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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
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
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
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.