What Is ‘Other’ Storage On An iPhone And How To Clean It

John Jack
3 min readMar 9, 2021

When your iPhone doesn’t have enough space to store data, you can go to the Settings app to know what can be deleted to free up some space. If you want to know about your device’s storage division, you can see it on the iPhone Storage screen located in the General menu. You may find a section called ‘Other’ in the storage division having a large portion of the storage. This guide will let you know about the ‘Other’ storage section and how to clean it.

‘Other’ storage

It may be frustrating when you will find a storage section called Other having large storage space under the iPhone Storage screen. Apple lets you know all the storage sections except ‘Other’ by labeling them as installed apps, system files, multimedia, etc. but leaves Other as a mystery. You can consider this mysterious section as a place of storing data that aren’t stored under the categorized sections.

Cleaning ‘Other’ storage section

Finding what type of data is stored under ‘Other’ category may be challenging for you. That is why we have included some possible culprits that can steal your iPhone’s storage and also the ways to clean them.

Safari cache and website data

  • Go to the Settings app.
  • Under the Settings, go down and choose Safari.
  • Hit on the option called Clear History and Website Data.

Old iMessages and text messages

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Go down and choose Messages.
  • Now tap on the option called Keep Messages under Message History.
  • Then choose auto-delete messages after a certain time (30 Days or One Year).

Mail app cache and files

The iOS Mail app collects a local cache on your iPhone. Unluckily, there is no ideal way to erase cache from files. Still, you can solve this problem by removing and re-adding your email account on your iPhone.

You can see all currently active email accounts by accessing the Settings app and heading to the Password & Accounts section. Under the Passwords & Accounts, look for the account that you have to delete and hit on the Delete button.

Streaming app cache files

  • To clear the app cache, you will need to uninstall and install the app.
  • Look for the streaming app and press and hold on to it until you see the context menu.
  • Now hit on the Remove App option.
  • Choose the Delete App prompt to delete the app.
  • To install the app, go to the App Store and download it again.

Storage problem with the iOS 13

If you use an iOS device with iOS 13 or iPadOS 13, you may experience a bug with the ‘Other’ storage problem. According to Apple, the issue may be with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, which doesn’t allow the system to clear the space automatically. So, the latest update for the newer iOS version can fix the issue.

Do the above instructions solve your storage problem?

After using the above directions for freeing up space on your iPhone, if you are not able to clean the Other storage section, you can consider a reset for your device by storing a backup. Before resetting your device, learn about it from the internet and then proceed ahead. Mainly take caution while restoring the data on your device to avoid losing any data.

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