iPhone slow?  "Other" storage may be the culprit

iPhone slow? “Other” storage may be the culprit

After using your iPhone for a while, it is normal for it to start slowing down. Sometimes it might be a good time to say goodbye to your current iPhone and move away from a new device (After trading in), but other times the slow iPhone issue may be under your control. In fact, the solution can be as simple as freeing up your storage space. No no who – which Storage space. Your iPhone’s “Other” storage space.


If you ran out of storage space before and you tried to free up some space manually, you may be aware of other volumes. If not, let’s go over what it is before we dive into how to shrink this annoying category.

What other iPhone storage?

The other section is a mysterious and collectible corner of your iPhone’s storage space. Think of it as a place where things like system files and Siri sounds can be stored. But it can be a memory hog, and the main reason for this is due to caching. The cache stores items for apps or websites so that they load faster the next time you use them. The cache collects items while you browse the web, stream videos or movies, and when you send text messages with photos or videos. In apps like Google Maps and Chrome, Cached data can soon start eating up your storage space on the device.

To check how much space other volumes are taking up, you’ll need to go to the Settings > general > Iphone storage. After the iPhone calculates it, you will see a bar graph of the categories taking up your iPhone storage. The other storage section is usually the gray part at the far right of the graph. Assuming your other storage is taking up more space than it should be, here are a few things you can do that might help you change that.

Screenshot of iPhone storage contents

iOS 11 introduced new ways to free up space, including the option to offload apps you don’t use regularly.

Screenshot by Rick Broid/CNET

unload apps

Not to be confused with deleting an app, offloading an app means removing the app from your device, but all data retained, when you decide to reinstall it. Take advantage of this trick, especially if you have apps like Google Maps that use a lot of space but don’t store a lot of data. To offload an app, go back to Iphone storage In Settings > General, tap the app you want to offload and then Unload the app.

Here’s a tip: In the iPhone Storage section, there is a list of apps with a number next to each name indicating the storage space they use. You can instantly get an overview of which apps are using up or little memory. This can help you decide what you want to dump.

Clear Safari Cache and Close Tabs

If you use Safari a lot, your iPhone may store web history and data that you simply don’t need. To clear the Safari browser cache, go to Settings> Safari And the Clear history and location data. And if you are a Chrome user, here it is How to clear cache on Google browser.

Closing tabs also helps free up storage space and keeps your device running smoothly. You can manage how often Safari closes open tabs by going to Settings > Safari > Close tabs. You can keep closing tabs manually, or let Safari close tabs that haven’t been shown for a day, a week, or a month.

Stop storing texts forever

By default, your iPhone stores all the text messages you send and receive…forever. This is convenient if you need to hunt down a 15-month-old conversation, but not very convenient if you need to reclaim your storage space. To prevent your phone from saving messages forever, open Settings and press Messages. Scroll down until you find Message History and tap keep messages. they change forever to me 30 days or One year. A popup will ask you if you want to delete old messages; Faucet delete moving forward.

Reset your iPhone

If all else fails, a sure way to dump a lot of waste from other storage is by Reset your iPhoneeven if you can’t empty it completely.

for more iPhone tips and tricksCheck this out iOS 15 Hidden FeaturesAnd the iPhone settings to change as soon as possibleAnd the How to make your iPhone look like an old Android phone. In addition, we have Tips to make your phone last longer before you have to replace it.

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