How to Clear Other Storage on iPhone - 4 Easy Ways

Clare Weaver
Last updated: Sep 4, 2023

In this post, you will get to know what is Other in iPhone storage and how to clear Other storage on iPhone if it is huge. Just keep reading!

Many Apple users are confused about Other storage on iPhone. It’s hard to figure out what is included in Other storage.

You may just see that the Other storage takes up a lot of space, but don’t know how to clear it.

In this post, what Other storage includes will be explained first, and then 4 practical ways on how to clear Other storage on iPhone will be introduced in detail.

iPhone Other Storage Huge? Here's How to Clear It

What Is Other in iPhone Storage?

iPhone storage is divided into several parts. Each part is as clear as its name except for the category - Other.

Other storage(iOS 14 and earlier), also called System Data (iOS 15 and later), includes caches, logs, and other resources currently in use by the system. This value will fluctuate according to system needs.

So when your iPhone Other storage is huge, just start by cleaning these caches, logs, etc.

How to Check Other Storage on iPhone?

After you have a basic understanding of Other storage, you can follow the steps below to check your Other storage:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap GeneraliPhone Storage.
    Check iPhone Other Storage
  3. A colorful bar will show you the iPhone storage distribution.
  4. To see the clear Other storage data, scroll down and tap Other.

In addition, using Finder/iTunes to view Other storage is also available.

Just connect your iPhone to your computer>Open iTunes/Finder>Click your iPhone icon and you will see a colorful bar showing each content distribution>Move your mouse over the bar, then you can see how much space each content occupies.

How to Clear Other Storage on iPhone

Unlike Photos, Mail, and Apps, you can’t clear all Other storage from your iPhone, but there are various ways to reduce it.

So, if you want to reduce the Other storage on your iPhone, you can try one method mentioned below or practice them all!

1. Clear Safari Cache

First, let’s start with an easy-to-do way - clear Safari cache. It saves you from tedious steps and proves to be effective in reducing the Other storage on iPhone. All you need to do is to:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Find and tap Safari.
  3. Tap Clear History and Website DataClear History and Data.
    Clear History and Website Data to Clear iPhone Other Storage
  4. Tap Close Tabs or Keep Tabs according to your needs.

Most of the time, Automatically Save Offline is not necessary. It saves all Reading List items from iCloud for offline reading. So just turn off it.

2. Update iOS

Updating iOS is an effective yet easy way to clear Other storage on iPhone, which is recommended by Apple officials.

After updating, some temporary files, caches, etc will be removed. And some new features that take up less space will replace old features, saving you a lot of space.

Perform the following actions to check for an update: Open SettingsGeneralSoftware Update.

3. Clear Built-in App Cache

As you can see, the Apps is one content category shown at the colorful bar. However, here the App refers to the built-in app of iOS.

With time, your iPhone may accumulate more and more built-in app caches, like Music cache, Notes cache, Voice Memos cache, etc.

There is no way to clear these caches directly, However, you can manually clear them by deleting these apps and reinstalling them.

But if there are some important data, you can make a backup before deleting it, or just delete the unimportant content in them.

4. Reset iPhone

Reset iPhone is one of the most effective ways to free up your iPhone space. But this will erase all your data.

So before resetting your iPhone, remember to transfer your important data to your computer, external hard drive, USB stick, etc.

Back up important data to iCloud is also a good choice. But it’s worth noting that iCloud only offers you 5GB of free space. The extra use needs to pay.

Follow the steps below to reset your iPhone:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap General>Scroll down and tap ResetErase All Content and Settings.
  3. Enter your passcode>Tap Erase iPhone.

More Ways to Clear Storage on iPhone

The ultimate aim of clearing Other storage is to free up more space. Therefore, besides the above 4 effective ways to clear Other storage, there are more ways to clear storage on iPhone.

As the iPhone lists so many content categories at the iPhone storage bar, in the case that you want to clear the whole iPhone storage, try to clear it by:

  • Optimize your iPhone storage by referring to recommendations.
  • Offload/delete the unused app.
  • Back up your important data to your computer, USB stick, external hard drive, etc. and delete them on your iPhone.
  • Delete Messages and set your messages to auto-delete.
  • Delete large attachments.

Final Words

In this post, 4 effective ways to clear Other storage on iPhone are introduced one by one in detail. Hope these methods help you successfully out of the "iPhone Other storage is huge" problem.

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Clare Weaver

Clare Weaver has been captivated by the world of Apple products since the launch of iconic iPhone in 2007. With a wealth of experience, Clare is your go-to source for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and all things Apple.