The sentimental hoarder's guide to making space on your iPhone

The sentimental hoarder's guide to making space on your iPhone
From Mashable - August 13, 2017

Each day brings the same struggle: I spot something I have deemed photo-worthy, pull out my phone, open the camera and am greeted with a blurred screen.

"Cannot Take Photo," my phone taunts. Then it's a rush to decide what stays and what goes.

This is the reality of being a sentimental hoarder who ca not bring herself to delete even a single photo of her dogs. Other things I cannot bring myself to delete include voicemails from older relatives and group chats that contain photos or video of any kind.

Perhaps the most egregious instance of digital hoarding is my refusal to delete Flappy Bird. Never mind that the creator pulled the wildly popular game from iTunes in 2014 with no plans to revive it. Never mind that I never play it. Never mind that my high score is a paltry 43 and, to be honest, is the work of a patient friend.

That dumb little game will travel from phone to phone with me for as long as it continues to work purely because I know I can never download it again.

For the same reasons that I am loath to dispose of stained band T-shirts I bought at concerts in high school, I am unwilling to delete any digital file I think I might miss one day. In turn, I have been forced to get creative in order to make room for more.

I am, of course, not alone in this struggle after all, the digital hoarders here at Mashable love a good storage-saving tip. And while this course of action may not suit everyone, here's what a tech-phobic, iCloud skeptic like me does to clear out space in a pinch:

Delete work-related apps on the weekend

Email video files to yourself

Delete your ride-share apps

Trick your phone into cleaning itself

Check your photos for duplicates


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