How to expand your iPhone storage

We’ve all run out of storage on our phones before.  Here we give you 4 tips for expanding your iPhone storage easily! If you don’t want to read the full article we recommend using Amazon Prime Photos, free with your prime subscription.

USB Stick for your iPhone
Everyone is familiar with a USB stick and so these devices sell well. They behave in exactly the same way as a normal USB stick (you put it into the USB slot of your computer and load up your files), however they also have an iPhone connector so you can slot it into your iPhone too. You usually download an additional app from the AppStore to access the stick on your iPhone. There are lots out there, but it is good to have Apple certification. For this reason we recommend the iDiskk (click here to see it) which, with certification, gives you 64GB of storage.

Network Attached Storage over wifi
If you are just concerned with accessing files whilst you are at home, then a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device is for you. These have the benefit of massive storage (think terabytes) but they are generally not portable. They usually hook into your home wifi; once this is done you can access them via your home computer or an app on your mobile device. We find these quite clunky solutions, only really needed if you need huge storage space. If you were to go for one we’d recommend the 5TB Seagate Personal Cloud which is good value for money.

Storage case
If you’re happy with making your phone a little larger then there are some great phone cases which add storage capacity to your phone. They essentially have a memory card inside the case, which plugs into you phone as you slip the case onto it. This is particularly good as you’ll always have you additional storage with you when you are out and about. We like this case from KUNER (click here to see it) as it gives you three things in one:

  1. Phone protection – this is a case after all so it will still protect your phone
  2. Storage – it gives you 16GB of extra storage which is the boost you probably need
  3. Battery – it even has a built in battery pack which will juice up your phone on the go

The KUNER case comes in three colors (black, white and pink).

Cloud Storage
This option is great if you don’t want any extra physical hardware to carry out. A cloud storage solution can automatically back up your data and keep your files accessible so long as you have a web connection. Rather than storing your files on the phone, they are stored on the cloud service provider’s servers (with all their advanced & secure backup systems). There are many cloud storage providers out there, but we’re recommending Amazon’s Prime Photos storage system. This is because it works across multiple platforms (unlike iCloud which is tied to your iPhone) and you get completely unlimited photo storage with your Amazon Prime subscription. Amazon Prime costs a few dollars per month but is worth is as you get free same day delivery (which earns your money back immediately), a subscription to amazon’s video service, early access to deals and loads more. Sign up for prime here (free for 30 days anyway) and then after that, sync up your Amazon Prime Photos with your iPhone.

The Verdict

We’re not fans of unnecessary additional hardware, so we’re going with the cloud storage option.  Amazon Prime Photos is particularly good because you get unlimited photo storage with your prime subscription (which you really should have if you buy stuff online – get it here if you don’t) and you can use it across multiple platforms.

If you don’t want to go down the cloud route then we suggest you buy the Kuner case with its built in protection, storage and battery.

Emberlight review – Add wifi to your standard home lighting

Here we’re checking out the Emberlight – a cool little device that hooks your lights into your wifi.

The Emberlight (only $49.99 on Amazon here) is a small device that sits between your light socket and the bulb and gives it smart capabilities. Firstly this is great because you can use which ever bulb you want (not an expensive proprietary one – for example, Philips’ bulbs are $13 each).  We’re using some nice dimmable Edison bulbs similar to these that cost $3.30 each: Edison bulbs.

Simple setup
Before you setup your Emberlight you must download the app first. Take your bulb out, screw in the Emberlight then screw your bulb into the Emberlight. Setup is really simple, it’s all done through the app and primarily involves logging your now smart light bulb into your wifi network and giving it a name.

Simple control
That’s really it, you can now control your bulb from the app. A simple slider adds dimming capabilities to your bulb and tapping the dimmer on the app turns the light on and off. The bulb is very responsive with no noticeable lag when moving the slider on the app. If you have multiple Emberlights you don’t have to control them one by one.. instead you can group them together.

Advanced control
You can also hook you light up to other services via IFTTT (if this then that). For example, you could connect it to a timer when you are on vacation so that the light comes on and off in the evening to stop your house looking empty. You can get really creative and link it to many of the IFTTT services out there!

UK users
So, this Emberlight is an E26 screw fixing whilst the UK uses E27 fittings – this means there is 1mm difference in the socket sizes. Not a problem… The photos you see here are from a UK light socket running on a 230v power supply, the Emberlight fits in fine and the bulb fits in fine. The socket was actually a bayonet so we’ve used a bayonet to screw adapter from Amazon for £0.72 to make this fit.