After using your iPhone for some time, it is natural for it to start slowing down. Sometimes it can be the moment to say goodbye to your current iPhone and splash for a new one (after trading), but other times the issue of sluggish iPhone may be under your control. In fact, the solution can be as simple as clearing our your storage space. No. No He storage space. Your iPhone’s “Other” storage.
The Other Storage section of the iPhone can be a major memory hog. If you’ve run out of storage before and tried to free up space manually, you may already be familiar with other storage. If not, then before we dive into how this weird category is deduced, let’s take a look at what it is.
What is the other storage of the iPhone?
The Other section is a mysterious, catch-all corner of your iPhone’s storage. Think of it as a place where system files and things like Siri voices can be stored. But the main reason it can be a memory hog is because of caching: Your cache stores elements of apps or websites so that they load faster the next time you use them. The cache collects items when you browse the web, stream videos or movies, and when you send text messages with pictures or videos. In apps like Google Maps and Chrome, cached data can soon start to drain your available storage on the device.
To check how much space other storage is using, you have to go for Adjustment , General , iPhone storage, After a moment’s calculation, you’ll see a bar graph of the categories that are taking up your iPhone’s storage. The Other Storage section is usually the gray area on the right side of the graph.
iOS 11 introduced new ways to free up space, including the option to offload apps you don’t use regularly.
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Assuming that your other storage is taking up more space than that, here are a few things you can do to help you replace it.
Not to be confused with deleting an app, offloading an app means the app is removed from your device, but all the data is Maintained, when you decide to reinstall it. Take advantage of this trick, especially if you have apps like Google Maps that use up a lot of space but don’t store much data. To offload an app, go back iPhone storage In Settings > General, tap on the app you want to offload and then offload app,
Here’s a tip: In the iPhone Storage section, there is a list of apps with a number next to each name that indicates the storage it uses. You can instantly get an overview of which apps are hogging the memory or just taking up a bit. This will help you decide which one to take off.
Clear Safari Cache and Close Tabs
If you use Safari often, your iPhone may be storing web history and data that you don’t need. To clear Safari’s browser cache, go to Settings > Safari And Clear history and website data. And if you’re a Chrome user, here’s how to clear the cache on Google’s browser.
Closing the tab also helps to free up memory and keep your device running smoothly. You can manage how often Safari will close open tabs Adjustment , Safari , Close Tab, You can close tabs manually, or let Safari close tabs that haven’t been viewed for a day, a week, or a month.
Stop storing texts forever
By default, your iPhone will forever store all the text messages you send and receive. This is convenient if you need to view conversations that are 15 months old, but not so convenient if you need your storage space. To stop your phone from saving texts forever, open Adjustment and tap messages, Scroll down until you find Message History and tap keep message, Change Always To 30 days either 1 year, A pop-up will ask you if you want to delete the old messages; tap delete To move forward.
reset your iphone
If all else fails, a surefire way to dump a lot of junk contained in other storage is to reset your iPhone, even if you can’t completely empty it.
For more iPhone tips and tricks, check out these hidden iOS 15 features, iPhone settings to change ASAP, and how to make your iPhone feel like your old Android phone. Plus, we have tips to make your phone last longer before you need to replace it.