If you have an iPhone, go to Settings, General, and then iPhone Storage to check your storage.
You’ll undoubtedly notice a lot of familiar categories consuming your storage space, such as apps, photos, and so on. However, there is one category, typically quite large, that may cause concern: “Other.”
It’s light grey in color and often takes up a large amount of the overall storage space.
What is ‘Other’?
Scroll down to the “Other” category for further detail (right at the end). It doesn’t mention much, except that it includes the system’s caches, logs, and other resources. Not very helpful.
Logs are records of what we do with or on our phones. A phone might register that it connected to a WiFi network, established a Bluetooth connection with a device, backed up data, or visited a web page, for example. The log files are typically simple records that take up little space, usually only a few megabytes.
Caches, on the other hand, might clog up your “Other” storage far more quickly.
When we watch movies or listen to music on our iPhones, the phone will attempt to download as much of the content as possible. One of the key reasons for this is to reduce the appearance of the dreaded spinning wheel that appears when content is buffering.
All of this information (referred to as a “cache”) must be saved someplace, and it quickly fills up your device.
This cached content is available in a variety of apps, including your web browser (such as Safari, Chrome, or Firefox) and social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.
Why is it taking up so much space?
While cached data may appear to not require much storage, it’s astonishing how massive streamed media content can be, much alone the image-rich social media apps we all enjoy. When you look at the list of apps and their storage allocations, you can easily see how much space is being used.
However, according to the App Store, Facebook only takes up 255.4 MB. As a result, the app has taken up an additional 1.9 GB of space. Where did the additional 1.9 GB come from? It’s most likely caches of images, videos, and other stuff that your phone had to keep in its own memory storage in order for you to go on Facebook without seeing the dreaded “buffering” spinning wheel.
How do I clear ‘Other’ or get rid of it?
The most effective method also happens to be the most extreme. To actually reduce “Other” storage, you’ll need to backup your phone, then reset it before restoring it from the backup.
This process will erase the majority of the “Other” storage on your iPhone, but it will take some time and effort.
How can I keep it from getting huge in the future?
Sad to say, with the majority of iPhone usage, cached files will be recreated. Nevertheless, there are a few things you may do to save space.
If you don’t want to reset your iPhone, look into the apps that are taking up cache space.
Social media apps are a fantastic place to start because they frequently cache a large number of photographs and videos. While most apps don’t provide you the choice to clear your cached data, deleting and reinstalling the app will clear all of your cache files.
Your web browser could also be to blame (typically Safari on most iPhones).
Scroll down to Safari in the Settings menu and select “Clear History and Website Data.” Most cached data linked with your web browser will be removed as a result of this action.
If you’re using another browser, such as Chrome or Firefox, go to Settings and repeat the procedures.
Excellent! Any other iPhone storage tips and tricks?
Consider deleting old SMS and iMessages if you wish to keep continuing.
Standard written text messages take up very little space, but photos and videos exchanged among family and friends can quickly fill up storage.
Consider offloading apps as a final resort. You can delete apps that aren’t used very often on modern iPhones. While this will not definitely minimize your cache storage usage, it will help you save space.
There isn’t a straightforward way to keep track of how much space your iPhone is using up. Minimizing photographs and videos will help, but apps and their cached data take up a lot of space.
Without having to wipe our devices, we can strive to keep on top of unexpected storage usage with attentive tending.