Many people wonder what is taking up all of their space on their iPhone, one thing that can do this on your iPhone is other storage, this guide will help you clear up some space on your device.
You may have a situation where you need some extra storage on your iPhone, you could be trying to download an update or install a new app and you do not have enough space.
In order to clear some space on your iPhone, you can delete some apps and files another thing on your iPhone to looks at is other storage.
How can I check my iPhone storage?
You can see what your iPhone storage is used for by going to Settings > General > iPhone Storage on your device. This will show you what apps are using up space on your device.
What is other storage on the iPhone and how can I free it up?
You can see the Other section on your iPhone at the bottom of the apps list, there are two listing, one for System and one for Other.
Other is basically storage that is used by a number of apps on your device, you can clear some of this storage on your iPhone and there are a number of ways this can be done.
Try clearing your Website Data and History
One way of easily clearing some of this storage on your device is to clear your website data and history, this can be done in Safari.
In order to clear website data and history you need to go to Settings > Safari and the scroll down to Clear History and Website Data.
Once this has done you can check to see if this has had any impact on the amount that is used by the Other storage on your device.
Try changing messages from Forever to 30 days or 1 year
Another thing that we can do is change how long messages are stored on our device, the default settings is Forever and if you have a lot of messages this can take up space.
You can either change this setting to 30 Days or One Year instead of Forever, this can be done by going to Settings > Messages and the scrolling down to Keep Messages > then choosing 1 Year or 30 days. If you do this it will delete all of your older messages after the time period you choose.
This hasn’t cleared much space what else can I do?
If this has not cleared much of the space used for Other on your iPhone, then there could be a bug that is causing the storage to be used up. This is something I have experienced myself a number of times on my iPhone.
One thing that you can do to possibly clear this storage is a Backup and Restore of your device, this is the nuclear option as it involves completely backing up your iPhone, then wiping it and doing a full restore. This can take some time depending on how much data you have on your device.
You can find out how to do a full backup and restore of your iPhone over at Apple’s website, this is something that we plan to cover in a future article.
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