How to Clear Other Storage on iPhone and iPad

If you check the status of storage on iPhone, you will see something listed as “Other” that is taking up a lot of storage space. Below are the steps to clear other storage on iPhone or iPad.

How to View Other Storage on iPhone?

You can see Other Storage on iPhone by going to settings > General > iPhone storage.

On the iPhone storage screen, you can see the overall storage status of your iPhone in the form of a bar graph.

iPhone storage status

If you scroll down on the same screen, you will see the amount of space occupied by other data.

Amount of other storage space on iPhone

Note: It may take a while for the iPhone to scan and analyze its storage and show the amount of system and other storage.

What is other storage?

The standard categories or labels used by Apple to represent the data that takes up space on iPhone are – System, Apps, Photos, Music, Books, Movies, TV Shows and Podcasts.

All other types of data that don’t fit into these standard categories are conveniently labeled “Other” by Apple.

Generally, data marked as “Other” consists of app cache, email attachments, Safari browser cache, bookmarks, reading lists, Siri cache, corrupted files, and other data that doesn’t fit into Apple’s standard categories.

If you don’t enable this option, “Other Data” may continue to grow and adversely affect the overall performance of your device.

How to Clear Other Storage on iPhone?

In most cases, you should be able to significantly reduce the space occupied by Other Data by removing the following important posts about Other Storage on iPhone.

1. Clear Safari History and Website Data

Go to settings > safari and tap Clear history and website data.

Clear Safari History and Website Data on iPhone

2. Unload unused apps

With the Offload Unused Apps feature, you can remove unused apps from your device while still being able to re-download the apps and pick up the apps right where you left them.

Go to settings > General > iPhone storage > Select the on the next screen apartment that you want to outsource

Apps listed on the iPhone storage screen

On the next screen, tap Download the app Option > Tap on the confirmation pop-up Download the app confirm.

Repeat the steps above for others applications you want to offload from your device.

3. Saved messages and message attachments

Over time, saved messages and message attachments can take up a lot of storage space on your iPhone.

You can delete saved text messages and message attachments by following the steps mentioned in this article: How to Delete Saved Messages on iPhone

4. Remove documents and data

As you continue to use apps, they start storing cached data, login information, attachments, and other related information on your device.

Over time, all of these app-related things (known as “documents and data”) grow in size, often becoming much larger than the size of the app itself.

You can remove “Documents and Data” from iPhone by following the steps described in this guide: How to Delete Documents and Data on iPhone.

After removing the above items, take a look at the space occupied by “Other” on your iPhone. If “Other Storage” still accounts for a significant amount, you are probably dealing with the problem of corrupted files contributing to “Other” storage.

Reset iPhone to clear other storage

If a significant part of “Other Storage” comes from corrupted files, only a factory reset can erase it.

Factory reset will completely erase all data from iPhone including corrupted files and data contributing to other storage.

To reset iPhone to factory settings, go to settings > General > Reset to default and tap Erase all content and settings.

Erase all content and settings on iPhone

This will erase all data from your device including corrupted files that contribute to Other Storage.

After the factory reset, you can either set up your device as a new iPhone or restore the iPhone using a previously created iCloud or iTunes backup of your iPhone.

For the exact steps to restore iPhone, refer to this guide: How to restore iPhone from iTunes and iCloud backup.


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