Once upon a time, Apple made iPhones with 32 GB of storage space. It was the perfect amount to hold all your music, a long gallery of photos, and a couple videos from that concert you went to last summer. And then Apple took it all away with the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which comes in two storage sizes: 16 GB and 64 GB. (The latest model, the iPhone 6S, goes up to a whopping 128GB.)
This change really screwed things up. People didn’t want to drop 💸 on the pricier 64 GB, so they bought the 16 GB thinking they didn’t need tons of space on their phone. Then they tried to download iOS 9 and got the dreaded “There is not enough available storage” message. Thanks a lot, Apple.
The next time this happens, don’t go on a deleting spree. Instead, follow the advice of Reddit user eavesdroppingyou and try to rent a really, really long movie.
“I have an iPhone with 16 GB so I’m always dealing with low storage,” eavesdroppingyou wrote. “A trick I do to get back some storage is to try to ’rent’ a movie with a big file size (something like The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers).”
But because your iPhone cares about you and your needs, it’ll first do its best to download that movie before giving up and sending you the familiar “not enough storage” pop-up. Part of that “trying” process is automatically deleting unnecessary files and caches that are hiding in the depths of your phone. When you check your phone’s settings — listed under Settings > General > Storage & iCloud — you’ll see a few more megabytes or even whole GIGABYTES are available.
To get even more precious storage, repeat the fake movie rental again and again until it stops working. The exact amount you can recover varies, but Reddit users vouch they’ve had a lot of success with this trick.