If you’ve ever been an iPhone user using a 16GB model, then I’m certain that you’ve been irritated with the “storage not available” prompt. However, checking the storage typically reveals that the majority of it’s being hogged by “Other”. So, what is this “Other” storage and why does it take up a lot of space? So, here’s all about the “Other” storage and how one can keep it low.
Well, the “Other” in your iOS or iPadOS devices is actually the space taken up by all the additional data of your apps, music, movies, and different system files in your device. As we all know that every app, music, or movies that we download need some additional space. Moreover, this “Other” also consists of all of the information and data to make the device work correctly.
However, with time, the “Other” keep on growing and at one level, you would possibly see that the majority of your storage is hogged up by this category of data. Now, it is likely to be due to a recent “issue”, as described by Apple. So, right here is how one can fix it, according to the Cupertino-based tech giant.
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Update Your Device to iOS 13.6.1
So, if you’re running an outdated version of the OS, then follow the steps below to update your device:
- Open “Settings”.
- Go to “General” and tap “Software Update”.
- Wait for just a few seconds and you will see the update pop up on the screen.
- Then tap the “Download and Install” button to begin the process.
- Fill in your device passcode and wait for the process to finish.
So, right here’s a method to keep your “Other” storage in control. However, there are just a few other ways to keep it low.
Other Ways to Clear Up the “Other” Storage
Now, aside from updating your device, you’ll be able to tweak some settings to maintain your storage in control. One of those methods is clearing Safari’s cache from its settings. And right here’s how you can do it:
- Open “Settings”.
- Go to “Safari”.
- Scroll down a bit and tap the “Clear History and Website Data”.
Although this can clear out your Safari data as you’ll be able to tell from the title of the button, it can also clear out the “Other” data in the storage.
Other than this, you’ll be able to try and manage your storage by deleting photos from your “Recently Deleted” folder often and setting the auto-delete option in your iMessage settings to 30 days. Or you can back up all of your pictures to “Google Photos”. And if you’re an Apple Music subscriber, you too can limit your music storage on the device.
So, this was all about the “Other” data and files in your iOS or iPadOS device. We hope this helps to maintain your iPhone or iPad storage in control.