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This week’s Virtual Junk Drawer Challenge will tackle Storage Hungry Apps taking up valuable storage space on your device.  This seems like an obvious storage tip but it’s something that often gets overlooked. Make regular practice of going through all the folders and home screens of your iPhone or iPad and purge apps you don’t find yourself using. Remember, anything you download (paid or free) can be re-downloaded whenever you would like since all your purchases are automatically tied to your Apple ID.

If you are not using it and you don’t have app data inside that you absolutely need, delete it!

A special note about deleting games: many games rely on data stored locally inside the app. Before deleting any games, make sure you can either back it up to an account you create with the game developer or with iCloud.

How To Delete Apps

It’s very simple, hold down with your finger on the app you wish to delete.  When it starts to dance / jiggle it will get a X in the upper left corner. Hit the X and Delete. Poof, Gone!

Uninstall and Reinstall Storage Hungry Apps

Over time, some apps can become bloated. This happens because they store data locally or cache things for faster performance. A huge example of this is the Facebook app. I’ve seen this app alone take up gigs and gigs of storage space on clients iPhones and iPads. Make regular practice of checking your storage usage and see what apps are the biggest offenders. Uninstalling and reinstalling those apps will usually get rid of all the cached data, in turn freeing up local storage space on your device.

There’s an easy way to check which apps are taking up the most storage on your iPhone or iPad. Just follow these steps:

  • Tap on the Settings App
  • Select General
  • Select Storage & iCloud Usage
  • Under the Storage section, tap on Manage Storage (don’t confuse this section with the iCloud area)
  • View the list of apps tapping into any one of them will get you a delete option.
  • After you delete the storage hungry apps in question, you can reinstall them via the App Store in your purchase history.
And that’s it!  Don’t forget to keep your apps updated for security and bloat purposes!  This task should take 5 minutes or less but will make a world of difference in your storage numbers. Stayed tuned to my Facebook Page next week when I post a bonus challenge tying together everything we did each week.

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