Are you confronted with the oft-asked– What is “Other” on iPhone? The good news is you are not alone to have gone through this path and spent a lot of time wondering what this mysterious data is. To tell you the truth, I have been there as well!
Before talking about the ways and means to delete the unwanted data, let’s first take a deep look at what is Other on iPhone storage and what actually it consists of. Simply put, it includes a number of things, and if not shot down on a frequent basis, they can clutter your device for space. More after the break:
What is Other Data on iPhone or iPad and How to Delete It
“Other” data often runs into several hundred MBs (and in some cases some GBs). On a 16GB or 32GB device, that can be really bad. And even if you’re using an iPhone which boasts a lot of storage, if “Other” occupies plenty of GBs, that’s worrisome.
What Goes Inside “Other” Files?
According to Apple, “Other” files include several things like:
- Audio: Songs, audio podcasts, audiobooks, voice memos, and ringtones
- Video: Movies, music videos, and TV shows
- Photos: Content in your Photo Library, Camera Roll, and Photo Stream
- Apps: Installed apps and the stuffs included in their Documents & Data
- Books: iBooks books, audio books, and PDF files
- Documents & Data: Safari Offline Reading List, files stored in installed apps. Besides, it also consists of app contents like contacts, calendars, messages, and emails and their attachments
- Others: Also includes Settings, Siri voices, system data, and cached files
Check How Much Storage “Other” Files Have Consumed on Your iOS Device
iOS lets you check out how much storage has been used and how much is left. However, it doesn’t show the amount of storage consumed by Other. To view how much storage is left on your device, go to Settings → General → iPhone/iPad Storage.
Check iPhone/iPad Storage Used by “Other” in iTunes
To check how much storage is consumed by Other files on your iOS device, connect it to your computer using USB cable → select it from the top left corner → click Summary in the left-hand column.
After scanning your device, iTunes will show the storage graphically at the bottom of the window. You can hover over the yellow section of the graph to view how much space has been used by “Other” storage.
So, why are cached files created?
Apple says that cached files are created whenever you stream or view content like music, videos, and photos. It’s primarily done to let you quickly access your content again. Apps also make a residue of temporary files in order to load faster on your device.
The main reason why storage amount on iOS devices doesn’t match with what iTunes reports is that the media library segregates cached music, videos, and photos as Other instead of actual songs, videos, or photos.
iOS is designed to automatically get rid of the cached and temporary files when the device is in need of more storage. However, the operating system is not always consistent or doesn’t clear Other files from the iOS device with the desired efficiency. As a result, if you don’t spare time for the cleanup, the cached files will hijack tons of storage of your device.
How to Delete Other Data from iPhone or iPad
Now that you have resolved the mystery find the right way to delete the Other on your iPhone. You have multiple options to clear the junk files. For instance, you can manually clean them up or take the help of third-party apps or tools to get rid of them more efficiently. To kickstart your mission cleanup, follow this comprehensive guide.
Hopefully, you no longer have any question regarding Other files. Let us know your feedback down below in the comments.