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10 Tricks to Getting More Storage Out of Your iPhone

10 Tricks to Getting More Storage Out of Your iPhone

iPhones are all fun and games until you want to download the new iOS, or a new app, or take a photo. Suddenly you get a warning that you’re low on memory in your phone. And what do you do then? Time to clear out some space!

1. Close apps on home screen

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    Even though you hit the home button and returned to the home screen, your app is still running in the background. Double tap the home button until all your open apps come up. Swipe up to close the app completely.

    2. Delete your texts

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      For every time you text your mom and send a funny photo to your BFF, it takes up space in your phone. Regularly go through your messages and delete the ones that you won’t be needing in the future, or those annoying ones from those friends we really don’t like. Simply swipe left on the message you want deleted and press “Delete.”

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      3. Only keep the songs you listen to

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        While it’s tempting to have every song in your library available at your fingertips, it’s going to suck up all the space on your phone. It’s going to be hard, but you now have to decide which songs are “the ones” you’ll actually listen to on your phone. To get rid of all the others, go to the song you want to delete, swipe left and press “Delete.”

        4. Delete old voicemails

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          As with your texts, voicemails clog up the space on your phone. So it’s time to clear out! Swipe left on those unwanted voicemails and press “Delete.” And you never have to listen to your mom nag you about your life failures again!

          5. Optimize photo storage

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            If you have a lot of photos, this is definitely for you! Optimizing photo storage means that your photos are saved in a way that it saves space on your phone. This is super great if you’re a big photography person, or if you just really enjoy taking pictures of your cat every hour.

            6. Delete USELESS apps

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              Yes, we know that you love Candy Crush more than you’ll ever love your significant other, but that doesn’t make it a useful app. Delete those apps that you never use, wish you used more, or downloaded six years ago and forgot you even had.

              It’s time to get rid of them. I know it’s hard, but you can do it. Press on the app until it shakes and press the “x” to delete it. Bye bye, Candy Crush. Hello, extra storage space.

              7. Get rid of those in-app purchases

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                If you’re not listening to podcasts, delete the ones in the podcast app. If you have lots of junk mail, delete it all in your mail app. Get rid of all of those by swiping right and pressing “Delete” and it will clear space like you wouldn’t believe.

                8. Use apps that save space

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                  Apps like Shutter save your photos to an online server, meaning that while the photos are saved, they don’t take up any space on your phone. These kinds of apps are really great if you’re taking a lot of photos and videos, especially at an event.

                  9. Close Safari tabs

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                    While it may not seem like your Safari tabs are taking up space on your phone, they really are. After you finish Googling how to make a billion dollars, close your tabs to save a little space. And we all know a little goes a long way.

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                    10. Back up your phone

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                      If you really want to save space, it’s time to connect your phone to your computer. Move your photos to your desktop and delete them off your phone. Simply plug your USB cord into your phone and computer and follow the prompts to move everything over. Easiest way to clear your phone.

                      Featured photo credit: iphone via imore.com

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                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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