iOS 11 includes many new features and enhancements, big and small alike.

For example, a revamped storage-management section is available in Settings. Speaking of which, users will appreciate another new feature that allows them to optionally have their device automatically uninstall apps that haven’t been used in a while.

If you venture to Settings  → iTunes & App Store, you’ll notice a new toggle at the bottom of the screen, labeled Offload Unused Apps. Setting that switch to the ON position shall prompt iOS to delete rarely used apps from your device in order to make more room for your photos, videos, documents and so forth.

iOS uses Siri intelligence to determine your usage of apps.

The feature’s description notes that documents and data belonging to uninstalled apps will be kept on your device in case the app is reinstalled. “Reinstalling the app will place back your data, if the app is still available in the App Store,” notes Apple.

This feature is disabled by default.

Rightfully so, if I may add. Had Apple enabled it by default, novice users would’ve been stunned discovering iOS had deleted their apps for seemingly no apparent reason.

iOS 11 is compatible with 64-bit iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The software update is scheduled to release for public consumption this fall.

  • Rowan09

    IOS 11 definitely helps with saving space. I gained about 14GB free when I upgraded my device.

    • AMB_07

      It would really help if they let us clean the system cache like in Android as well. As it stands the only real way for me to do that (per app) is to delete the app and re-install it. Suffice to say it’s not a very practical procedure.

      • Rowan09

        Yeah they should allow you to clean cache or since it’s not available allow developers to include the option in their apps.

      • AMB_07

        Some developers have that in their app (like Discord) but not enough of them do and I feel a system-wide option is vastly more preferable.

      • Rowan09

        That’s true. Usually the biggest things taking up space on IOS devices is text messages or media. I guess that’s why Apple doesn’t think it’s important.

      • :D

        I think there’s a Mac programme that can do that for you if you connect your phone. Can’t remember what it’s called though.

      • ✯Mike✯

        It used to work before iOS 9 I think. When apple changed their policy on sandboxing it disabled the app’s ability to read certain files and whatnot. Doesn’t work anymore.

      • :D

        Oh, I see

    • That’s because your system/app cache was cleared. Not because the OS takes up 14 GB less space.

      • Rowan09

        Yes and the way it’s shows what apps use up the most space is clearer and messages took up a lot of space on my phone, so since they have the option to save it to the cloud it saved me a lot of space.

  • nova12

    I like it. It’s like iOS Hoarders.

  • jodieisme

    Nextbit Robin