If you own an iPhone you might have noticed that your Other category is taking up more storage than before. I haven’t been able to find a definitive answer, although it seems like the Other category grows as you upgrade from one model of iPhone to another.
My spouse and I own 16 GB iPhone 5s, and we’ve recently been looking to free up more space to store music. Normally, I’d remove apps to free up space, but I found an easy way to free up some space, depending on how much storage Other is taking up.
Here are the steps I followed:
1. Plug your iPhone into your Mac or PC.
2. Perform a Backup and select the Encrypt iPhone backup option so you don’t have to enter all your passwords after the restore.
3. Perform a Restore Backup. iTunes will ask for your encryption password. Make sure you select the most recent backup if you have more than one.
I had 1.67 GB of free space before the backup and restore.
After the restore, I had 3 GB. So I freed up just over 1.3 GB.
I find it odd that my apps also shrunk, but everything is working well.
I tried the same thing Kim’s iPhone 5, but I went to Settings/General/Reset on her iPhone and selected the Erase All Content and Settings option after I performed a backup, but before I performed a restore.
She had 3.37 GB of free space before I performed a restore.
After the restore, she had nearly 6 GB. I freed up 2.57 GB.
Other and Apps shrunk quite a bit on her iPhone as well and Other nearly disappeared.
So if your iPhone is getting low on storage, you might want to give a backup and restore a try.