What is “Other” and Why is it on My iPhone 7?

Have you ever looked at your iPhone 7’s memory usage through iTunes? When reviewing iPhone 7 on iTunes, you usually find a huge chunk of memory being used on a section called “Other”.

But, lots of people even don’t understand what “Other” is. Simply put, “Other” storage simply includes everything that doesn’t fit into pre-existing categories. This includes browser cache, cached email messages & attachments, iTunes backups, notes, voice memos, call history, etc.

To make it clear, see picture on the right, the app size is 30.8MB, however, the documents & Data is 135MB. This 135 MB is what goes into your “Other” data.

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2 fast ways to clear “Other” data on iPhone 7

There are a few options on how to clear “Other” on iPhone 7. You can clear “Other” data on iPhone 7 manually, or use tools to help you do it quickly and efficiently.

To do it maunually, you can reset your iPhone 7 or uninstall and reinstall all the apps one by one to erase "other" data.

1. Backup and reset your iPhone 7

The way to erase all caches and temporary files is to backup your iPhone 7 to your PC, Mac or iCloud account and wipe your iPhone 7. This will guarantee all temporary files and caches are deleted. After wiping your iPhone 7 you can restore the backup through iTunes to recover your contacts, songs, pictures and apps.

Plug your iPhone 7 to your computer, open it through iTunes and hit Back Up Now and wait until your iPhone 7 syncs. Then, on your iPhone 7, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content. Once the iPhone 7 is wiped, plug it back into your computer, open it via iTunes and hit “Restore Backup”. Make sure you choose the right backup data and click restore.

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2. Reinstalling your apps to clean App Cache

If you go to Settings > General > Usage, and click on each app, you will see the size of the app itself and the size of Documents & Data. If your Documents & Data section is much bigger than your app, you can delete the app and reinstall it. This should remove the temporary files created by the app and clear some memory space.

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Most effective way to Clear “Other” Your iPhone 7

Designed to specifically take care of these junk files and temporary files, iMyFone Umate Pro or iMyFone Umate Pro for Mac is one of the most efficient tools to clear "other" space on iPhone 7.

Key Features of iMyFone iPhone Eraser

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Key Features:

  • Clean 30+ types of junk files with a click
  • Clear temporary files to release huge space
  • Photo manager - Exporting & Compressing losslessly & mass deleting photos
  • Export and delete large video & audio files
  • List all apps by size to select & delete them
  • Erase previously deleted files to completely clean them

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The biggest benefit of using iMyFone Umate is that it removes unnecessary files safely and efficiently. Manually clearing “Other” can be risky if you are not sure what you are doing. But iMyFone Umate offers a safe, fast and reliable way to remove temporary files. It will guarantee the “Other” section is not taking up so huge amount of space on your iOS device, including iOS 14 devices.

3 Steps to Clear Other Data from iPhone

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iMyFone Umate Pro.


Step 2. Hit “Quick Scan” button and when it finishes, it will show you how much storage can be cleaned on your iPhone.


Step 3. Tab “Clean” beside “Junk Files” to start the cleaning process. When it finishes, you can turn to "Temporary Files" and click on "Clean".


Note: To completely clear up "other" data from iPhone, it's also suggested to permanently erase all your previously deleted data using iMyFone Umate Pro via "Erase Deleted Data" tab.

2 tricks to reduce “Other” Data on iPhone 7

If you do not want reset your iPhone 7, you can always clear “Other” data on iPhone 7 manually by erasing voicemails, browser caches and browser history (Safari and Chrome)etc.

1. Erasing Voicemail

Deleting voicemails on iPhone 7 is a bit tricky. Voicemails are stored on your iPhone 7’s memory, and while swiping a voicemail and hitting “delete voicemail” seems to do the trick it actually doesn’t. That simply puts the voicemail in the “deleted voicemail” list. If you go to the “deleted voicemail” list you can hit the “clear all” button to erase all of them at once.

If the button is grayed out, it may be because the list is too big, or because your iPhone 7 is having a processing glitch. If that’s the case you need to swipe them one by one and hit delete voicemail.

Delete Voicemails

2. Clearing caches and browser history

Chrome and Safari are the two most popular browsers used on iPhone 7. You can erase the caches and history in Safari by going to Settings > Safari > Clear Cookies and Data/Clear History and Website Data depending on your iOS 14.

You will need to scroll to the bottom to find Clear Cookies and Data/Clear History and Website Data and confirm it by clicking the pop-up box. In Chrome you will have to open the app, hit the Google Menu Button on the right hand side (looks like a stack of three dashes, then go to Settings > Privacy > Clear Cache.

iOS9 Safari clear history and browsing data iPhone

By reading the above solutions, we can see that manual operation could be a hassle. So sometime, we need a tool, meaning a third-party iPhone 7 cleaning software, to clear “Other” space on iPhone 7.