This will make your life easier.
Apple’s new iPhone SE is the company’s cheapest handset ever at $399, but it comes with a serious drawback: Its storage is a paltry 16 GB.
That’s a pathetic hard drive and one that Apple continues to offer and make immense profits off of. It’s really not enough storage to hold many apps, photographs or videos, but of course it’s a tempting option because it’s relatively affordable.
If you don’t want to spring for a more expensive version of the iPhone, you can make the 16 GB model work with a bit of effort. Tim Stenovec writes on Tech Insider that “most people” shouldn’t bother with it, but we think the device can work for penny-pinchers who really just want a phone for basic calls, texting, social networking and picture-taking.
It’s not the right choice for people who take dozens of photos every day in-between “Hearthstone“ sessions, though. Power-users should spend $100 more for the 64 GB model.
But if you must get the 16 GB iPhone, so be it: Just download Google Photos.
It’s true, but it takes a bit of work. Signing up for Google Photos — a product we happen to like very much — will make it pretty easy to clear out your phone’s old pictures and videos without worrying about whether you’ll want to access them later.
Google Photos is not the only cloud storage service out there (Dropbox is a popular one, and of course there’s Apple’s very own iCloud), but it’s probably the easiest to use for people who just want to quickly free up some space on their iPhone. It’s also free.
The app will automatically back up any photo and video you take and associate them with your Google account, which is the same thing you might use to log into Gmail. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can view your entire library, whether the photos and videos are still on your iPhone or not. And you can download them back onto your device if you want to make sure you can always access certain memories.
Here’s how it works:
And you’re done. Your iPhone’s storage will likely be largely freed up at this point — until you fill it with more photos and videos and have to repeat the process.
Yeah, it’s kind of a pain in the butt, but no one said being cheap is easy.