How to remove ‘Other’ Data, files from iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
There’s nothing better than finding apps that fit your personality and lifestyle when you buy your new iPhone or iPad. The frustrating part is when you run out of room, especially if you have an iPhone version that only has 16GB of storage.
What’s even more frustrating is when much of that valuable space is taken up by “Other.” That’s right. Mysterious “other data” takes up space on your phone without you even inviting it. Over time it can take up a heck of a lot of space – to the point that you can’t load any more precious apps.
What is other data? It often includes settings, browser caches, old system files and more. If you want to see how much space is taken up by other data:
- Open up iTunes on your computer and connect your iPad or iPhone to it.
- Select your device at the top and click on “Summary” in the left-hand sidebar. You will see how much storage is taken up by your device’s content.
- Take your mouse and hover over “Other” to see how much space it takes up.
If you don’t have a computer, follow these steps:
- Launch the settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap on “General” then “Storage and iCloud Usage.”
- Go to the storage section and click on “Manage Storage.”
- Click on apps like Facebook and you will see much of the space is filled up with “Other Data” dealing with that app.
There’s a way you can eliminate that “other data” and free up more space on your iPhone,iPad and iPod touch.
Tips #1: Restore device to factory specifications
Before you do anything else, backup your iPhone or iPad to iTunes or iCloud. Make sure everything is backed up before you proceed.
Once you do that, launch “Settings” and click on “General.” Tap on “Reset” and select “Erase All Content and Settings.” Enter your password if your device asks for it in order to proceed and reset your phone.
Once done, connect your device to iTunes or iCloud and restore your phone from backup.
That should eliminate much of the temporary files, cookies, cache and other items and free up more space.
There are other steps you can take to free up space and remove other data.
Tips #2: Delete Safari Cache
Clearing the cache of the iOS operating system’s Safari browser will give you more space as well. To do so, go to “Settings” then “Safari.” Once there, choose “Clear History and Website Data.” That will clear your browsing data.
The websites you visit also often leave data on your iPhone or iPad. To delete it go to Settings>Safari>Website Data>Remove All Website Data.
Tips #3: Delete Mail Caches
Your mail app can also contribute to your other data. A cache of videos, pictures and documents mailed to you are stored on your device. Here’s how to delete it, but before you do make sure you have the password so that you can re-connect to your email.
Open “Settings” and go to “Mail, Contacts, and Calendars.” Select an account and tap “Delete Account” to clear the cache.
Once done, go to “Settings,” scroll to “Mail, Contacts, and Calendars,” and go to “Add Account” to re-connect.
Tips #4: Delete Old Messages
Messages also pile up over time. Often they are messages that you do not need anymore. Here’s what to do.
Go to “Messages” under “Settings.” Scroll down to “Message History” and hit “Keep Messages.” You can choose to delete messages older than 30 days or older than a year.
The other option is to delete individual messages. To do so, tap the “Messages” icon then tap “Edit” at the top of the screen. Select each message thread you want to delete and tap “Delete.”
Tips #5: Clear App Caches
Check other apps like Google Maps to see if it gives you the option of clearing the cache manually. Go to Settings>General>Usage and click on your appsto see if they have an option to “Clear Application Data.” Again, you can look at the apps to see which ones eat up the most memory. They are the ones to start with when you are clearing bloat away from your iPhone or iPad.
Tips #6: Delete Siri Voices
Do you love Siri so much that you gave her other voices? That’s OK. No one will tell. But those voices are taking up space.
Delete voices by going to Settings>General>Accessibility>VoiceOver>Speech and clicking the “Edit” button. That will bring up your voices and give you the option of tapping the “Delete” button on voices that you want to remove.
Following these steps will rid your phone of much of that “Other Data” that tends to expand and consume it over time. You may want to take some of these steps periodically to keep your iPhone or iPad from getting bloated again.