Want to install the latest version of iOS, take new photos, or download an app, but your iPhone’s memory is full? Our first tip to remedy this problem would be to sort out your iOS, in particular by deleting old apps or screenshots that you have no use for.
If that’s not enough, and your storage space is still full, then there is another fallback.
In the Settings of your iPhone, you will be able to see the status of its storage capacity classified under different well-defined categories: Apps, Messages, System and Other.
The latter often remains enigmatic for users, since it is complicated to define what it really corresponds to despite the important place it occupies.
To delete this Other storage, you can go through two processes that we describe to you in this tutorial.
How to check the storage capacity of your iPhone?
To find out more about the space occupied by all your apps and data on your iPhone, there are three steps:
- See you in your Settings.
- Select General.
- Then go to IPhone storage.
So in the form of a graph, you will discover the space of your iOS and the types of data it fills. Right below you will find a list of the apps on your phone that are taking up your memory.
What does the Other category correspond to?
It is common for the size of the Other category to be 5 to 10 GB. To understand what it represents, scroll to the bottom of your apps list to see the space occupied by System and Other.
Like on Macs, the Other portion is a catch-all. It consists of system files, caches, Siri, updates …
Also, when you download content through iTunes Store, App TV, and Music, they are indexed as media content, but their caches are automatically classified as Other. Those in Safari can also take up a lot of space.
Recommended article: how to clear iPhone memory and cache?
How to reduce data size in Other?
You will not be able to completely get rid of the Other files, however it is possible to reduce their size. To do this, first try to clear your Safari caches:
- Open Settings.
- Meeting on Safari.
- Choose Clear history and site data.
We also recommend that you modify your backup of old messages. Just open your Settings, go on Messages, then on Message history.
By default, the option Keep messages is always set to Indefinitely, but you can change the duration to 30 days or a year to reduce the data that the Messages app keeps.
Finally, return to IPhone storage and take a look at the list of apps. Most of them store data that can be classified as Other. If so, delete the app in question.
How to backup and reset your storage with iTunes?
To remove Other in its entirety, you need to reset your iOS. The best way to do this is to use iTunes or Finder, on your Mac or PC.
- Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes or Finder.
- Select your iPhone by clicking on the phone icon at the top left
- Under Backups, choose This computer.
- Check the box Encrypt the local backup, then configure a password.
- Click on the button Save now.
When it is finished, disconnect your iPhone and go to Settings → General → Reset and choose Clear all content and settings.
Your iOS will then be ready for use again.