Apple has Honed Space Management in iOS 11; Here’s How to Make the Most Out of It

July 3, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Apple has been specifically focusing on improving storage management tools on its iOS updates off-late. This continues with the recently released iOS 11, which brings in additional features for users to better identify space-eating apps.

Apple’s new feature will users zero in on apps and services that eats up a fair chunk of storage on iOS devices. Additionally it also provides the option of getting rid of them. The new feature can be found under settings. Users can find this by heading to the Storage option under general settings.

A list will be displayed that displays apps with various app including the type of data taking up space. Corresponding actions are also provided below to free up the space. Users can find out the unused app alongside the space you could free up by disabling them. Apple will show the entire installed apps at the bottom along with the time on which they were used last.

Apple will also seek for permission to automatically offload these apps. This can be found under the iTunes & App Store option in the settings page. Once enabled, iOS will automatically seek for the unused apps and those will be removed once it finds that the storage space available is getting low.

Apple will keep a record of all the saved data so that you can retrieve them in a flash if reinstalling the offloaded apps in future. Simultaneously, iOS 11 will also provide the option to keep the app and dump the data instead if it’s that what takes up more space on your device. Users can also disable the option and stick with manual offloading, which can be done under the Storage settings menu.

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