Is your iPhone capacity full?

This cool trick will free up space without deleting files and apps

So you didn’t want to fork out another few hundred bucks for extra storage on your iPhone, and now you’re paying the price: the phone is full and you can’t bear to delete any of those Taylor Swift tracks.

Well, one ingenious Redditor has figured out how to free up storage space on your iPhone or iPad without having to delete any apps, photos or other important files.

Here’s how it works.

First, check how much space you have left on your device. You can do this by clicking “Settings” –> “General” –> “Storage & iCloud Usage”.

Then go to the movies section of the iTunes store and pick a big file to rent – one that’s bigger than the amount of space you have left on your phone. Don’t worry, you won’t have to pay for it (so long as the file is actually big enough).

Click on “Rent” and you will get a notification saying there isn’t enough space on your device to download the film. You’ll get a choice to then press “OK” or “Settings”.

Click on “Settings” to view your available storage again, and lo and behold, you’ll see it’s increased.

That’s because your iPhone has automatically cleared superfluous junk like cookies, histories and other data from your apps in an attempt to make space for the film. Think of it like a spring clean for your phone.

We tried the trick on an iPhone 6 with Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (a 6GB file), and watched the available storage increase from 130MB to 830MB the first time around. After a second sweep the capacity was beefed up again to 1.5GB.

Waiting for a bit longer before hitting “Settings” on the prompt also appears to result in a more thorough clean.

“It does work,” the Reddit tipster, eavesdroppingyou, said.

“I’ve been doing this for about a year or so and [it] never fails. Not really sure what it ‘cleans’ but probably nothing important or sensitive.”

A fellow Reddit user claimed to have recovered 4GB of space on their device.

“I guess Apple Music caches more files than I thought, because I can’t think of anything else I use that would eat up so much space,” the user said.

Another Redditor suggested the 1956 version of War and Peace in high definition to rent for the trick, as it takes up a hefty 8.86GB of space.

By: Hannah Francis

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