What is Other Storage on iPhone and How to Reduce It

Your iPhone gives you a clear picture of the different data types that fill up your internal storage, such as messages, apps, and photos.You can always see it by heading to setting > Universal > iPhone storage.

Visual indicators at the top of the iPhone storage screen allow you to focus on the areas of greatest impact when managing storage. Data categories are also displayed.

What is “other” storage on iPhone?

The iPhone’s “Other” storage consists of various data formats (logs, file indexes, app caches, etc.) that the iPhone’s operating system (iOS) uses to maintain its functionality. However, in most cases, cached app data makes up the majority of that storage.

You can view the exact amount of “Other” storage on your iPhone by scrolling down the iPhone Storage screen. “Other” is usually somewhere in the 2-5 GB range, and should increase or decrease as you use your iPhone.

iOS is smart enough to manage app caching without getting out of control. For example, let’s say you start streaming a video via Netflix or Apple TV. The iPhone caches its content locally, increasing the “Other” storage. However, iOS flushes that data when you finish watching.

However, on rare occasions, things can get out of control and the “other” storage is in the double digits. If you’re running out of space, try reducing the “Other” storage on your iPhone.

How to reduce “Other” storage

iOS doesn’t have a built-in option to free up “other” storage on the iPhone. However, you can use the suggestions below. These help remove cached app data and also reduce “other” storage.

Clear your browser cache in Safari

If you do a lot of web browsing with Safari, your iPhone should have accumulated a fair amount of cached site data. iOS classifies almost all of it as “Other” data, so erasing it can often get you back hundreds of megabytes.

start by opening setting apps on your iPhone.Then select safari and choose Clear history and website data Clear cached browsing data in Safari.

Clear cache of other apps

Besides Safari, you can also clear the cache of other apps. However, due to iOS’ ability to automatically handle cached data, most iPhone native and third-party apps do not offer it as an option.

As a rare exception, the app’s[設定]I have OneDrive where I can clear the cache from the page. If you already know such an app, clear your cache and see if that helps.

Below we discuss workarounds that you can use to clear the app cache.

Remove message attachments

If you use iMessage frequently, you may have a large number of attachments accumulated on your iPhone in the form of videos, voice messages, and documents. There is a separate message category on the iPhone storage screen, but iOS counts some of that data as “Other”.

You can remove large iMessage attachments to reduce “Other” storage.go to setting > Universal > iPhone storage > message. Then select Checking for large attachments Delete what you don’t need.Attachments can be selected by swiping right erase or edit Option to delete items in bulk.

You can also configure your iPhone to delete messages (including attachments) after a defined amount of time.go to setting > message select from 1 year When 30 days If necessary. This should help cap off “other” storage going forward.

Offloading unwanted apps

Although you can’t clear the cache directly for most apps, you can try offloading as a workaround. This will remove the app (and associated cache) without deleting any local files or documents. There’s no downside to trying this, as you can redownload the app later and pick up where you left off.

go to setting > Universal > iPhone storageThen pick and choose a few non-essential apps App offloadIf that makes a difference to your “other” storage, keep offloading more apps.

After offloading an app, its icon is still visible on the home screen or app library. You can always redownload the app with a tap.

You can also configure your iPhone to offload apps that you haven’t used for a long time.go to setting > app store turn on the switch next to Offload unused appsIf you have a lot of apps installed on your iPhone, you’ll want to control the ‘Other’ storage and the rest of the iPhone in general.

Use storage recommendations

Occasionally, you’ll see one or more storage recommendations on your iPhone’s storage screen to help you free up space. You’ve already learned some of the above, such as reducing large iMessage attachments and offloading apps that impact “other” storage.

Try more, such as those related to the Photos app, and see if “Other” drops further.

Force restart the device

Force restarting your iPhone can resolve any glitches or anomalies behind an unusually large “Other” storage. To perform a forced restart, press the button combination below depending on your device model.

  • iPhone 8 or newer: Quickly press and release . volume up button, and volume down button.to quickly follow ~ side Keep holding the button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
  • iPhone 7 series only: Press and hold both. volume down and the ~ side Keep holding the button until the Apple logo appears on the iPhone screen.
  • iPhone 6s and earlier: Press and hold both. House and the ~ side Press the button until the Apple logo appears.

iOS updates

Bugs or technical issues related to the iPhone’s system software can also cause the “Other” data category to consume more space than usual. Applying the latest iOS update may fix the issue.

go to setting > Universal > depository and choose Download and install Apply pending system software updates to your iPhone.

app update

Similarly, app updates should also be applied.long press app store Select the icon on the home screen of your iPhone, update Update your iPhone app.

Backup and restore

If you’re dealing with bloated “Other” storage on your iPhone, you should consider resetting your iPhone to factory settings. This allows the device to boot with a minimal amount of “other” storage while simultaneously solving the underlying issues that caused the device to be rogue in the first place.

Make sure to create an iCloud or iTunes/Finder backup before you start.Then go to setting > Universal > reset and choose Erase all content and settings.

Once your iPhone has been restored to factory settings, Restore from iCloud Backup/Restore from Mac or PC Options when setting up your device and restoring data.

you can’t get rid of it all

There’s no guaranteed way to reduce “other” storage on your iPhone, but most of the suggestions above should help.

However, if you have a lot of free space on your iPhone, don’t worry about “other” storage. Leave it alone and iOS will manage everything on its own.

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