I am sure that most of you have encountered the term “Other” when first connecting your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to a computer. In case you wonder what this “Other” data is all about, let me tell you a few words. Therefore, “Other” space represents a combination of local caches from apps, browser, mail, messages, reading list, saved games, notes or voice memos. As you can see, this might represent a huge amount of space filled up with useless files.
In case you want to clear all the “Other” data stored on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you have several alternatives that you can try out. As I mentioned earlier, the following guide will work just fine on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
However, first, you need to see if the other data represents a storage problem in your case. For some, the amount of space occupied by the other data might not represent a problem. In the same time, for some users who tend to save multiple files within their devices, this might represent an issue.
In order to check the amount of data saved you need to open Settings, go to General and then to Usage. There, you will be able to see the available space left as well as the used one. The difference between the used amount of space and the actual space used by the apps represent the “Other” data.
As an alternative, users have the possibility to check the “Other” space using iTunes. Just connect any iOS device to iTunes to see the yellow “other” number. If the number is pretty high, the following tips will help you decrease the amount of used space.
1. Delete Large Messages and Threads
All those iMessages and text messages can actually take up a lot of space. This tip is designed mostly for iPhone users, but it can turn out to be pretty useful for other iOS devices. It is worth mentioning that messages take up a lot of space when they share photos, videos or other large files. Regular messages should not represent a space problem.
2. Clear Safari Cookies, Data and History
The iOS’s default browser might use a high amount of data especially if users use it as daily internet browser. Safari lists its caches and cookie data in “Documents & Data”. This means that you have to delete Safari specific data separately.
For this, go to Settings, Safari and tap on “Clear Cookies, Data, History”.
3. Delete Voice Memos
The third and last trick I want to mention that will help you delete unnecessary stored data is related to Voice Memos. If you tend to use Voice Memos frequently, then you need to follow this step. Open Voice Memos, tap on the memo you want to delete and then tap on the red Delete button. Unfortunately, you will have to repeat the process for each memo.
As a bottom line, after you have followed the previous steps, in order for changes to take place, you need to restart your iOS device. In this way, the device will recalculate the usage data, and it will reveal the exact amount of used space on your iOS device.