Freeing up space on our iPhone becomes a nightmare when everything seems essential to us. From photos, through videos and music, and ending with the applications we use daily; It is not always an easy decision to delete content to gain storage on our mobile. However, there’s a secret no one told youand it has to do with caching.
Almost all owners of an iPhone have asked themselves the question what does “Other” mean in the storage section. And it is even more surprising because on many occasions it can occupy a large space without us even knowing what it is or what it is used for.
It’s a way for Apple to label data and documents that don’t fall under previously assigned categories. At the others, we will find a collection of system filesapplication cache, update files that we no longer use… In short, data that we don’t need and that take up a lot of space.
How to Remove “Other” from iPhone and Save Space
So, since we don’t need these files, we might as well delete them without too much trouble. In this way, you can gain some extra space to take those photos of the trip to Paris; or download music and podcasts to listen to while you’re on the subway. All you have to do is follow these steps:
Clear Safari Cache
Let’s start with something almost no iPhone owner does; And it’s clear safari cache. Many times we don’t even know what can be done because Apple doesn’t explain it either and the procedure for doing it is buried in Setting.
- Enter the app Setting from your iPhone.
- Scroll down and enter Safari.
- Here look for the option Clear history and data.
Of course, this will not only clear Safari’s cache, but also you will have to say goodbye to your search history. If that’s not a problem for you, it’s a great way to save some extra space.
The Mail app, a silent enemy
Mail, the messaging app that comes preinstalled on all Apple devices, is also one of the enemies of our storage. This application stores its local cache on our iPhone, and of course we must take care of its data if we want to let our mobile breathe a little.
There is no easy way to delete cache and related files in Mail app on iPhone. However, you have the option to delete your email account and add it later on your iPhone. To do this, follow these steps:
- go to Setting.
- Here, go in E-mail.
- Press on accounts.
- In this section, you can see all email accounts associated with Mail. Select them, then press Delete account.
This will remove all your email data from the Mail app on your iPhone. Now all you have to do is set it up again. To do this, you just have to go to this same section of accounts and press add an account. From there, you just need to follow the steps given by the system.
Be careful with iMessage and SMS
Messages on your device can accumulate in the Others section. For that, deleting text messages and iMessages could free up space that you thought you didn’t have. Moreover, you can also set your iPhone to automatically delete these messages after a certain period of time.
If you want to do that, do this:
- Enter for Setting.
- Go to section Posts.
- Here select Save messagesjust below the Message History section.
- Choose whether you want them deleted after 30 days or one year.
Ready. Now whenever the specified time window passes, your iPhone will free up space automatically by deleting old messages.
Delete cache used by streaming apps
Services such as Spotify, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max and all those others that work under transmission, hoard space on your iPhone. They do this by using cache memory, which ensures that your content viewing experience be as smooth as possible.
However, you can get rid of this cached data once in a while, just to make sure your iPhone is behaving properly.
Unfortunately, the process is a bit cumbersome. You will need to uninstall each of the apps whose cache you want to clear. This is the case in the Apple ecosystem, because we cannot manually delete the cache in each of the applications like in Android or Windows.
- Come into Setting.
- go to General.
- Here press Space on iPhone.
- Navigate to the app you want to remove.
- Click on Eliminate. This will remove the app along with all of its content.
- Now download the app again from the app store and log in as usual.
Ready. With this method you should be able to free up a good amount of space on your iPhone. Remember to repeat the process from time to time to prevent apps from hogging memory on your system.
I am Bhumi Shah, a highly skilled digital marketer with over 11 years of experience in digital marketing and content writing in the tech industry.