Every smartphone, be it an Android phone or iPhone (and iPad) carries limited storage capacity. In iPhone, you will find that there is ‘Other’ category where your smartphone saves all kind of data. All cache, all settings preferences, saved messages, voice memos and much more. For that very reason, you need to remove/delete other documents data files from your iPhone and iPad.
There is a small problem, which you might face while removing the other data files from your iPhone and that problem is that you just can’t open your iPhone and remove it. You need a good amount of patience and while following the methods we are providing below you will be able to get rid of the other data.
How to Find and Remove/Delete Other Data Files from iPhone and iPad
Check your iPhone or iPad’s Current Storage Space
Step #1. Go to Settings and tap on General.
Step #2. Now, tap on Storage & iCloud Usage and then tap on Manage Storage.
Here you can see the apps, which are listed by their size on your iPhone or iPad. The apps with a large number of data in stored are the main culprits of having a significant part of ‘Other’ data.
Check your iPhone and iPad’s Storage Space by using iTunes
When you are in connection with iTunes, you can check how much the ‘Other’ category is using your iPhone and iPad storage via a graph of various categories. Here is how you can check that.
Step #1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes if it doesn’t open automatically.
Step #2. Now, Click on the ‘device icon’, which you will find on the top left corner of your screen.
Step #3. Next, Click on ‘Summary’ in the menu, which is on the left side of the iTunes window and just hovers your mouse over ‘Other’ section at the bottom of the iTunes window.
Now, you can see how much space the ‘Other’ category is occupying on iTunes. Now it is time to do some cleanup exercise.
How to Clear Safari Caches and the Offline Reading List on iPhone or iPad
The website data from Safari can also eat significant space on your iPhone or iPad, so let us see how we can remove that data.
Step #1. Open the Settings and then scroll down to find Safari, once you find just tap on it.
Step #2. Now, tap on ‘Clear History and Website data’ and when a prompt message pops up, tap on ‘Clear History and Data.’
Step #3. Tap on < Settings on the top left corner of the screen and scroll up to tap on ‘General.’
Step #4. Tap on ‘Storage & iCloud Usage’ option and then tap on ‘Manage Storage.’
Step #5. Now, Scroll down to tap on ‘Safari’ and then tap on ‘Edit’ on the top right corner of the screen.
Step #6. Tap on the ‘Remove’ icon, which is in red color to the left of the ‘Offline Reading List’ option then tap on Delete.
When you recheck the Storage List after this process is over, you will find that Safari carries no data at all.
How to Delete Mail Caches on iPhone or iPad
When you open a mail with an attachment like document, picture or video they are saved in ‘Other’ category so that next time when you open the same attachment in your mail, it opens faster. But not always that you reopen those emails, and you also don’t open kinds of stuff which are there in the mailbox but sent months back. Here
is why you need to clear the mail cache.
Step #1. Open Settings → Mail.
Step #2. Now, Tap on Account option. It would be good if you select all your mail accounts to free maximum amount of space, but you can choose accounts individually as well.
Step #3. Tap on the email account you want to delete, and then tap on Delete Account. Repeat this exercise on all email accounts if you wish to free more space.
Step #4. Now, under the same option tap on ‘Add Account.’
Step #5. Select the type of the account you wish to add and then enter your login credentials.
How to restore your iPhone and iPad from a backup
This is the last method you can use it just in case there is an over excessive amount of storage in the ‘Other’ category. You may also use this method if you find some corrupted data on your iPhone and iPad as well because it needs to be removed. This is how you can restore your device from a backup.
First of all, you need to disable ‘Find My iPhone’ option before restoring your device from backup.
Step #1. Go to Settings and then tap on iCloud.
Step #2. Now, Scroll down to tap on ‘Find My iPhone,’ when you find to put the toggle to off.
Step #3. Enter your Apple ID password and tap on ‘Turn Off.’
Step #4. Now connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes if it doesn’t open automatically.
Step #5. Click on the ‘device icon’ on the top left corner of your screen and then click on ‘Summary’ on the left side of the iTunes window.
Step #6. Click on ‘Backup Now’ if the backup doesn’t start automatically and when the process is over click on ‘Restore Backup.’
Step #7. Select backup for your device and then click ‘Restore.’
This process would take at least ten minutes, and once it is over, there will be no corrupted data on your iPhone or iPad.
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