There are all kinds of articles on the Web about saving space on the iPhone. I have a 64 GB iPhone 6s which has about 27 GB free space right now. Saving space is not a big problem for me, but in preparation for getting an iPhone 8 in October, I thought I could save a little space in the Photos area.
iCloud Photo Library
I have the iCloud Photo Library turned on in all my devices. That way I can see all my photos on any device I am using. However, I got to thinking about being able to see all my photos on my iPhone. I really do not need to do that. I usually view all my photos library on the Mac or my iPad. All I really need to do with the iPhone is have “My Photo Stream” turned on to see some of the most recent photos. If this is you and you need to save some space on your iPhone, then here is how to do that.
Go into the Photos & Camera area of Settings:
Once you are in there, just tap on iCloud Photo Library to turn the slider to off:
It will give you a warning message that the photos will not be accessible from your iPhone. That is no big deal, you can always turn it back on later if this does not work for you. If you iCloud Photo Library is large, this process can take a few minutes. Just let it run.
To check on the effect this has on your iPhone go into the General Settings:
Then tap on About at the top of the screen:
You will be taken to a screen with a bunch of information on your iPhone. Scroll down to “Available” to see what your available storage is after shutting off the iCloud Photo Library:
Prior to shutting off the iCloud Photo Library my available space was 27 GB. After shutting off the Library it is 40 GB. That is a pretty sizable chunk of recouped space on my iPhone.
If you like to have the iCloud Photo Library available on you iPhone, then you would not follow this procedure. But, if you are seeking ways to free up space on your iPhone, this process will help, especially if you have a large iCloud Photo Library.