
- iMyFone Umate by iMobie. Download and install the software – we can try it for free.
- Connect your iPhone to your computer
- A new screen appears and shows how much space is free.
- Click Quick Scan.
- The first place to start: Junk Files. Click clean and a list appears. Click Clean at the bottom of the screen.
- If you want to try a few more places, you can purchase the paid version and keep going.
Clean it up
The phone is critical. And, if we are not going to get a new iPhone right away, we may ultimately get the dreaded memory error. Ultimately we may need a new iPhone, but fixing memory issues can allow us to keep our current phone a little longer.