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How to remove “Other” data from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

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If you use an iOS device you must have come across the mysterious Other that has clogged up your phone s space. While Apple has categorized things that have taken up space on your phone, it is this Other category that has frustrated many iOS users. One such frustrated iPhone user took to Reddit and with the help of fellow iPhone users has posted some helpful tips on how to clear the Other data. Also Read - Apple regains top spot in global smartphone shipments as Samsung slips

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The user named Death_Star_ says that one way of clearing some space on your phone is by going through your old messages or message threads and deleting them. With an increasing number of photos and videos being shared via messages these days, the app takes up more space than you realize. So the logical step is to delete the old messages from your device. Also Read - iPhone SE 2022 will be called iPhone SE Plus, iPhone SE 3 to launch in 2023

Another helpful step is to check the apps that are hogging space on your device. While an app only takes so much space when installing it for the first time, over time it collects data that is stored on your device. You can check which apps are taking space on your phone by heading to Settings -> General -> Usage -> Manage Storage. Once there, you can either manually clear an app s cache or uninstall and then reinstall the app.

The last step, which is a bit extreme, is to factory reset your device. If you need to take this step, take a full backup of your device on iCloud, and then reset your device. You will need to reinstall your apps, but this step is useful since it doesn t backup your Other data.

The steps mentioned above should help you clear precious space on your iOS device. The space crunch on iOS devices was recently in the spotlight when Apple released iOS 8. The update required users to have 5-7GB of free space on their device, and as Apple commentator John Gruber noted last month, people found it difficult to make so much room on their device before they can initiate the update. The task was a challenge for users with 8GB variants of the iPhone 4S and 5C.

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  • Published Date: November 28, 2014 11:04 AM IST



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