What is the Other on my iPhone Storage and How to Remove It


What is the Other on my iPhone storage? The Other space takes up 5.9GB memory on iPhone capacity, how can I remove it and release the space?

Kelly Woods

July 16, 2015


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Symptom: Frankly I rarely cared about the free space on my iPhone until it ran out today and my iPhone warned me to release some space. The first thing that I were considering initially was to delete some large game Apps. But when I connected to my computer, I noticed that a "Other" bar was consuming 5.9 GB of my iPhone's 13.57 GB. Does anyone know what the Other means on my iPhone?

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What is the Other space on my iPhone

What is taking up "Other" space on my iPhone

Analysis: Some of you may think the Other on iPhone storage is the pure OS taken space or Safari, email temporary data. But that's not the complete answer.

Part of iPhone "Other" space is taken up by iOS, the operating system running on your iPhone. For this part, this is no way to reclaim the free space from that. However, the Other part of iPhone storage space also contains sort of caches and temp files generated by App and iTunes syncs, and some of them won't be used long-term.

The size used by Other on iPhone storage largely depends on the App you currently installed on the phone. The more caches and temp files created by Apps, the more space consumed by Other. And of course, it may slow your iPhone down.

Solution: it is hardly to put up with 2-3GB space taken by Other on iPhone, especially we even have no idea about what exactly it is. So to remove the Other, you can try to reclaim this space by doing a sync with iTunes; in other cases, you may have to go through a full backup and restore process.

Because iTunes is terribly slow and troublesome on Windows PC (Best iTunes Alternatives ), and every time we sync our iPhone with iTunes will take lot of time. So, alternatively, you can use an iPhone Cleaner program to remove the Other files on your iPhone.

PhoneClean is an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch cleaner application, which is dedicatedly designed to free up space on iPhone; clean App cache, cookies, and history; sweep off media temp files, etc.

How to Delete Other on iPhone with PhoneClean

Firstly, go to download and install PhoneClean on your computer. There are two versions for you: Windows & Mac.

Step 1. Launch PhoneClean, and connect your iPhone to computer via a USB cable. Click on "Quick Clean" tab on the homepage.

What Is Other on iPhone and How to Remove it

What Is Other on iPhone and How to Remove it

Step 2. Here you will see various types of junk files PhoneClean supports, select them, and click the "Start Scan" button on the bottom.

What Is Other on iPhone and How to Remove it

What Is Other on iPhone and How to Remove it

Step 3. After the scan finished, PhoneClean will show you the specific junk files detected from you iPhone. Preview and select the junk files you want to remove, and click the "Clean" button.

What Is Other on iPhone and How to Remove it

What Is Other on iPhone and How to Remove it

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The Bottom Line

If you are on a 8 GB or 16 GB iPhone, finding out what is Other on iPhone storage and removing it is an effective and fast way to free up space on your iPhone. Take a tour with PhoneClean >

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