With the usage of iPhone for easing out daily activities or work activities, it consumes a huge portion of your iPhone storage space. With time, the unwanted or undesired data on iPhone piles up. So, how to clear cache and other data on iPhone quickly? Just get solutions from this page.
What is Other in iPhone Storage?
In iPhone Storage, Other comprises your iOS and all of the files that don't fall under labeled categories like Photos, Apps, or Media. These include app data (also known as Documents & Data), call history, notes, voice memos, Mail and Messages attachments, completed reminders, and similar tidbits of user data. Although none of these files are particularly big they tend to add up, especially if you have a lot of apps and actively use browsers, which you probably do.
Let's start your iPhone cleanup with the easy stuff — the files you created yourself. Go over all your apps and delete:
your call history
Don't forget to empty the Recently Deleted folders in Notes and Reminders, as well as empty the Trash in Mail. After that, we'll move to the trickier part of Other data: files generated by your apps, also known as Documents & Data.
What is Documents and Data on iPhone?
In Settings > General > iPhone Storage there's a list of your apps sorted by the amount of space they occupy. When you tap on each you see how much the app itself takes up, and then how much its Documents & Data do. So what are those "documents", exactly? They can include the following
offline media content
Depending on which apps you use more often, some of your biggest space hoarders will include browsers, social media apps, and content-heavy apps like Spotify or Netflix. Identify apps that have the largest chunks of Documents & Data, they will be our targets in the next section.
How to delete Documents & Data on iPhone
Now that we know what we're after, here are several ways to slim down your apps' data.
Clear app caches in their Settings
This works pretty well for browsers, because Safari and Google Chrome actually allow you to delete cache, either in iPhone Settings or in the Settings within the app.
To clear Safari cache, do the following:
Scroll down to Safari
Select Clear History and Website Data
For Chrome, follow these steps:
Open the app
Go to Options > Settings
Tap Clear Browsing Data
Select the browsing data you want to delete (cookies, history, cached images and files) and tap Clear Browsing Data
Some other apps have this feature as well, so rummage around in their Settings to see if you can clear the cache.
Delete and reinstall apps to clear app data
Unfortunately, most data-heavy apps like Facebook and Snapchat don't have cache cleanup, so the only way to purge their Documents & Data is to delete the app itself and then reinstall it. Before you do that, make sure you have all the login info, because you probably don't want to get locked out of your social media accounts.
Delete offline content
Many apps allow you to save content for offline use, which is a great way to stay entertained or find your way around when you don't have internet access. But once you've watched an episode it's easy to forget about it, so look around in some of your apps and see if you have offline content left behind. It can include:
Movies and series in Netflix
Music in Spotify or Apple Music
Areas in Google Maps
Files in Google Drive or other cloud storage apps
Videos in educational apps like Coursera and Skillshare
With all that done, the Other section of your storage bar should shrink considerably. But if your goal is to clear all useless stuff cluttering your iPhone — not just Other data — we have a bonus tip.
Bonus tip for a cleaner iPhone: do a Photos cleanup
Sure, nobody likes deleting their photos, because those are memories and people keep them for a reason. But most libraries have a fair amount of photos that are useless clutter, not memorable shots. For example:
two-four photos that look exactly the same (taken to pick a good one later)
photos of notes, bills, schedules (taken for a temporary need and then forgotten)
screenshots (same case)
photos that are plain bad (dark or blurred)