iPhone System Storage High on iOS 11? Here is How to Clear

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Before we talk about how to clear system storage on iPhone (or iPad), you need to know what is system storage on your iPhone (or iPad).

What is System Storage on iPhone?

The System storage on iPhone contains files that are necessary for operating the core system of the device. Some of the contents of this storage section include system apps, temporary files, caches, cookies, etc. If some of the files in this section are not properly cleaned, then it can become quite large in size, which can be an annoying issue.

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Clear Cache and Temp Files

Cache and temporary files are automatically generated by the system as well as its apps that are intended to optimize the overall performance of the device. However, if these files are not cleaned properly, then they take a lot of space on your iPhone (or iPad) and make your iPhone system storage high which can slow your device’s performance. To clean these files efficiently, it is recommended that you use iMyFone Umate Pro.

iMyFone Umate Pro cleans such unnecessary files (including photo caches, crash logs, iTunes caches, downloaded temp files, etc.) permanently and boosts your iPhone’s performance significantly. It’s Totally Free to clear cache and temp files with iMyFone Umate Pro.

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Set Keep Messages to 30 Days

You can set an automatic deletion time for your stored messages on your iPhone. For example, if you set message expiration time to 30 days, then all your stored messages on your device that are older than 30 days will be automatically deleted. Too many messages on your device can lead to iPhone system storage high and slow its performance. This option will prevent that from happening. Here is how to set:

  1. Open Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Navigate to Messages > Keep Messages.
  3. Now from the list of options, tap on 30 Days. You may need to confirm your action by tapping the Delete button.

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Clear Third-Party App Fragments

Third-party apps on your iPhone create data fragments when you use them regularly. These data fragments often contain your private data. Not to mention they also take too much storage space on your device and lead to iPhone system storage high . Cleaning third-party app fragments is highly recommended if you want to free up space and prevent privacy leak.

iMyFone Umate Pro allows you to do exactly that. With its Erase Private Fragments mode, it scans for such fragments on your iPhone and then allows you to clear them permanently without hassles.

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Remove Useless Apps in Bulk

You can install as many apps on your iPhone as you like, as long as there is enough storage space available. However, having too many apps installed on your iPhone can also lead to iPhone system storage high. Not to mention there are surely some apps that you don’t use and they are just there on your device taking up unnecessary space.

Uninstalling such useless apps one-by-one on your iPhone can be a hassle. iMyFone Umate Pro allows you to uninstall/remove apps in bulk which not only saves you the hassle of removing them one-by-one but it is also the fastest and more efficient way to do so.

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Clear Safari Data

A lot of iPhone users use Safari as their primary web browser to visit their favorite websites. Safari stores cookies, caches, and other related data on the device for performance and faster access. While this feature of Safari is useful, it can lead to iPhone system storage high. What’s more, if the stored Safari data is hacked or leaked, you will faced with a headache. That’s why it is recommended that you clear Safari data regularly to protect your privacy and clear system storage on iPhone.

You can clear Safari data from the Settings app of your iPhone, however, if your iPhone is hacked or leaked, someone can retrieve your personal data easily with some recovery software. That’s why we recommend you clear Safari data via iMyFone Umate Pro. Data erased via iMyFone Umate Pro cannot be recovered so your privacy will be fully protected.

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Bonus Tip: How to Check iPhone System Storage?

There are two ways to check iPhone system storage i.e. via Settings app and via iTunes.

Via Settings App

You can check out the Usage folder in your iPhone Settings app to quickly see what is taking up space on your device.

  1. Open Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Navigate to General > iPhone Storage.
  3. Now you will see your iPhone storage mapped out on a grid displaying the data that is taking up all the storage. You can scroll down to your apps to see them listed by size, showing how much space each app is taking on your device.

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Via iTunes

Apart from using Settings app, you can also check your iPhone’s storage by connecting it to your computer and using iTunes. In your device Summary section, iTunes will show you a graph of your device’s storage categories.

  1. Connect your iPhone via USB to your computer and launch iTunes.
  2. From the upper left corner of iTunes, click on Summary.
  3. Now to see how much space the category is using, hover your mouse over the Other section of iTunes. It will be located at the bottom of the iTunes window.

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