How iOS 11 frees up space on your iPhone or iPad

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New features in iOS 11 make it easier to avoid the dreaded "Storage Almost Full" message.
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Running out of storage space on your iPhone or iPad is a total drag. It slows down your device and can make it impossible to download files or perform other essential tasks.

With iOS 11, Apple takes some serious steps to free up space on iOS devices. Here’s a quick look at how Apple will ease the pain when iOS 11 lands this fall, with instructions for taking advantage of the new features.

Find and delete storage-hogging iMessage chats in iOS 11

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iMessage gets a bunch of new space-saving features in iOS 11 beta.
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Maybe, if you opt for one of the new 512GB iPads, you won’t have to worry about storage space. But for everyone else, iOS 11 has you covered. Now, under a new section in settings, you can whittle down the storage used by the iMessage app, weeding out old conversations, revealing oversized attachments, and even check to see which conversations are taking up the most space.

Let’s see how to use it.

Selling your old iPhone? Don’t fall for a ‘flawless’ quote

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Want to sell your iPhone? Unless you kept your iPhone 7 shrink-wrapped in the box since the day you got it, it's not
Ready to sell your iPhone? Unless you kept your iPhone 7 shrink-wrapped in the box since the day you got it, it's not "flawless."
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With the price of the next iPhone reportedly clocking in at over $1,000, many people are likely thinking, “It’s time to sell my iPhone.”

If you’re looking to trade in your old iPhone for cash, you’d be crazy not to maximize the money you get. But beware: One of the biggest mistakes people make during an iPhone trade-in is falling for a “flawless” quote.

Celebrate Labor Day with huge savings in our Watch Store!

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Save up to 40 percent on a beautiful selection of Apple Watch bands from a collection of our favorite vendors.
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Summer’s almost over, but our biggest sale ever is going strong for Labor Day weekend. Today is your opportunity to find amazing savings on beautiful Apple Watch bands in our Watch Store!

Save 20 to 40 percent on bands in leather, stainless steel, ostrich, stingray and more. We’ve rounded up some of your favorite domestic and international brands for this special sale, including Form Function Form, Clessant, Strapple, Juuk, Meridio, Ullu, Bucardo and OleksynPrannyk.

Check out our Watch Store today for the start of a long weekend of screaming deals!

How to unsubscribe from mailing lists with 3D Touch

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This method for canceling mail subscriptions doesn't even take one click.
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Mail app on iOS has a built-in unsubscribe feature that works great. Just a couple of clicks and Mail will attempt to remove you from unwanted future correspondence. But even that method is slow compared to the no-click unsubscribe method that we’ll share with you today.

How to load and play podcasts offline on Apple Watch

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You can use third-party apps to load podcasts on your Apple Watch.
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A lot of people who enjoy listening to podcasts or music while jogging will agree that it’s inconvenient to carry an iPhone. While music lovers can sync playlists from their iPhone to their Apple Watch, Apple’s Podcast app doesn’t do the same for podcasts.

That’s unfortunate. However, it’s simple to send podcasts to Apple Watch using third-party apps.