Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Freeing up Iphone Space

Say you have an iphone, and you've had one for like 4 years.  Lets say you NEVER delete texts.

Guess what? Those videos of  Junior in the pool that you sent to your whole family...maybe your dog sleeping in that funny pose... the 72 panoramic pictures of Yellowstone...well, those take up space.  I personally had 1.3 gigs of it, which is equivalent of a whole movie in standard def.

Apple does a lot of things right, but iTunes isn't one of them.  I just have a miserable time with that program. I mean , who's idea was it to combine the player functionality with the file management functionality with the backup functionality with the online store functionality?  I wonder it sucks.    Its a great example of why doing one thing and doing it well, the Unix philosophy, is so

Don't take my word for it.  3.3 Million hits on the query "why does itunes suck" .  Webmonkey hated it 5 years ago, and  a great dissection on xk9 just six months ago.  

But this blog is about solutions, so here's one I found that actually worked.  It takes some technical competence or confidence at least.   Follow this, have faith, and get ready to try it twice because I had to for some reason.

The Method:

  1. Make a backup in iTunes
  2. open iBackupBot (Google it)
  3. Go to the relevant backup
  4. Click on Multimedia File Manager and click on the other Multimedia files tab
  5. Sort by filename by clicking the Filename tab
  6. Find MediaDomain/Library/SMS/Attachments and highlight all of them, then press delete.  You can also click to export to a folder of your choice, if you want to save them that is. 
  7. Then go to System Files>MediaDomain>Library>SMS>Attachments
  8. They will be all listed here, highlight them all and press delete
  9. Then just restore that backup using iTunes
  Tadaa! Space recovered, your messages are still there but without the attachments! 

Good luck and let me know if it works...and thanks to the fellow who posted this on the itunes forum!

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