How to remove Other to free up space on iPhone/iPad

The iPhone storage might be an issue for some iOS users especially people who own a 16 GB iPhone/iPad and take a lot of photos and videos or other media on the device.

Certain apps will often store large temporary files, clog up the usable space, or issues with some software that takes the big space. Fortunately, there are some ways to reduce the size of the Other so that it does not impact on your usage of the iPhone. Here is a guide to minimize the amount of Other on your iPhone/iPad without losing all your content.

There are a number of reasons why the size of Other is so large. There are certain files that your iPhone/iPad will show up in Other such as voice memos, calendars, game data, browser cache and more. However, some files hiding in Other are unnecessary and take up precious space of your device.

  1. Delete iMessage Data or Conversations

Our message conversation threads are now becoming very rich data due to the growing capabilities in the iPhone camera and the size of photos.

For example, when you send an attachment in Messages, the attachment remains with the thread until you delete it.

Deleting large file attachments is a good solution to free up Other portion of storage and bring you down to a manageable capacity again. Just tap on Details in the top right corner to view all of the attachments or your contact have sent. You can delete them just by tapping and holding Copy, Delete, More options.

Deleting these can free up a lot of space, especially if you have already saved the attachment files. You should delete the whole threads of unneeded conversations in order to minimize space.

  1. Remove Clogged App Data

Cache or saved data sometimes is not dumped consistently by the application. If you are looking in your Storage and Usage tab, and see that some apps like Twitter or Facebook is taking up a large amount of your space, it may be contributing to Other.

To free up the storage, you should delete and then re-download the app from the App Store. It will resolve this issue as the app begins fresh and lets you log in again to get your information.

You should also pay attention with apps, which you do not use often. It might contain large file sizes. Delete unnecessary apps that are not frequent uses and retrieve them from your Purchased when you need.

Also read: How to Bring Back Apple Music App in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

  1. Back Up and Erase All Contents

Sometimes, you have some software corruption on your iPhone/iPad, so it is a good idea to erase all contents and get it fresh. Using iTunes is probably the popular way to do this. First, you need to connect the device to make a backup.

Once the process is complete, go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings.

This will wipe your iPhone/iPad back to factory settings. After that you can reload your content from iTunes and check the size of the Other.

If the Other figure is the same after the restore, your device may need to be set up as new.