Lack of external storage is a major set back for any iPhone user, atleast if you are using a 16 GB variant and roadblock to use this minimal space is even worse. For the last few days, I am getting lots of Emails and comments to check what this Other space is and obviously how to reclaim other space on iPhone. To throw some light on this issue, let me tell you, Other space is nothing but the cache of Messages/iMessage stored on your iPhone even if you have deleted them.
I have seen people commenting on forums how their iPhone’s 6-10 GBs of space is getting wasted in Other and surprisingly there’s no action from Apple’s side. If you are not too much relying on iMessage/Messages and still there’s good amount of memory used up by Other, please have a look at How To Fix Storage Almost Full On iPhone. In case you happen to use iMessage a lot, then stay here and learn How To Reclaim Other Storage On iPhone :
I figured out three ways which helped me to clean up Other storage, you can opt any method, some will work and some will not. But don’t worry, by the end of the article you’ll end up freeing up your entire Other space.
How To Reclaim Other Space On iPhone – Method 1
Step 1 : Head over to Settings and look out for Messages, tap on it.
Step 2 : From the message section scroll down to Message History and then tap on Keep Messages.
Step 3 : Adjust it to 30 days, tap on Delete and Restart your iPhone.
Bang, check your Other space and you’ll see GBs of reclaimed space which is obviously usable now.
How To Reclaim Other Space On iPhone – Method 2
In order to reclaim iPhone storage space, method 1 will work for almost every user. But in case it didn’t work for you, lets see the method 2 to delete saved messages off iPhone.
Step 1 : Move onto Settings -> General and then Spotlight Search.
Step 2 : From the Spotlight Search section, uncheck Messages.
Step 3 : Head over to Message App and delete all text messages.
Step 4 : It’s time to open the Multitasking screen by double tapping the Home button and close all the running apps.
Step 5 : Now Soft Reset your iPhone by holding the Home and Sleep/wake button simultaneously for 10 sec.
Step 6 : Repeat the process multiple times until you clear out other space on iPhone.
How To Reclaim Other Space On iPhone – Method 3 :
This method is little bit tedious, but the good thing is, it’ll not delete your messages. Instead, it will delete all the attachments associated with the messages.
Step 1 : The first and foremost thing is to backup your iPhone through iTunes.
Step 2 : Now download iBackupBot on your Mac/Windows based machine, follow the installation procedure and Open iBackupBot.
Step 3 : iBackupBot’s sidepane will show you all the backup stored on your Windows/Mac machine. Select the backup you did recently.
Step 4 : Now look up for Multimedia Files section and Select Other Multimedia Files tab.
Step 5 : Search for MediaDomain/Library/SMS/Attachments, highlight each of them and finally press Delete. In case you want some attachments for future reference, you are always welcomed to export them to your PC.
Step 6 : From the sidepane, head over to System Files > MediaDomain > Library > SMS > Attachments. Highlight all the attachments and delete them.
Step 7 : Now, restore this modified backup to your iPhone and you’ll instantly see GBs of free space.
This method works best to clear out other space on iPhone without deleting the iMessages.
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