How to Delete Other Storage on iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will show you how to delete the “Other” storage on your iPhone. The “Other” category includes various types of data that are not classified as apps, photos, videos, or documents. This can include cached files, browser history, system data, and more.

Step 1: Check Storage Usage

The first step is to check how much storage the “Other” category is taking up on your iPhone. To do this, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage. Here you will see a breakdown of your storage usage.

Step 1.1: Understanding the “Other” Category

The “Other” category can sometimes be confusing because it encompasses a wide range of file types. It includes things like app data, cache files, messages attachments, Safari offline reading list, and more. By understanding what falls under the “Other” category, you can better manage your storage space.

Step 2: Clear Safari Cache

A significant portion of the “Other” storage is often occupied by Safari cache files. To clear this cache:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Tap on the book icon at the bottom.
  3. Select the clock icon to view your browsing history.
  4. Towards the bottom right corner of the screen, tap on “Clear”.
  5. You will be prompted with options to clear history and website data – tap on it to confirm.

Step 3: Offload Unused Apps

If you have apps that you rarely use but still want to keep, consider offloading them. Offloading an app removes the app itself but keeps the documents and data. To offload an app:

  1. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
  2. Scroll down and select the app you want to offload.
  3. Select “Offload App”.
  4. Confirm by tapping on “Offload App” again when prompted.

Step 4: Delete Unnecessary Messages and Attachments

Your messages can consume a significant amount of storage space, especially if they contain multimedia attachments. To delete unnecessary messages and attachments:

  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Select a conversation that you want to remove attachments from.
  3. Tap on the contact or group name at the top of the screen.
  4. Select the “info” icon (i) on the right-hand side.
  5. In the next screen, you can view all attachments – tap on any attachment and select “Delete” or swipe left on individual attachments to delete them.

Step 5: Reset Settings (Optional)

If none of the above steps help in reducing the “Other” storage significantly, you can try resetting your iPhone settings. Please note that this will reset your preferences, network settings, and other customizations:

  1. Navigate to Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Reset.
  4. Choose Reset All Settings.
  5. Enter your device passcode when prompted, and confirm the reset.

By following these steps, you should be able to reduce the “Other” storage on your iPhone and free up valuable space for other purposes.

Note: It’s always a good idea to regularly check your storage usage and optimize it by deleting unnecessary files or offloading apps you don’t use frequently.

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