How to empty the trash on your iPhone in 4 different apps to free up storage space

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  • The
    iPhone
    doesn’t have one integrated trash can – instead, to
    reclaim space, you will need to empty the trash on your iPhone in
    several different apps.
  • You can empty trash on your
    iPhone
    for recently deleted files in Mail, Photos, Notes, and
    Files.
  • If you don’t clear recently deleted photos, they are
    automatically purged after about 30 days. 
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If you’re running low on storage space on your
iPhone
, there are a number
of ways to free up space
by deleting unused apps, optimizing
photos, clearing the cache, and more. 

You can also save a lot of space by emptying the phone’s trash,
but unlike on your computer, the
iPhone
doesn’t have one integrated recycling bin or trash can.
Instead, iOS has a handful of separate trash cans, each of which
much be emptied individually. 

The four most common trash cans on the
iPhone
are located in Mail, Photos, Notes, and Files. Here’s
how to empty trash for each of them. 

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How to empty trash
in the Mail app on an
iPhone

1. Start the Mail app. 

2. On the Mailboxes page, tap “All Trash.”

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3. Tap “Edit.”

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4. Tap “Delete All.”

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This empties all of the trash cans in your various email
accounts with a single click. If you prefer, you can tap an account
on the Mailboxes page, tap “Trash,” and only empty trash associated
with a specific account. 

How to empty trash in the Photos app on an iPhone

1. Start the Photos app. 

2. Tap “Albums” in the row of icons at the
bottom of the screen. 

3. Scroll down to the bottom of the Albums page
and tap “Recently Deleted” in the Other Albums section.

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4. Tap “Select.”

5. Tap “Delete All.”

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The Photos app automatically deletes files in this folder after
about 30 days, so if you don’t manually delete anything here,
eventually it gets removed on its own. 

How to empty trash in the Notes on an iPhone

Notes are small text files and generally take up very little
space on your
iPhone
, but you might want to remove recently deleted notes to
reduce clutter. Like Photos, they’re deleted automatically after
about 30 days. 

1. Start the Notes app.

2. If the app doesn’t open on the Folders page,
tap the Back button to go to Folders.

3. Tap “Recently Deleted.”

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4. Tap “Edit.”

5. Tap “Delete All.”

How to empty trash in the Files app on an iPhone

The Files app helps you locate files stored on your
iPhone
by certain apps, like Apple’s Numbers and Pages apps,
and files stored locally on your phone by cloud services like
Dropbox and OneDrive. 

1. Start the Files app.

2. If the app doesn’t open on the Browse page,
tap “Browse” at the bottom of the page. 

3. Tap “Recently Deleted.”

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4. Tap “Select.”

5. Tap “Delete All.”

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How to empty the trash on your iPhone in 4 different apps to free up storage space