iPhone ‘Other’ storage: What is it and how do you delete it?

“You’re trying to download and install the latest iOS release, or take some photos, or download that cool app your friend told you about, and your iPhone says the storage is full,” Jason Cross writes for Macworld.

“You’ve already deleted every app you don’t think you need, and there’s still not enough space,” Cross writes. “So you look at your iPhone storage in Settings page and, sure enough, your iPhone’s storage is full.”

“Worst of all, a huge chunk of it is just categorized as Other,” Cross writes. “What’s that supposed to mean? How do you get rid of it?”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s usually Safari caches that take up a big chunk of “Other.” Try clearing browsing history and see if “Other” decreases. Other tips in the full article.


  1. Apple’s piss poor attempt at allowing the user to see and manage files on his own iOS device and on Apple’s goddamned cloud is perhaps the most disappointing thing about the whole platform. Apple’s documentation is practically nonexistent, its iOS file controls pathetic. This article offers little comfort.

  2. I thought the article was going to be more helpful. The short of it is 1) clear Safari cache, 2) Limit time Messenger keeps old messages and if that is not enough, backup and restore to factory settings.

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