With 2018 on the way out, you’re probably going through your photos, looking for the best snapshots and videos from years past. Well, trying to.
Once you get past all the blurry photos and packs of burst shots taking up space, you’ll have to find where the photos from two years ago went. Didn’t you have a new phone then? Did you back those up? All of them? If you’re like me, you’ve got more than a few pictures you’d consider disposable, and would love to keep the ones you still have from years past so they’re not little more than lost memories. Also, all the cropped and annotated screenshot jokes just have to go. They’re all taking up space both in your iPhone and your mind. You want to bring all those photos, all that clutter, into the New Year? Of course not.
You can use iCloud Photo Library to store every image and video you take in the cloud, accessible on all of Apple’s devices or through iCloud’s site if you’re on a computer. Unfortunately, Apple only offers 5GB of free iCloud storage, meaning a fun summer can quickly fill up your allotted amount. You can upgrade your storage space easily, starting at 50GB of storage for a buck a month. All your photos and videos will be stored in their full resolution, too.
If you want some breathing room on your iPhone, you can enable photo optimizing in your iCloud’s settings page and keep smaller versions of the images on your device, potentially freeing up dozens of gigabytes of storage.
Or Use Your Own Cloud Storage
If you’re a Mac and iOS user exclusively, iCloud Photo Library’s syncing across devices and deep integration with Apple’s own Photos app makes it a logical choice when it comes to photo storage.
Don’t want to rely on Apple or iCloud to manage your images? Bounce around between different operating systems and devices? Already pay for another cloud service like Dropbox or Google One (formerly Google Drive)? You can store your iPhone’s images elsewhere pretty easily, and benefit from features not found in Apple’s offering, features like the ability to search for particular objects and people in your images.
Ditch the duplicates
The images and videos you’d rather never see again may be taking up the most space on your device. That means extra photos, videos, or selfies are taking up valuable digital real estate on your device when they can be dealt with either manually or using an app.
The manual method for deleting all of it involves using the Photos app to separate your content by category. In your iPhone’s Photos app, scroll to the bottom of the Albums section to see your media categorized by type. You can pick through selfies, portrait mode photos, screenshots, and GIFs, among other options. As someone with a few hundred screenshots, mostly for comedic purposes, it’s safe to say you also probably have plenty of images you can safely ditch. Select your category, hit the Select option, pick your candidates (or hit Select All), and delete them.