iOS 11: What you need to do before installing it

iOS 11 has been around for months since it officially made its debut back at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. iOS 11 is not a significant improvement to Apple’s mobile operating system, like its predecessor. However, it comes with hundreds of new things that add up to a better user experience.

At this year’s iPhone launch event, Apple officially confirmed that the final build of iOS 11 would start rolling out to all iPhone and iPad owners on September 19 this year. Like any other software update, iOS 11 will be available as an OTA update, allowing users to download the update directly to their devices.

iOS 11 may require a huge amount of storage space to be installed on your device. If your iPhone’s storage has already reached its limit, it’s time to do a little bit of cleaning on your iPhone to pave the way for iOS 11.

In this article, we will show you the best tips to free up storage space on your iPhone. Before we begin, make sure that you now have a modern version of iOS on your device. If you are not sure, head to Settings > General > Software Update.

How to free up storage space to install iOS 11 on your iPhone

  1. Uninstall apps you are not using

There are tons of apps on your iPhone, but many of them are not in use for a long time. These apps may take up a large amount of your iPhone’s storage space, thus slowing down your device. Therefore, it’s a good idea to clean up the mess, so you can reclaim more space to install iOS 11.

iOS allows users to check how much storage space they have left and which apps are taking the most space on their device. To do this, head to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. From here, you will see a list of all apps installed on your device and how much space each one is currently using.

  1. Remove downloaded content

If you frequently download videos for offline viewing, your iPhone’s storage will get full very fast. It’s a good idea to clear a downloaded video or music track you no longer need.  To remove a track in Apple Music, head to Settings > Music > Downloaded Music. From here, you will see a list of all the tracks you have downloaded for offline listening. Select the track you wish to remove and hit the Delete button.

  1. Delete Safari cache

Safari tends to save everything you come across while browsing the web. This practice has been around for a while and aims to load your content faster. However, this may put a huge pressure on your iPhone’s storage.

You can delete Safari cache by heading to Settings > Safari and hit Clear History and Website Data at the bottom. Besides, you can remove website data on your device. To do this, open Settings, select Safari > Advanced > Website Data and hit Remove All Website Data.

  1. Upload your photos to iCloud

iOS includes a handy iCloud feature that automatically uploads your photos to iCloud. To enable it, head to Settings, tap on your profile name at the top, hit iCloud > Photos and turn on iCloud Photo Library.

You can also use third-party storage services like OneDrive, Dropbox or Google Photos to transfer your photos or videos to the cloud. Once you have synced your photos in cloud, you can delete the original photos stored on your device.

  1. Remove old messages

Messages may take up a lot of storage space on your iPhone, so it’s a good idea to delete them to reclaim some space. You can enable a settings to automatically remove your old messages after 30 days. To do this, go to Settings > Messages and select Keep Messages under the Message History. Once you are in, select your option (30 days, 1 Year, and Forever).

Also read: How to set up and use Face ID on iPhone X

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