If your iPhone is low on memory, a great way to check what you can erase to clean up some space is by heading to the Settings app. You can examine the iPhone Storage screen under the general menu for a detailed analysis of your device. However, you may be frustrated to see that a portion of your phone’s space is taken up by content labeled simply as Others. In this guide we will explain how to delete Others from iPhone storage.
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Running into that category of Others on the iPhone storage screen can be frustrating. While Apple labels the space occupied by installed applications, system files, multimedia and messages, the Other category is a mystery.
Simply put, the Others section is made up of everything Apple hasn’t classified into one of its assigned categories. Common files categorized within the Others section include system files, application caches, and update files.
It can be difficult to determine precisely what is classified and stored as Other. Here are some of the more common culprits that could be stealing your iPhone storage and detailed instructions on how to erase them:
Safari cache and website data
Safari is the default web browser on iOS devices. To load web pages faster, you can store files on your device for later use. If you allow it, Safari cache files and website data can grow out of control.
Here’s how to clear the Safari cache on your iPhone:
Step 1: open the application Setting.
Step 2: scroll down and select Safari.
Step 3: touch Clear history and data.
Old iMessages and text messages
Despite having a dedicated message category, old messages on your device can take up space in the Others category. If you don’t feel the need to keep your iMessages and text messages forever, you can set them to automatically delete after a specified period of time.
Step 1: open the application Setting.
Step 2: Scroll to and select Posts.
Step 3: Find and click Keep messages on Message history.
Step 4– Select to automatically delete messages after 30 days or 1 year.
Cache and Mail App Files
Another app that stores a local cache on your device is the iOS Mail app. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to clear the cache and all associated files. Our recommendation to address this category is to simply remove your email account from your iPhone and then add it back.
You can manage all current email accounts by opening the application Setting and navigating to the section Passwords and accounts, then tap the account and choose Remove it.
If you need more help after setting up your email again, check out our guide on how to add your email account to an iPhone.
Streaming app cache files
Many streaming apps will use a cache to ensure your experience runs smoothly, but this can start to take up space on your device. The streaming apps include options like Spotify, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Prime Video, HBO Max, and more.
To clear an app’s cache, you’ll need to uninstall it and then reinstall it. Before proceeding, make sure you know the password for your streaming account so you don’t have problems logging in again.
Step 1– Find the app on the home screen and hold until the context menu appears.
Step 2: touch the option Remove app.
Step 3: when prompted, select Remove app.
Step 4: Open the App Store and download the application again.
If you have a device with iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 and its “Other” storage section is out of control, you may be experiencing an error. Apple has noticed that a problem in iOS and iPadOS 13 can prevent the system from automatically freeing space.
Updating your device to the latest version available can fix the problem. Follow our guide on how to update your iPhone for more information on how to get the latest version of iOS.
Suppose you have followed the instructions above and still find that the “Other” storage category is consuming the space on your iPhone. In that case, you can try to reset your device and restore it from a backup.
Be sure to check out our guide on how to reset your iPhone if you decide to go this route. Remember to be careful when restarting and restoring your iPhone so as not to lose any unrecoverable data.