If you’re an iPhone user, you know that you’re limited to the amount of memory that comes built into the phone, which can be quite a headache once you reach its limit. However, a new viral hack is making waves on the Internet after allowing users to free up huge amounts of storage… without deleting a single thing on the phone.
The genius hack was discovered by Reddit user eavesdroppingyou, and even the least tech savvy person could do it. It involves tricking the phone into a sort of “spring cleaning,” and users around the country are reporting massive increases in their available memory after doing it.
Ready for this possibly life-changing hack? Here it is:
Open your iTunes account and search for a movie with a file size that’s larger than your available memory, such as Lord of the Rings: Two Towers.
Click the “rent” button to open the dialogue, and a message will pop up alerting you that you don’t have enough storage then offers you to go to settings.
When you click on the “Settings” button, it will takes you to the settings menu, where you will see that your storage has already increased. The Reddit user suggests doing this several times to free up as much space as possible.
Apparently, the phone automatically deletes all the unwanted information held within its apps and storage, like cookies and histories no longer needed, to make room for the movie, and people logged some incredible results.
“That’s actually clever. I just went from 800 MB to 4.9 GB free space,” one Redditor commented.
“This is an awesome tip! Thank you! I went from 2.2GB free to 3.3 after a few tries,” echoed another.
“700MB to 3.2G I’m well chuffed!” said yet another.
So as you can see, this isn’t some stupid, useless “trick” that doesn’t work – there’s been awesome results. As an iPhone user myself, it would have been great to know this back when my phone only held 16gb.
Users who experimented with the trick said that there’s also another way to do it rather than “renting” a movie multiple times. Apparently, when the “Cannot Download” prompt pops up, if you don’t touch it for a while, the process will continue to run until you hit the “Ok” or “Settings” button for the next step.
While this may not be hard or breaking news, it’s definitely information that can be useful to millions of iPhone users who are stuck without being able to free up memory on their phones – like I was at one time – so it seemed worthy of publishing. After all, we can all use a little help now and again, and there’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to do anything with your phone because the memory is full.