We've written about this before. But the “Other” data (shown in iTunes) is an issue that keeps popping its head all too often. Most of this “Other” data is cache, notably Messages cache. And that includes a lot of photos and videos that you share.
In this short tutorial that is exclusively for users who have jailbroken their iPhones (or about to jailbreak), we'll check out a method that lets you delete all media (photos, videos) that you have shared through the Messages app on your iOS 7 device.
The only thing you need for this to work is iFile. You can install iFile through Cydia.
There are some benefits to clearing out the media/photos/videos contained in the various MMS/iMessage threads on your iPhone. Foremost, you get more space on your iPhone. Secondly, if you find that the Message app is slow, lagging or buggy, deleting a ton of media usually clears up the clog and makes Messages work faster and better.
The one downside to this is that you will lose all the media unless you have a message backup in iCloud or iTunes.
Now that the pros and cons are clear, here's how to delete or clear out the media in the Messages app through iFile:
- Close the Messages app (quit it from the task switcher)
- Open iFile
- Go to /var/mobile/Library/SMS/Attachments
- Tap on Edit on top-right
- Select all the folders
- Tap on the trash icon from the menu at the bottom
- Tap on Move to Trash
- Next up, you might want to empty the trash too. Tap on the Trash icon again and then on Empty Trash.
Remember that this removes every little piece of media that has been shared: photos and videos and files that you have sent or received via the Messages app disappears. If you check the Messages app for the remnant of the photo/video that you shared, this is what you'll see.
This will clear your Messages app of all media data but the conversations will remain. One more reason to jailbreak, yeah.