Internal storage (ROM): Apple iPhone & iPad on iOS 10

Learn how to view free space and free up storage on Apple iOS 10. Check the software version using Software versions & updates: Apple iOS 10.




Clear storage regularly

  • Clear storage at least once per week.
  • Check the available internal device storage (see 'View free storage space' below).
  • Delete unnecessary text messages (SMS) and picture messages (MMS).
  • Transfer pictures and media to a computer to remove them from the phone memory.
  • Make sure to delete the media in Photos > Albums > Recently Deleted.
  • Clear the browser cache, cookies, or history.
  • Manage applications. See section below.
  • Delete the call logs.


Manage applications

  • Monitor new applications that you install.
  • If your device starts having problems after installing an application, consider uninstalling the application.
  • Consider uninstalling apps using large amounts of ROM.
    1. From the Home screen, tap Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage.
    2. Wait for the list of applications to appear under Storage.
    3. Use the list to help you determine which applications are using the most space.


View free storage space

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Storage & iCloud Usage.