One of the best ways to free up storage on the iPhone is staring at you in the face

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Messages take up over a gigabyte of storage on this iPhone. Screenshot

Your iPhone’s Messages app is a hidden storage hog.

Thankfully, video and audio message delete themselves after a couple minutes by default, but regular messages, pictures, and GIFs don’t, and they can take a lot of space if you don’t delete them.

Messages are set to never delete themselves by default, but you can set them to delete after 30 days in your iPhone’s settings.

Here’s how:

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