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How do I re­move some of the videos from my iPhone to free up space? I don’t want to delete them any­where else.

Sin­cerely, Need Stor­age

Dear Stor­age,

Start by go­ing to Set­tings > Pho­tos and se­lect­ing Op­ti­mize iPhone Stor­age. The orig­i­nal high-res­o­lu­tion ver­sions of your videos and pho­tos will be pre­served in iCloud, while smaller, low-res­o­lu­tion ver­sions will be stored on your iPhone.

If this doesn't free enough space, I rec­om­mend mov­ing them from iCloud Photo Li­brary to a dif­fer­ent cloud-based ser­vice like Drop­box so you can delete them but still ac­cess them from your phone or com­puter when­ever you like.

While us­ing Google Maps on my iPhone, I ac­ci­den­tally called 911 af­ter touch­ing the screen to start the app. I don’t know how this hap­pened. Any thoughts or tips for avoid­ing this in the fu­ture?

Sin­cerely, Send­ing Out an SOS

Dear SOS,

It's likely that you un­in­ten­tion­ally ac­ti­vated Emer­gency SOS, which calls your lo­cal emer­gency ser­vice when you hold down the Side but­ton and a vol­ume but­ton at the same time, and that you just hap­pened to be look­ing at Google Maps at the time. It's a com­mon prob­lem since those but­tons are lo­cated where most of us tend to grab on to our phones. Go to Set­tings > Emer­gency SOS > and turn off Auto Call. Emer­gency SOS will still be ac­ti­vated us­ing the same but­tons, but the call will no longer be placed au­to­mat­i­cally.

I subscribe to iTunes Match and have cre­ated a playlist of 254 songs on my MacBook Pro. Once I download the playlist to my iPhone, how long do the songs stay on my phone? Will I have enough space with my free 5 GB of iCloud stor­age?

Sin­cerely, Mu­si­cally Matched

Dear Matched,

You can store up to 100,000 songs on all your Ap­ple de­vices with an iTunes Match sub­scrip­tion and it is sep­a­rate from your iCloud stor­age. Once you have down­loaded the playlist, the songs will stay on your iPhone un­til you delete the down­loads. The ex­cep­tion to this is if you have en­abled Op­ti­mize Stor­age in the Mu­sic set­tings of the Set­tings app. This fea­ture au­to­mat­i­cally re­moves songs you haven't lis­tened to in a while once the amount of mu­sic you have on your iPhone ex­ceeds the des­ig­nated amount of stor­age you have set.

Sarah Kings­bury is the se­nior web editor of iPhoneLife.com. She goes al­most nowhere with­out her iPhone and is a con­trib­u­tor to the site's Tip of the Day col­umn. She has over a decade of ex­pe­ri­ence writ­ing and edit­ing for on­line and print pub­li­ca­tions.

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