Spring is in the air. You know how I can tell? Both of Chicago’s major league baseball teams have lost as many games as they’ve won. Oh. And it’s April. I can smell Lake Michigan again. It’s also spring cleaning season.
How does one go about cleaning our electronic devices? Swiffer? Pledge? Or, is there an app that can help you get a little more storage space? I managed to convince a few neighbors and family members that iPhones were a better buy than Samsung or other lesser devices, but my advice has come back to haunt me in a couple of areas.
Can you say, ‘iPhone SE?’ You see, most people don’t know the value of an iPhone, so when they make the jump, they jump to cheap, don’t read the fine print, and walk away with a 16GB iPhone SE. Thankfully, Apple doesn’t sell that model with the anemic storage, but if you find you’re running out of storage, here’s the answer.
Mac users have all kinds of apps that can clean log files, remove cache files, even some that rid memory of unused applications, but iPhone users have always had to get more storage the old fashioned way. Remove photos by hand. Remove apps by hand. That’s about it. Phone Cleaner makes it much easier to delete photos and videos with two basic cleanup methods. Fast and deep.
Choose your poison. Fast Cleanup simple deletes the media– movies and photos– which take up the most space. Deep Cleanup removes duplicate photos, and by duplicates it means photos which were already transferred from your iPhone to your Mac.
The idea here is that you’ve already backed up the photos on your iPhone to your Mac, so it’s OK to delete those that take up the most space, or are merely duplicates of what you’ve saved elsewhere.
Not bad for free, right? But we’re not done.
There’s a companion app for the Mac– also called Phone Cleaner– which is needed to do the deed, but you get a somewhat more efficient method to do the deletions. A bigger screen.
The Mac version, of course, needs to connect to the iPhone version of Phone Cleaner so make sure you allow the Connection Request. What it does is rather simple, though. It cleans photos from your iPhone and it’s more efficient than doing the job manually from your iPhone’s smaller screen.
Again, not bad for free.