Move from your current iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a lower capacity device

These tips will help you optimize your content and reduce your usage so you can move to a device with less storage space.

Before you move to a new device, check how much of your current device's capacity you're using. If all your data fits on the new device, you can transfer your data to the new device without removing anything.

If you're moving to a lower-capacity device, you might need to optimize or remove some of your existing content. Find out what takes up the most space on your device in Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. Learn more about usage on iOS.

Use one or a combination of these options to reduce your usage:


Audio, movies, series, and books

Photos and videos



You can reduce the amount of other data with these methods:

  • Restart your device: iOS clears cached data and does other system optimizations when you turn your device off and on.
  • Sync your device with iTunes: Syncing moves over data, such as logs, from your device to your computer. This can reduce the space taken up by other data.


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