If you have ever wondered what is taking up the full space on your iPhone, you can easily find out from the Settings menu on your device. One of the most frequently asked questions about storage on your iPhone is what is itOther storagesOr as Apple now calls it in iOS 15, System Data. These tips will also work on your iPad as well.
This guide is designed to help you understand what Other Storage uses for your iPhone on your device and how you can remove some to free up space on your iPhone.
You might have a situation where you need some extra storage on your iPhone, you might be trying to download an update or install a new app and you don’t have enough space.
In order to free up some space on your iPhone, you can delete some apps and files if you have already done so, another way to clear some space on your iPhone to look at is another storage.
How do I check my iPhone storage?
You can find out what your iPhone storage is being used for by going to Settings > General > iPhone Storage on your device. This will show you which apps are using space on your device and give you an idea of how much space you might be able to free up on your iPhone.
What is other storage space on my iPhone and how do I free up it?
You can see the other section on your iPhone at the bottom of the apps list, there are two lists, one for iOS and one for system data (it was called other)
Other iPhone storage is basically storage space used by a number of apps on your device, you can clear some of that storage on your iPhone and there are a number of ways that can be done.
Try clearing your website data and history
One way to easily clear some storage or other system data on your device is to clear your website data and history, and this can be done in Safari.
In order to clear website data and history, you have to go to Settings> Safari and scroll down to Clear history and location data.
Once this is done, you can check to see if this has any effect on how much other storage on your device is using.
Try changing messages from ‘forever’ to 30 days or 1 year
Another thing we can do is change how long messages are stored on our devices, the default setting is forever, and if you have a lot of messages, this may take up space.
You can either change this setting to 30 days or 1 year instead of forever, and this can be done by going to Settings > Messages and scrolling down to Keep messages > then choosing 1 year or 30 days. If you do, all your old messages will be deleted after the time period you choose.
This didn’t make much space, so what else should I do?
If a lot of space used for Other is not cleared on your iPhone, there might be an error that is causing storage space to be used up. This is something I have tried myself many times on my iPhone.
One of the things you can do to wipe this storage is to backup and restore your device, and this is the nuclear option because it involves backing up your entire iPhone, then wiping it, and doing a full restore. This may take some time depending on the amount of data you have on your device.
Another thing that you can do to free up some space on your iPhone is to offload some unused apps, you may have a number of apps installed on your device that you no longer need.
To do this, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and you will see an option below that that says Offload Unused Apps This can free up quite a bit of storage space on my iPhone and I was able to free up about 4.7GB of storage using this feature.
We hope this guide explains what other iPhone storage is and how you can clear some of it from your iPhone to free up some extra space. These tips are based on the latest version of Apple’s iOS software, iOS 16 which is the current version at the time of writing this article. You can find out more information at Apple website.
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