Increase Your iPhone Storage Space With This Clever iTunes Movie Trick

Over the weekend lots of people were sharing an unusual iPhone hack that effectively frees up storage space on your mobile by tricking it into thinking you want to download a huge movie.

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All you have to do is head to Settings > General > About and then scroll down until you see 'Available'. You'll need to check how much storage you have left and then visit the iTunes store. What you'll need to do now is find a movie that's just a bit bigger than the space you have left. The Independent suggests something like The Lord of The Rings: Two Towers at 6.84GB.

Once you've found something that suits the amount of space you do (or don't) have left, you'll need to hit the 'Rent' option. But don't worry, you're not going to be charged because you don't have enough room. What'll happen next is you'll see a pop-up that tells you the movie cannot be downloaded because, you guessed it, you can't fit it onto your handset.

But what this does do is create a bit more room. Just hit 'OK' and then go back to your Settings and check your 'Available' storage again. Now you should see it's increased by a fair bit. Some people are even reporting they can run the trick multiple times and get an increase in storage each and every time up to around 4GB -- but it's likely to be different for everyone.

No one is exactly sure why this happens, but many are suggesting it's because the iPhone clears its caches in preparation for downloading the movie. But even though it can't then download it, it's still freed up some space.

[Via The Independent]

This article originally appeared on Lifehacker UK

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    OK, great tip and all, but... Why is this workaround the only option to do that? If there's something to be sacrificed to make room behind the scenes, why isn't there a button to sacrifice it manually?

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