iPhone Tutorial -How to deal with iPhone ‘other’ storage? And how can you remove it
iPhones now offer more storage than ever before, but without the option to add a microSD card, you may still feel that this is not quite enough.
Gratefully, there are some options for clearing this myriad of leftover files and caches. Here’s how to do some spring cleaning.
How to check your iPhone storage?
The color-coded bar will show how your available storage is partitioned, appearing as the “other” gray color. The full stay count may take a few seconds, so just allow a little time.
What is “other” storage?
Here you can see, “other” is a way of grouping together a large number that does not fit into any other category.
How to shrink “other” storage?
Option 1: Clear Older Messages
You can swap it for 1 year or 30 days, which will explain anything beyond those parameters.
Select sections to delete, and then free some space to empty them.
Option 3: Backup and Reset
We ideally want to avoid this, but Apple’s file system only gives users what they allow you to purge.
This means that sometimes it is easier to just restart, restoring the device from a backup.
Connect your iPhone to a PC (and use iTunes) or a Mac (and look in the sidebar of Finder). Back up your device using either method and make sure to select the “Encrypt local backup” option to save the account password.
Once you have done this, unplug your phone and go to “Settings”, “General”, “Reset” and “Erase All Content and Settings”.