Removing ‘Other Data’ from your iPhone or iPad is a good habit and creates your personality as a pro-iPhone user. For common users, Other Data can be as mysterious as ‘other man’ or ‘other woman’ in the life of their spouse (just kidding, don’t take it to heart).
Apart from mystery, Other Data can spoil your iPhone experience as such data occupies space if you are using 16GB iPhone. Before you get rid of ‘Other Data’ you should know what it is and how it can ruin your smartphone experience.
For a common iPhone user, Data means what they can see; for example, videos, pictures, song files, documents etc. But your iPhone stores many other things in the background while you are using stock and downloaded apps. This means, Messages, Calendar, Mail, Maps and other apps create cache files in the background and thus, they pile up ‘Other Data’. To put it in nutshell, data, excluding media, belongs to this ‘Other Data’.
In a day, you send and receive many messages, pictures, videos and documents via Messages app, WhatsApp, Mail app etc. These attachments also pile up other data in your iPhone. Slowly and gradually, the data balloon up and begin to create problem.
How Other Data Spoil Your iPhone Experience?
An iPhone is arguably the best communication device produced by Apple. But it has its own limitations; unlike other smartphones, it can endure some vagaries, but data is something that causes problem for any smart device. If your iPhone is left with little space, it will run slow. With the speed of a snail, you can hardly perform tasks like sending or receiving messages & emails, and sync your iPhone with iTunes. Moreover, burgeoning ‘Other Data’ can stop you from using Camera app. It goes without saying that you won’t be able to save photos captured on your iPhone. One fine day, your iPhone will stop storing any data.
If you want to see and check ‘Other Data’ on your iPhone, you can follow steps given below.
How to Remove or Delete Other Data from iPhone and iPad
Step #1: Launch Settings app on your iOS device.
Step #2: Tap on General.
Step #3: Now tap on Storage & iCloud Usage.
Step #4: Next, tap on Manage Storage from STORAGE section.
Here, you will find Used and Available storage on your iPhone. Below this, you can also see space occupied by all the downloaded and stock apps.
Normally, Facebook and WhatsApp occupy more space than other apps. Tap either on Facebook or WhatsApp and you will see that actual App Size is small but ‘Documents & Data’ size is quite larger. This is ‘Other Data’ that occupies space in your iPhone.
You can also check this data by connecting your iPhone with iTunes on Mac or Windows PC.
How to Check Other Data On iPhone and iPad Using iTunes
Step #1: Sync your iPhone/iPad with iTunes using lightning cable.
Step #2: Normally, iTunes quickly pops up after the connection, but if it doesn’t appear, click on iTunes.
Step #3: Click on your iPhone/iPad icon from the upper left corner of your computer/Mac screen.
Step #4: Click on Summary from the menu on the left side of iTunes screen.
Step #5: At the bottom of iTunes screen, you will see a colourful strip; hover your mouse on Other tab to see the size of Other Data.
How to Clear Other Data from iPhone and iPad
Step #1: Before you follow the steps mentioned below, take a backup of all data on iTunes or iCloud.
Step #2: After taking the backup, go for resetting your iPhone.
Step #3: Launch Settings
Step#4: Tap on General
Step#5: Next, Tap on Reset Option
Step #6:Tap on Erase All Content and Settings.
iPhone may ask you to enter your iCloud password or iPhone passcode; type in your password and confirm the action.
Once you finish above steps, connect your iPhone with iTunes and restore data from backup.
Your above action will delete all temporary files, cache, cookies and other data like album art. All this data occupies large space on your iPhone. Note that the above steps can clear a lot but not everything on your iPhone. You just can’t get rid of ‘Other Data’.
As a smart user, you need to perform this action frequently. Now you will enjoy smooth interaction with your iPhone.