How to Delete “Other” on iPhone and iPad in iOS 14 or 13

Have you ever wondered what is “Other” on iPhone storage? To speak the truth, you are not alone to have found it a bit mysterious. It’s the home to a variety of stuff like browser history, cookies, logs, caches of photos and videos, database files and more compiled by your apps. And if you don’t delete “Other” from your iPhone, the redundant files can pile up to eat into tons of storage on your device.

With just a bit of care, you can stop the junk files from going overboard. Frankly speaking, clearing “Other” data from the iPhone had never been so straightforward before. Moreover, you have multiple ways to get rid of the Other data from iPhone or iPad storage.

How to Delete “Other” Data from iPhone Storage

Step #1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device → Now, tap on General.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Next, tap on iPhone/iPad Storage → Now, check out how much storage has been used and how much space is left.

Check iPhone Storage

Have a look at the thing that has consumed most space on your device. The most obvious villains would be Other, apps, photos, media and even mail.

Scroll down to see how much storage each app has eaten into. Most likely, you will be surprised to see the total amount of space some of the apps, which you have been using for long, have consumed. The so-called “other data” of respective apps may be a lot larger than their actual size.

Once you have found the culprits that have virtually hijacked the storage on your device, go for the mission cleanup. Unlike before, iOS offers you more flexibility.

Step #3. Tap on the app which data you wish to eradicate.

Tap on iPhone Storage and Tap on the App you Want to Remove Documents and Data on iPhone

Step #4. Next up, you have two options: Offload App or Delete app, select the option based on your need. As we are talking about removing the data of particular apps, deleting would serve the purpose.

Offload App: By offloading apps on your iOS device, you will be able to free up storage used by the app but keep its data. And when you reinstall the app, you will be able to reinstate the associated data.

Offload App on iPhone or iPad

Delete App: Choose it if you want to delete not just the app but also its entire data.

Delete App to Clear Documents and Data on iPhone or iPad

Manually Get Rid of Other Data from Your iOS Device From Time to Time

They say, “A stitch in time saves nine.” You can easily prevent your device from being cluttered by managing apps smartly. One of the most helpful tricks is to clear the cache and redundant files from time to time. As most apps let you remove the cache with ease, you won’t find it difficult to stop them from cluttering your device. Let’s check out all the possible ways.

Delete Safari Cache and Website Data

Safari keeps a record of the things you search so that the next time you wish to revisit a site or jump to the same thing, you can access them instantly. Though it’s very helpful, the cache and website data, if not deleted regularly, can pile up to be problematic. So, it’s worth clearing Safari Cache and Website Data.

Review and Delete Large Attachments in Messages App On a Frequent Basis

If you love sharing fun-loving videos, hilarious GIFs, and gorgeous images a lot, there is a strong chance that you have a number of large attachments. Getting rid of them can do a world of good for the storage of your device.

Step #1. Open Settings → Tap on General.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Tap on iPhone/iPad Storage → Tap on Messages.

Tap on iPhone Storage then Messages on iPhone or iPad

Step #3. Under Documents & Data, you have the option to view how much storage your photos, videos, GIFs, stickers, and even conversations have eaten into. Head to the respective section and delete the unwanted things.

For instance, if you want to remove the unnecessary Videos, tap on Videos → tap on Edit button.

Select Message's Media and Tap on Edit on iPhone or iPad

Step #4. Select the Video/s you want to delete and then hit the Trash button.

Delete Message's Media on iPhone or iPad Settings

Clear Your Mail Cache

If not dealt strictly, even Mail cache can go on to capture a fair amount of storage. To get rid of it, simply delete your email account from the device and then re-add it. To do so,

Step #1. Open Settings → Tap on Accounts & Passwords.

Tap on Settings then Accounts & Passwords in iPhone or iPad Settings

Step #2. Tap on the Email account.

Tap on Mail Account on iPhone or iPad Settings

Step #3. Tap on Delete Account and confirm.

Delete Mail Account from iPhone or iPad

Now, tap on the back button and then hit the Add Account. Next, add the account as usual.

Clear History of Third-party Apps

Don’t let the junk files of third-party apps become too large. It can go a long way in letting you manage the storage of your iOS device perfectly.

Restore Your Device

Haven’t been able to completely remove “Other” from your iOS device as yet? It’s time to restore the device as new or from the previous backup. It can play a vital role in eradicating the useless files. Jump here to Restore your iPhone from iCloud or iTunes Backup.

Find It Too Tedious to Manually Remove “Other” from Your iPhone? Go for iPhone Storage Cleaners

If you want to have more control or wish to clear “other” from your iOS device more efficiently, choose one of the best iPhone storage cleaner apps or software. They can’t just save your valuable time but also help you to keep your device in top-gear by keeping redundant data at bay.

Wrapping up:

Assuming, you have found the right ways to stop cache and junk files from making life difficult for your iPhone’s storage. Have any questions? Shoot it in the comments below.

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The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.