How to Delete Other Data on iPhone Selectively or Absolutely

Other data could take a lot of space on iPhone and you can tell it from its name that it is not the common data. Follow this passage to know what is other data on iPhone, where it is stored, and how to delete other data on iPhone.


By Dylan / Updated on May 30, 2023

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How to delete Other data on iPhone

My iPhone X said Storage Almost Full so I went to Settings to delete the unnecessary data and uninstall some apps so that I could install new apps and download videos on my iPhone. I have noticed that there are about 10 gigabits of data categorized into Other? What does it mean and how can I clear this part of data?

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iPhone has been always taking part in daily life. Even if you order an iPhone of 512GB, space could be used up. When you see the alert that you are going to run out of iPhone storage, the first thing that comes into your mind might be deleting files and apps.

To have an overview of the usage of iPhone storage, you need to open the Settings app on iPhone, expand General section, and then select iPhone Storage. Usually there are five kinds of data on your iPhone, Apps, Media, Messages, Mail, and Other.

iPhone Storage

It is easy to understand the meaning of Apps, Media, Messages, and Mail but what does Other data mean? If you don’t know what it is, you cannot find that way to delete it. In fact, to clear it is easy. Follow this guide to know how to delete Other data on iPhone.

Section 1. Where is Other data stored on iPhone?

Other data could be stored in every app on your iPhone. It consists of system files, cache of music and videos, updates of iOS, and etc.

Why the cache of music and videos are not classified as Media? The most possible reason might be that they could not been played without the Internet, exported to computer, or transferred to another device. They are not paid and the purpose of storing them on iPhone is to help you quickly listen to the music or watch the videos again. Such kind of data are usually stored in iTunes Store, Podcast, TV apps, and Music apps.

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Section 2. How to reduce Other data on iPhone

To remove Other data on your iPhone, you can directly delete them in iPhone Settings. In iPhone Storage section, select the music apps and video apps and tap Delete App to remove the app and the related data. After you reinstall it from Apple Store, you will get a clean app. If you tap Offload App, only the app itself would be deleted but the data would remain. After you reinstall it from Apple Store this time, the data will be automatically imported.

Besides deleting everything in this app, you could also clear just caches in every app. Before you clear the cache, you’d better check whether there is useful data in it and whether you remember your accounts and passwords because usually you would be required to log in again after the cache is cleared. If you have saved your accounts and passwords to Keychain, feel free to clear the cache.

• To clear Safari Caches:

Go to iPhone Settings > select General > select iPhone Storage > select Safari > tap the option Website Data at the bottom > tap Remove all Website Data.

• To clear Chrome Caches:

Open Chrome on iPhone > tap the dots icon > select History > Check “Cookies, Site Data," and "Cached Images and Files > tap Clear browsing data.

Messages could save the cache of text and media files, there is the option to save just recent data.

• To clear iMessage Cache:

Go to iPhone Settings > select Messages > expand Message History > select 30 Days, 1 Year, or Forever.

• To clear Apple Music Cache:

Go to iPhone Settings > select Music > switch off iCloud Music Library > then switch on iCloud Music Library

For other apps, usually, you just need to open them, select storage, and then tap Clear Cache. However, there is another way to clear all the Other data from your iPhone.

Section 3. How to erase Other storage on iPhone (1 step)

The ultimate way to remove the Other files from your iPhone is to give it a fresh restart. It means clear everything. In fact, this is often used to rescue iPhone from all kinds of severe issues. Backup iPhone to computer because there might be a lot of useful information on it.

Go to iPhone Settings > select General > select Reset > select Erase All Content and Settings.

Erase All Content and Settings

Section 4. How to get rid of other data on iPhone (Professional)

If you want to have a quick operation to clear Other storage on iPhone, you could use FoneTool. It is so professional to help you erase iPhone data and also help you save iPhone data at the same time.

Step 1. Download FoneTool for free. Connect iPhone to PC with USB cable. Input your passcode to unlock the iPhone and select Trust This Computer.

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Step 2. Select Toolbox after the home screen appears. Choose iPhone Eraser.

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Step 3. Adjust the settings according to your situation.

Erase Options

Step 4. Click the button Erase Data.

Begin Erase


When you want to clear iPhone data to release storage, you would find Other storage is huge. This passage has told you what it is and how to delete Other data on iPhone. You can easily delete everything on iPhone.

FoneTool is recommended because it helps you easily save and erase iPhone data with 1 click.

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Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.