Delete or Buy - there are other ways to increase your iPhone's storage

16GB of iPhone storage just isn’t enough these days.  Photos, videos, apps, and music can quickly utilize all of your storage space.

Most people tackle this problem by either deleting or splurging – two unpalatable choices.  Deleting all the time is a chore, and paying upwards of $100 for an extra 48 GB is, well, a racket.

Since the iPhone doesn’t have expandable storage like some other smartphone brands, there are ways to increase your iPhone’s storage without forking over lots of money or constantly deleting.

1) Plug in a flash drive. You can grow your iPhones external storage by adding an “external” hardrive through a plug-in flash drive.

Flash storage devices like the $60 Leef iBridge plug into your Lightning port and boost your phone's storage. The iBridge has a J-shape so it bends around your iPhone.  Still, it is a lot of money to spend on just 16 GB of extra storage.  Options?

  • $42 SanDisk iExpand, which has 32 GB of storage
  • $149 Mophie battery/32 GB external storage case combo called the Space Pack
  • $38 TFZ i-Flash Drive lets you add as much storage as you want with an SD card (you can get a 1238 GB micro SD card from Amazon for $60

2) Sew a small pocket into your coat to hold a wireless hard drive (or just keep it in your pocket).  Now you have no wires or something plugged into your phone to bug you.

By connecting them to the same Wi-Fi network, your iPhone can sync with a wireless storage device in your pocket or purse. With a corresponding app, you can set your phone to automatically store stuff on the wireless drive instead of storing it internally.

  • $36 RAVPower Filehub , it doubles as an external battery
  • $47 SanDisk Connect comes with 32 GB of on-board storage (no need for an SD card)

3) Store your files at home.  You can build your own, personal cloud if you need a lot of extra space.

  • $159 Western Digital MyCloud network storage device stores up to 4 terabytes (that's 4,000 GB) worth of files.  You keep the MyCloud at your home, but access the files using the corresponding app from anywhere. Plus, you can also use MyCloud to back up all of your files from your home PC or Mac.

4) Use the cloud. Store your files on someone else’s server. 

  • DropBox, Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Drive, Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) OneDrive or Apple (AAPL, Tech30) iCloud can all manage your files in the cloud. A monthly fee might apply, depending on your usage.
  • Google (GOOGL, Tech30) Photos will give you free, unlimited photo storage, albeit in a somewhat smaller file size.
  • Google Play Music Manager and Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) Cloud Drive will allow you to upload your entire music library to the cloud, and stream it to your phone.

5) Clean your phone.

  • Speedbooster for Android or PhoneClean for iPhones will clear out files, but you'll only reclaim a couple gigabytes at most.

If that's all you need, cleaning your phone is a free and easy solution.

Adapted from an article by CNNmoney


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