Have you ever wondered what is “Other” on iPhone/iPad storage as shown in iTunes? If you've noticed, the “Other” data (shown in the below image) often occupies a helluva lot of space. It drives me nuts to see that this data can be much more than everything else – including music, at times. Eventually, it piles up to a level where there just isn't enough space for an app.
Well, one good thing is I'm not alone. It's a problem a lot of users face. And if you're not familiar with things like cache, cookies, album art and stuff that's common between Mac/PCs and iPhones, you're going to keep wondering what this huge amount of mysterious data is! There's nothing mysterious about it.
How to Check Documents and Data of Each App on iPhone and iPad
Each app stores its documents and data on your device. Wondering what that data is? Well, they are browsing history, cookies, logs, caches of photos and videos as well as database files stored by apps. You can easily check out how much data each app has stored on your device before cleaning it up.
Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on General.
Step #2. Tap on iPhone/iPad Storage.
Step #3. Now, scroll down to the list of the apps.
Check out how much storage each app has consumed on your device. To have the better view, tap on any app. I'm going to tap WhatsApp as I use it a lot. You'll notice that the app itself is actually quite small. In the image, you see that the app is just 98.6 MB whereas the data stored is whopping 10.32 GB. This 10.32 GB is what goes into your Other data.
If an app like WhatsApp can store over 10 GB of data, think of all the album art your Music stores, think of the cache data from Safari/Chrome, think of cookies, text messages, Facebook data, etc. It's huge. And this huge thing is what clogs up space in the form of “Other” data.
This is not strange or something unique. Things like these happen, and you'll just need to ensure they don't pile up to become problematic for your device.
How to Remove “Other” from iPhone and iPad
The easiest way to wipe out the documents and data of any app is to delete and then reinstall it. If you don't want to remove all the data, make sure to take a backup of the app before going for the kill.
To delete an app, just touch and hold on it. When it starts wiggling, tap on the X button and then tap on Delete in the popup to confirm.
iOS 11 or later allows you to offload unused apps without deleting their documents and data. The associated data of an app remains either on your device or in the iCloud. Hence, when you re-download the app, you can recover the data.
Follow this quick guide to offload apps on your iPhone and iPad.
How to Clean Up iPhone and Optimize Performance
There are several ways you can smartly manage the storage of your device and optimize its performance. Head over to this complete guide to never let your smartphone get cluttered for space.
It's become a lot easier now to manage the data of any app. There are several apps like Twitter that allows you to clear its data without deleting the app. Hence, you can clean up the apps from time to time to ensure their data doesn't go overboard.
You might want to check out these posts as well:
- How to Clear WhatsApp History on iPhone
- How to Clear Dropbox Cache on iPhone
- How to Clear Snapchat Cache History on iPhone
- How to Auto-Delete Old iMessage Chats in iOS 11