Cleaning up my iPhone5s
I have a 16GB iPhone 5s. The best iPhone model till date! Screws those 6 & 7 series. They suck!
Getting beyond the marketing hype on iPhones from Apple, I strongly believe that the iPhone 5s is packed with enough horsepower for a business user like me.
With time over 2 yrs, my iPhone with 16GB capacity ended up showing only 1GB in free space.
16GB is a LOT! Trust me it is a LOT! I still remember those days where a 16GB DESKTOP was a LOT!
Times have changed but my for information storage and processing capacity hasn't particularly exploded. That essentially means that I have been HOARDING JUNK!
So, I decided to do some housekeeping with my iPhone.
First, I deleted the apps that I fling with time to time from the awesome AppHookup list! :-)
Result => 0.9GB increased to 1.1 GB! OK! Still sucks!
The I played a bit with PhoneClean and managed to cleanup about 1GB more space. I'm up to about 2GB. Not bad, but there SHOULD be a better way.
I looked on the iPhone through: Settings->General->Storage&iCloud Usage->Manage Storage. The usual apps were there ... but I NEED THEM! Facebook, Messenger, Google Maps (the offline data), Whatsapp
Tip: Get rid of those spammy Whatsapp messages through the WhatsApp app by going to Settings->Chats and Delete All Chats! (Watchout: All Chats will be deleted!. Backup any important information before doing that!)
OK. Now I don't trust cleanups a lot via the apps, so I DELETED and REINSTALLED. I gained another 0.5 GB with all this stuff! I'm up at 2.5GB!
Now, let me own this up! Except for my contacts and notes, I don't really have any very important stuff on my iPhone. All my App Data is anyway in the cloud of the App provider. So, first I backed up my notes and contact (CHECK! CHECK! CHECK!).
Next, I decided to the ever terrifying BACKUP to iTunes (on my MacBook) and then RESET (SETTINGS->RESET->ERASE ALL CONTENT AND SETTINGS)!
Then followed the usual path, first Reset, then the phone starts again, enter a new pin, sign into iCloud, etc etc.
Once the iPhone was up and running and was accessible through the Macbook iTunes, I restored the last backup. It actually worked very smoothly ... more than I anticipated.
All my contacts and notes were back, the last set of apps were back on the phone. I just needed to do a bit of signing in here and there and everything was back to normal!
But hey, the free space was not up to 6.37 GB! Cool stuff! That's a lot now! It will be a while till I need get back to house keeping again!