If you have connected your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch to a computer with iTunes installed at least once, you probably noticed a strip of information about the occupied and free memory located at the bottom of the device information screen. Many users notice that most of the memory on their devices is occupied by files from the "Other" category. In this article we will tell you what these files are and how to get rid of them.
Usually the "Other" category is all local cache data from browsers, mail, messages, save from games, documents from various applications, notes and voice recorder recordings. Knowing this information, it is very easy to free up space on your device by deleting individual files.
Of course, many iPhone and iPad owners have been using their devices for several years and have no problems with overflowing the Other category. A signal to delete unnecessary files may be the fact that your device may run out of memory, and there will not be a lot of music, videos or programs on it.
How to reduce (delete) "Other" in iTunes to free up iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch storage
Removing and reinstalling programs
If the problem of lack of memory does not bother you, then you can check for a large number of unnecessary files through the Settings application of your iOS device. To do this, go to Settings -> General -> Statistics. After a short download process, you will see a list of all applications, including standard ones, as well as the amount of memory they occupy on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
In order to understand how much data a particular application stores, just click on the corresponding line in this list. In the window that opens, you can find out the size of the application itself and the size of the data contained in it.
For example, Instagram is 21.1 MB in size, while Documents and Data is 290 MB on the device. To free up memory, just uninstall the program and download it again from the App Store. Users with a jailbreak can use the IconTool utility - with it, you can just delete Documents and data, without reinstalling the program.
In some programs, such as video players, you just need to delete files through the application itself.
Removing large dialogs in Messages
It is very common for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users to send photos and videos to friends through messages, especially since the advent of iMessage. All these messages are saved in the memory of the iOS device and can take up a significant amount of memory. We recommend deleting conversations with a lot of messages or media files.
To do this in C The messages, press Change. After that, a delete symbol will appear opposite the dialogs, when you click on it, the Delete key will appear. Also in the Messages program to delete dialogs, you can use the "swipe" gesture.
Back up and restore your iPhone
The fact is that when you restore an iOS device from a backup, a large number of unnecessary files are deleted. You can do this using iTunes or iCloud. This method cannot guarantee shrinking the Other section in iTunes, especially if there were many files from programs or messages in the backup, but it is the most effective one.
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