How to check your iPhone or iPad’s storage space

You can quickly see what apps are taking up space on your iPhone or iPad by checking out the Usage folder in the Settings app.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Storage & iCloud Usage.
  4. Tap Manage Storage.


iphone ios other spaceYou will see, listed by size, what apps you have on your iPhone or iPad. The larger apps may be the culprit for storing a lot of Other data.

How to check your iPhone or iPad’s storage space using iTunes


When connected to iTunes, you can see a graph of your iPhone or iPad’s storage categories in the device Summary section. This is where you will distinctly see how much space the Other category is using.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes if it does not open automatically.
  3. Click on the device icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  4. Click on Summary in the menu on the left side of the iTunes window.
  5. Hover your mouse over the Other section at the bottom of the iTunes window to see how much space the category is using.


How to clear Safari caches and the offline Reading List

Some culprits that takes up Other space on your iPhone and iPad are history and website data in Safari. These are useful for accessing websites quickly, but are not a necessity.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Safari.
  3. Scroll down and tap Clear History and Website Data.
  4. When prompted, tap Clear History and Data.
  5. Tap < Settings in the upper left corner of the screen.
  6. Scroll up and tap General.
  7. Tap Storage & iCloud Usage.
  8. Tap Manage Storage.
  9. Scroll down and tap Safari.
  10. Tap Edit in the upper right corner of the screen.
  11. Tap the red Remove icon to the left of the Offline Reading List.
  12. Tap Delete to the right of the Offline Reading List.

How to delete iMessage caches

Similar to emails, all of the pictures and videos you receive through MMS are stored in the Other category in your storage. You can delete entire conversations, set messages to delete after a certain period of time, or delete individual images and attachments. We have a full guide for deleting iMessages and attachments.


From Quora:

How can I determine what the “Other” space in my iPhone is taken up by?

Shane Elliott

I’d imagine if you jailbreak the phone you can use a 3rd party app to examine that data and give you specifics, but typically “Other” is data, files, cache etc… used by the various Apps on your phone.  I’ve heard stories about people reclaiming large amounts of that data by clearing their Safari history, cache, and cookies on the phone.

The rest of those files are likely just system cache and app-related files like cover art for iPod songs, etc… Unless it gets absurdly huge I wouldn’t worry too much about it.  On Apple’s forums people say that if you Restore your phone you can clear the Other data entirely.

Hope that helps.

How can I empty the other space on iPhone 5s?

I have IPhone 5s and I just got 1.7 gig music and 5.1 gig pictures other are not big enough to take up All the other 8 gig available
So I open iTunes and it shows a big chunk of my storage is “other”
How can I empty it up ? preferably without resetting

There are just too many things that require physical storage that labeling all of them would result in a bar that stretched much father than what your computer screen would allow. That’s why Apple chose to lump a lot of things into the “Other” category. Basically, the Other category consists of anything that doesn’t fit neatly into any other category. And mostly, it’s seems like it’s filled with cached files and data. That can include:

  • Documents & Data
  • Safari browsing data
  • Mail data
  • iTunes data, including files that have been streamed

The most effective way to clear out “other storage” is to perform an iTunes backup and restore. But if you don’t want to reset your iPhone, you can iMyfone Umate for help. It is professional software which is designed to free up sapce on iPhone, It can free up your iPhone space and speed up your device by two steps. You have no need to worry about data lost. Because it not only  scan your iPhone and find the junk files which need to be deleted, but also make lossless photo compression to save your space. What’s more, it can manage and delete unnecessary apps to reclaim storage. Now it supplies a free version. Awesome! It helped me saved more than 3 GB space.