How to Fix No Space on iPhone Even After Deleting Photos and Videos

Do you have no space on your iPhone even after deleting photos and videos?

We love recording important moments in our lives with our smartphones. Of course, Apple iPhone is one of those smartphones that are ahead of their time. But with this behavior or recording too many things we see, storage capacity can’t seem to keep up. Good thing is that Apple introduced ways on how to back up these files.

You can delete your files on your iPhone for recent events if needed. But what if it says you don’t have enough space for new photos and videos after deleting them? You would be frustrated like the other users on Apple Support Community page. Clearly, they are asking the same question and hope to find a fix for it.

Don’t worry because we got that covered for you today. Our guide will show you how to free up your storage on your iPhone even after deleting photos and videos. Hopefully, after this article, you will get the free space you need to document new memorable moments. 🙂

Let’s get started!

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS
  1. Delete Files From Recently Deleted Album
  2. Enable Optimize iPhone Storage
  3. Disable iCloud Photo
  4. Go Back in Time
  5. Restart your iPhone
  6. Delete Large Applications
  7. Update to the Latest iOS Version
  8. Reset All Content and Settings
  9. Contact Apple for Support

 

How to Fix No Space on iPhone Even After Deleting Photos and Videos: 9 Ways

 

1. Delete Files From Recently Deleted Album

The ‘Recently Deleted’ folder is like a trash bin where you can still access your deleted photos or videos and restore them. That means that these files are still in your storage. To fix it, you will need to delete them permanently to truly free up your storage.

Go ahead and launch the Photos app and then tap on the Albums option. Find and tap the Recently Deleted folder. Now, tap on Select, choose all the files and tap on the Delete option. Finally, confirm to complete the deletion process.

 

recently deleted photos

 

 

2. Enable Optimize iPhone Storage

There is a way to downgrade the resolution of files stored in your iPhone while keeping the full resolution file on iCloud. When enabling this feature, you can actually save storage space on your iPhone. This feature is called Optimize iPhone Storage feature.

To enable this, go ahead and open the Settings on your iPhone. Then tap on the Photos option and find the Optimize iPhone Storage option. Tap on it and make sure that the checkmark is visible on the right side to indicate that it is enabled.

 

optimize iphone storage

 

Additionally, you may also consider checking out the various iCloud storage plans if you want to increase your iCloud storage capacity.

 

 

3. Disable iCloud Photo

If you don’t have enough space to store all your photos and videos on iCloud, you can still use an external drive to back up your files. But there is a chance that your files on iCloud may reappear on your iPhone. This may happen because of a bug or if you disable the ‘Optimize iPhone Storage’ feature.

To prevent this from happening, you will need to disable the iCloud feature on your iPhone. Go to the Settings on your iPhone and tap your Apple ID profile. Then tap on the iCloud option and tap on the Photos option. Toggle the iCloud Photos and Upload to My Photo Stream button to disable the feature.

 

No Space iPhone After Deleting Photos and Videos

 

 

4. Go Back in Time

Sometimes you may encounter an issue on Photos app that keeps your images and videos hidden in the storage section. It seems that when you previously deleted your files permanently, it was brought back as a hidden file. We are not sure what is the cause of this but there is a workaround on how to delete those files.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go ahead and open the Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Then, tap on the Date & Time option and disable the Set Automatically option.

No Space iPhone After Deleting Photos and Videos

 

  1. Now, manually change the date back to 1 year ago and close out the settings.
  2. Next, launch the Photos app and tap the Albums option.
  3. After that, tap on the Recently Deleted folder, choose Select All, and tap on Delete.
  4. Finally, do the same process for the Camera Roll folder.

If few or no files have appeared when setting it a year ago, try to go back 2 or 3 years ago. Repeat Steps 4 to 6 to delete the files. After this, checkout your iPhone storage if you have freed some space.

 

No Space iPhone After Deleting Photos and Videos

 

Now that you have, enable the Set Automatically option in Date & Time settings just like in Steps 1 to 2.

 

 

5. Restart your iPhone

If after all these changes you still have no space on your iPhone storage, it is time to restart your device. Sometimes, your iPhone cannot perform new tasks or apply new settings if it is overloaded. To fix this, you will need to off-load your device by doing a restart process.

