If there’s one thing that iPhone users tend to want, it’s more storage space. How many times have users tried to take a new photo or video, but are met with the dreaded message that there’s not enough room to take another photo or video due to storage restrictions? Well, there is a new iPhone hack trick going viral online, which shows iPhone users how to trick their phones into cleaning up free space for them.
Warning: Make sure the movie you are attempting to rent is larger than the space you have available to rent, if you don’t want to get charged $3.99 or anything for the movie!
As seen in the following photos, the trick involves going to iTunes and attempting to rent a really large movie. One such movie suggested is The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, which requires more than 6GB of free space to rent. (If you really don’t have enough storage space — which can be checked first in “settings” and “general” and “storage & iCloud usage” first — you won’t have to pay the $3.99 required to rent the HD version of the movie.)
“Cannot Download. There is not enough available storage to download The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. You can manage your storage in Settings.”
Upon trying to rent the large movie, your iPhone will inform you that you don’t have enough space to do so. Then it will give you the option to choose “OK” or “Settings” to remedy your problem.
However, according to the Daily Mail, by attempting to rent the movie, your iPhone will automatically start trying to free up space for you – without you having to scroll through your app and photos and decide which pics and videos to delete. You don’t have to find the dreaded “recently deleted” options and all the other nooks and crannies where photos and videos and screenshots could be hiding in order to delete them.
Instead, if you hit settings, you’ll see that your storage space has begun to increase. Since Apple has started to increase the storage space within their devices, the trick is one way to get as much space as possible, as easily as possible. Leave it to a Reddit user to find the hack that forces the iPhone to free up its own space.
It was the Reddit user named eavesdroppingyou who published the iPhone space trick.
“I have an iPhone with 16GB so I’m always dealing with low storage. A trick I do to get back some storage is to try to ‘rent’ a movie with a big file size.”
The trick has received plenty of praise on Reddit in the comments beneath the post from users who say that attempting to rent the movie helped clear up space on their devices. The hack is an easy way to get the iPhone to undergo its own “spring cleaning” of unneeded data, cookies and histories — which could be a good thing anyway for plenty of iPhone users who don’t need their histories hanging around.
Attempting to rent the movie more than once (as long as there isn’t enough space for it) may free up even more space on the iPhone. Waiting to touch “ok” or “settings” after the “cannot download” message pops up might also help to let the iPhone do its thing and free up more space.
The response from those who’ve tried the trick prove it can be worthwhile.
“That’s actually clever. I just went from 800 MB to 4.9 GB free space.”
‘This is an awesome tip! Thank you! I went from 2.2GB free to 3.3 after a few tries.”
[Photo by AP Photo/Eric Risberg]