Will an iOS update reduce "other" storage?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DaveTheRave, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. DaveTheRave macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2003
    We have an 32gb iPhone 5 the is still running iOS 6. On iTunes it shows it has like 12gb of "other" storage. Way too much. If I upgrade it to iOS 8.3 will that help reduce other size? Do recent updates help manage that stuff better? The phone keeps running out of storage space.

  2. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    Other Storage is where things get stored based on your usage, so even if it wasn't called Other Storage you'd still be that much space down.

    Stuff that gets stored are Safari caches, messages and attachments, and stuff you've saved in third-party apps. Reduce some of this stuff and you'll reduce your Other Storage.

  3. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Sometimes it's stuff unrelated to that that gets there and is hard to get rid of without a restore essentially.
  4. DaveTheRave thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2003
    Update: the iPhone went from iOS 6.whatever to 8.3 in one single update. Had to download about 1.3 gigs of data to do it. The rest was probably already on there from an auto download. "Other" space went from 11 gigs to about 7 gigs of "documents and data" in the new OS. So I'm pleased. And iOS 8 lets you see usage by app, so now I can see that most of it is Messages taking up space. I may have breathed some new life into the phone. Jury still out on impact to battery, which was already crappy.

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