To do it, go to the Settings on your iPhone, tap on General, and then tap on Shutdown option. Now, drag the slider to off direction when the Slide to Power Off option appears. Give it a minute and then press the Power button to turn it back on.

 

shut down iphone

 

If your iPhone is stuck and cannot do this soft reset process, you can always force restart your iPhone. Do Methods 1 to 4 again if your storage has still not changed.

 

 

6. Delete Large Applications

Maybe your images or videos are not the ones hogging your storage space. Large applications can also be the ones responsible for your low storage issue. This is also applicable to users who want to prioritize their photos and videos rather than phone applications.

Here’s how you can delete apps to free up storage:

  1. First, go to the Settings of your iPhone, then tap General, and then [Your Name] Storage.
  2. Then, take note of the applications on the list that have large storage value.
  3. Now, go back to the Home screen and look for the app icon which you want to delete.
  4. Next, tap and hold the app icon until it jiggles.
  5. Tap the small ( x ) icon or delete the app option to delete the app.

No Space on iPhone Even After Deleting Photos and Videos

 

  1. Finally, repeat Steps 3 to 5 to delete all other large-storage apps.

Again, check out your iPhone storage if it cleared out some storage space. Now, you will have available space for new photos and videos. But it is always advisable to backup the files before you decide to delete them.

 

 

7. Update to the Latest iOS Version

Apple iPhone is one of the smartphones that are constantly being developed and upgraded. The hardware is indeed introduced on new iPhone models, but new features as well on new iOS versions. When it comes to glitches or bugs, it is always safe to update your software to the latest version. This is because Apple Developers includes the latest bug fix along with the new features of the software.

Here’s how you can update your iPhone:

  1. Go ahead and plug your iPhone into a stable power source and connect to a Wi-Fi internet.
  2. Then, tap on the Settings, then General, and then the Software Update option.

How to Fix No Space on iPhone Even After Deleting Photos and Videos

 

  1. Now tap on Download and Install. If you encountered errors, know more about what to do.
  2. Finally, enter your device passcode if asked. Don’t know your passcode? Know more about what to do.

Now that the bugs have been fixed, you can check your storage space again. If it is still not cleared out, go back to Methods 1 and 4 of this guide to clear out the photos and videos. But if you decide to clear out apps instead, go back to the previous method.

 

 

8. Reset All Content and Settings

If you still have no space issue on iPhone after deleting photos and videos, there is a chance that your iPhone settings are corrupted. When this happens, you will need to backup your iPhone with either iCloud or iTunes. Once your data is secure, you will be able to fix this by resetting your iPhone to default factory settings.

To do this, tap the Settings on your iPhone, then General, and then tap Reset. Find and tap the Erase All Content and Settings option to do a total device reset.

 

How to Fix No Space on iPhone Even After Deleting Photos and Videos

 

After that, you can now check that your device storage is clear and is ready to be set up as new. But you can also opt to restore all your data from the backup that you made.

 

 

9. Contact Apple for Support

There is a possibility that there’s something wrong with your iPhone if you still have problems with storage. But this time, you will need the help of the experts to fix this for you. You can go to the nearest Apple Store to avail the repair services of Apple-certified technicians.

 

How to Fix No Space on iPhone Even After Deleting Photos and Videos

 

But of course, make sure you know the warranty details of your iPhone before you proceed. It is best to check on the available support in your area if you don’t have an Apple store near you. Apple will be able to reach out through call, email, chat, and many more. For premium support, know more about Apple Care for iPhones.

 

How to Fix No Space on iPhone Even After Deleting Photos and Videos

 

And this wraps up our guide for today. Hopefully, we were able to help you fix the no space on iPhone even after deleting photos and videos issue. If you have questions related to this topic, please feel free to leave a comment below.

 

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4 comments
  1. I had full storage so I deleted 10 gigs worth of photos and a 2gb app and I now have even less storage than before wtf

  2. Hi Really am worried about my iPhone storage space . My phone storage is 64 gb but available space 1 gb am tried to search for solution but no use am deleted photos and video and apps but still 2 gb space available . After looking I got your this solution what you said instruction I followed really am very happy now my phone storage is 32 gb . Thank you so much ✌️

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