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Where to find and how to delete the space occupied by the "other" files on iPhone or iPad [iOS Storage Tips]

A problem often found on the devices iPhone cu small storage space, those with 16 GB, is lack of space available.
The applications have grown a lot, and the ones social networking such as Facebook, WhatsApp and games end up consuming a lot of one's storage space iPhone.
When on iPhone there is no more storage space available, alerts begin to appear informing the user that it is time to delete less important content or uninstall applications and games used very rarely.

"Storage Almost Full”Is a notification that appears when you have no space left macwould take another picture with iPhone or iPad.

"Can not Take Photo"With the invitation to go to"Settings”To manage the storage space of iPhone.

How to identify the applications and files that occupy the most space on iPhone or iPad

See which are the files that take up the most storage space on a iPhone or iPad, we go to “Settings”→“General”→“iPhone storage".
At the top of the screen will be displayed graphically the space occupied by pictures, applications, e-mail messages, media files and "others".

As can be seen in the image above, there are situations in which this "more”(Other) takes up huge storage space on iPhone. The screen above is on a iPhone 6s cu 16GB storage, but the problem is also on iPhone 7, iPhone 6 or iPhone 8.

What are the "others" files in iPhone Storage and how they can be deleted

Since the report in iPhone Storage was not very conclusive and did not explain to us who and where are those "others" files whose size occupies a significant space pe iPhone, I connected iPhone at a MacBook cu iTunes installed and I went to the details iPhone from the application.

The space called "Other"In iPhone Storage are actually files and documents stored iPhone. These can be caches of the Safari browser, saved game files or by others applications installed pe iPhone. In addition to these files, the ones from iCloud which were stored on iPhone through the "Files" application. Normally after a while these files from iCloud should only remain at the "shortcut" level iPhone, to be downloaded only when the user wants to access them.

How to delete "Other" files from iPhone or iPad

Unfortunately this step implies total reset a iPhone and deleting all applications and games installed, but if you do a backup before you do this, you can restore all of the content without having to reinstall your applications manually.

Step 1 - How to backup all content on iPhone or iPad

online iPhone or iPad to a PC or Mac on which you have installed the latest version of iTunes, then from the top bar click on the connected device.
In the details page of iPhone from iTunes, go to "Backups", select where you want to backup iCloud or on the computer), then click "Back Up Now" and wait until the backup process is complete.

Step 2 - How to reset iPhone to the factory settings and delete all content from it

Offline iPhone from iTunes then go to "Settings”→“General”→“Reset”(Penultimate option below) →“Erase All Content and Settings".

When you access “Erase All Content and Settings"The lock password will be required iPhone and the password iCloud. Follow the required steps and wait until the data deletion and reset process is complete. During this operation the device will be unavailable.

After the reset is done and reset iPhone you have two possibilities. Either manually reinstall the applications and restore their settings, or connect iPhone to the computer that was backed up and use the "restore" option to restore the data.

Once this operation is completed, go to "Settings”→“ General ”→“iPhone Storage ". You will notice that you have more storage space available and that "OtherIt takes up much less of it.

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