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I have a 16GB iPhone 4. And over time, I have taken photos, videos, and put most of my music and apps on it. Then a few months ago, I had to select which songs go on the phone and had to delete photos and delete crap apps on the phone. I was able to free a lot of space by doing that. Now I have virtually no space on the phone and tried the same thing. I just have too much stuff and not enough space. I could get a 32GB iPhone but my contract isn't up until 2012. Luckily the stuff I deleted on my iPhone for the most part are backed up on my Mac. Too bad I can't buy anything for a while. As for the music, I use pandora but I don't want to use that instead of the songs stored on the device because I won;t always be in a place with wifi or even 3G for that matter. [Take the subway in NYC and you will know why!] So, is there anything else I can do that I missed or am I doomed? As for the iCloud, it will help some but again, the music is the only exception. Now is the time I wish there is a 64GB iPhone in the works!

asked Jun 25 '11 at 21:03

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On the main summary page for the iPhone tick the "Convert higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC". It saves a LOT of space.

answered Jun 25 '11 at 22:53

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Mattophobia ♦♦

does it decrease the sound quality at all? I am in the process of converting the MP3 files in my iTunes to AAC files. Does that help especially since they can replace the MP3s on my iPhone? and what about the apps? I am still trying to delete apps here and there and not the ones I paid for!

(Jun 26 '11 at 20:33) ubaksh11 ubaksh11's gravatar image

The sound difference isn't noticeable. It saves a huge amount of space though. You don't have to convert your library! You can just tick the option on the iPhone summary page and it copies and converts them for your iPhone.

(Jun 28 '11 at 12:44) Mattophobia ♦♦ Mattophobia's gravatar image

Sadly you can't magically get more storage inside the iPhone, you either have enough space or you don't. If you've deleted everything you don't need and still have literally no space then you'll either have to deal with it or upgrade to a higher capacity iPhone somehow.

Makes you wish you could simply slide in an SD card, right?

answered Jun 25 '11 at 21:16

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Five words, delete stuff off the iPhone

answered Jun 25 '11 at 21:18

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edited Jun 25 '11 at 21:19

Already tried that! Now what?

(Jun 25 '11 at 22:03) ubaksh11 ubaksh11's gravatar image

I'd say delete some stuff.

answered Jun 26 '11 at 21:19

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Asked: Jun 25 '11 at 21:03

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Last updated: Jun 28 '11 at 12:44