How To Manage Storage with a 16GB iPhone
I was recently volunteering at an event my church puts on every year called ServeFest
. It's a neat event where instead of having church, we give to the community we're a part of by providing free clothes, school supplies, vaccinations, haircuts, family photos, food, bike repair, and other great things. It's often an event where people take a lot of photos, usually on their phones. During the event, one of my friends tried to take a video on her iPhone 6s Plus and got the message that she was out of storage. Since she had a 16GB iPhone, it wasn't that hard to do. iPhone 6s (plus) has a 12 megapixel camera and the ablity to shoot 4K video, which can take up a lot of storage very quickly. After looking in a couple places, there wasn't a whole lot we could do to remedy her situation. After realizing that this is a big issue, probably for a lot of people, I looked into the best ways to handle having an iPhone with low storage. Here are the options and suggestions I found to be the best way to go.
Sort Email Automatically Using iCloud Rules
Many people know that they can use rules or smart mailboxes in Mail for Mac to automatically sort their emails, but one of the biggest downsides to that method is that your mail only gets sorted when your Mac is on with Mail running. If you have an iCloud email, you can actually set up some basic rules to do some sorting for you at the server level, meaning it gets sorted before it ever even gets to your iPhone, Mac, iPad, or any other device. I personally use these rules to sort automatic emails I get that I don't need to read. Things like automatic statements from my bank get sorted into a specific folder or forwarding emails from a specific sender to another email address.
How To Prepare Your iPhone for the Worst
Yesterday I received a call from my mom, asking me to help her with her iPhone. She said she had been locked out of it and needed help getting back into it. Her password had somehow changed without her knowledge, and since she'd tried a couple times, she was locked out for 5 minutes, and every time she tried the timer got longer. I drove to her house to figure this out, and unfortunately she had no iCloud backups, and the password she was using definitely wasn't working. We had to wipe the iPhone and set it up like new. I don't know what it was that caused her password to change for no reason, and some poking around I did on her iPad indicated that it actually hadn't
changed, but still wasn't working along with her thumbprint for Touch ID. This could happen to you too. Maybe your password won't change for seemingly no reason, but you could drop your phone in some water, it could be stolen or lost, or many other terrible things that happen to people's phones all the time. Here are the things my mom could have been doing to make her situation better.