How to clean your iPhone memory easily

The memory of our iPhone is a scarce commodity, especially for those users who are using a 128GB version or less. It is because of that en Actualidad iPhone We have the obligation to show you how you can maximize the memory of your iPhone in a few simple steps.

Well, the first thing we want to do is introduce you. Clean My Phone, an application from MacPaw, the legendary Ukrainian developer that has achieved great successes such as Clean My Mac, Gemini 2, Unarchiver or Setapp. At this point, we want to remind you that, As on almost all occasions, the recommended application to carry out this task is completely free, although it has some paid functions.

Clean iPhone memory

With just a few simple steps, you will be able to:

  • Delete duplicate photos, screenshots, image croppings or photos that bear a strong resemblance.
  • Analyze your WiFi network to find out how you can improve it and get the most out of it.
  • Reorganize your photo gallery so you can save only the photos that interest you or create albums.
  • See at a glance how much free space you have and how much the content occupies on your iPhone in a differentiated way.

This is in addition to the fact that the use of certain applications such as WhatsApp and their incorrect configuration can cause our storage to be strongly affected, which is why we are also going to show you what settings you should take into account to keep WhatsApp storage at bay. :

  1. Check automatic downloads.
  2. Limit data usage.
  3. Check your storage settings.
  4. Clean up large or duplicate files.

Going a little deeper into problems and solutions

In theory, the iPhone tends to make good use of storage, or at least what the device understands as such. In order to function well, it stores information, so that the next time we want to consult it it is a matter of seconds or tenths. The bad thing is if we, owners of the device, prioritize space over performance.

Let's take an example, and I think it's a common one: we start using X (formerly Twitter) and it loads the chronology. The first time it takes a little longer than the rest of the times, and that is because from the second one it already has certain information saved. When we enter a third time, what it has to load is only the new, with the old still in the cache. Therefore, the user experience is favored, but an app like this can end up with two or more gigabytes. If we use more applications of this type, storage will be a problem sooner rather than later.

In the previous point we have given the example of WhatsApp, but it also applies to the aforementioned X, Telegram, Instagram and many other applications. As it is virtually impossible to explain how to clean the memory in all the available applications, the best advice we can give is that we learn to move through the settings of each application and, in a section that may be called Storage, Cache or something similar, configure it so that save as little as possible and even delete the cache manually.

Web applications can be a good ally to clean memory

Here comes one of those pieces of advice that must be valued as an option, a proposal that can be taken or rejected. Its about use of web applications instead of the native iOS ones. It sounds crazy, but it has an explanation and will help us clear our memory.

Web applications are as if we visited a service from Safari, but in an isolated profile and without the options of a full browser. In other words, a mini-Safari that is not directly connected to the web browser. When we look at the iPhone's storage settings, we can see that Safari also saves a lot, and if we dig a little deeper we can see that there are pages that we visit frequently that are also eating up part of our space. We can recover a lot of space, between 1GB and 2GB per application that we do not use natively and start using the webapp.

We would do it as follows:

  1. We open Safari.
  2. We go to the page that we want to save as a web application.
  3. We tap on the share sheet icon.
  4. We scroll down and tap on “Add to home screen”.
  5. Finally, we confirm by tapping on "Add".

Install webapp to clean memory

The web application will appear on the home screen, but it can be moved wherever we want, like just another app. The best cannot be seen from there; It is seen in the settings, when we go to the storage and we see that that "application" only occupies 20 to 50kbs. The bad? Because it doesn't cache anything, it moves a little slower than an app from the App Store.

This will only be possible in services that offer web applications and have included in their code what is necessary so that it can be added as an app to the home screen. If something adds only a bookmark that Safari opens, you can create "clips" with this Siri shortcut.

How to recover “System Data” space

It's something I don't like about the iPhone and Apple as the company that sells them, but there is a section in the storage settings with a name system data which is left with a lot of space. In a device with 32GB you can keep more than 5GB, but in the 256GB model it can exceed 20GB. How do you recover that space?

It is not recovering, at least not at present and in no official way. I hope that in the future there will be some way, but for now we have to bite the bullet. There are applications that promise, in addition to what CleanMyPhone does, to recover the space left by System Data, but in the end it is not true. Additionally, it is not a good idea for a third-party application to delete files that Apple claims are there to improve the overall functioning of the system. It may turn out well, but the result is unpredictable.

My recommendation if we find something that promises a miracle like this is that it be tested first on a support device, one of those iPhones we have at home that we have decided not to sell to use as an iPod Touch or something like that. If it works well once, try a second time. And if someone finds that it works, let us know and we will be happy to write an article about that wonder.


In short, we all want to make the most of iPhone storage, and the first thing we have to do is learn how to clean app by app, and if possible use web applications that will help us clean memory.

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