This Weird Trick for Clearing Storage on iPhone Actually Works

An unusual trick for clearing storage on iPhone has been popping up around the web recently. You can do it right from your phone in a minute without deleting any photos, music, or other data. To create storage space, you'll need to fool iTunes into thinking you want to Rent a movie, but when there isn’t enough space on your iPhone to download that movie, your iPhone will automatically delete unneeded caches and data from apps to make room. I managed to get an extra 1.3 GB of space in a matter of minutes; here’s the weird trick for clearing storage on iPhone that actually works.

Related: 5 Easy Ways to Clear Storage on iPhone

First, you’ll want to check how much storage you have available. To do this,

  • Open Settings.

  • Tap General.

  • Select Storage & iCloud Usage

  • Under Storage, you’ll see Available.

I currently have 2.6 GB of storage, granted that’s after I’ve already done this trick multiple times. I started out with 1.3 GB of available storage.


Now for the trick:

  • Open the iTunes app.

  • Find a movie to Rent that you know is a large file. Lord of the Rings or The Martian will do just fine. The movie’s size needs to be larger than the storage you have available on your iPhone.

  • Tap Rent; confirm Rent. Don’t worry — if you do have enough storage, it will ask for your Apple ID password before purchasing the movie rental. But if not,

  • You’ll see a Cannot Download pop-up.

  • Tap Settings.

  • Navigate back to Storage & iCloud usage.

Now, you should have more available space than before! You can repeat this trick multiple times to get as much as possible. I found after doing the trick three times, there was no more storage to be found. But i’ll gladly take the extra 1.3 GB.

You can check out the video walkthrough by TechInsider below.


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