How to Delete System Storage on iPhone (2023)

Learn how you can delete system storage on your iPhone in quick, simple steps.

Apple’s devices have always faced storage issues since the start. Applications, features, and functions built for iOS are larger in size compared it its competitor, Android. This majorly happens because software and hardware compatibility on iOS are coded differently. System storage/data of the iPhone is indicated in light gray on the iPhone Storage bar graph. System storage consists of all the essential elements and resources used by iOS in the background. iOS is amazing when it comes to optimizing the user experience constantly. Your iPhone saves up website logs in the background to load up that page faster, the next time you visit it. Additionally, iPhone saves up System Files, resources being used by iOS but not owned by any particular application. We have written a guide for you to clear up and delete system storage on your iPhone.

iPhone: How to Delete System Storage (2023)

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In order to delete system storage on your iPhone you must accept this fact. System Storage/Data is not one fixed physical entity, application, or file on your iOS device. It is a compilation of various essential files and services running in the background of iOS to support your device. This includes temporary files too for iOS to use in running an app or a function temporarily. Out of all these contents, paying attention to your stored cache files of websites, logs, apps, and other media services is a must. Cache Memory files accumulate over time through iPhone’s usage span. These cache files can be immensely responsible for filling up your iPhone’s storage capacity.

Clear Application Cache Memories

  • Open Settings on your iPhone.
  • Go to General and then select iPhone Storage.
  • Select any app preferentially ones which are constantly used.
  • Further, in the App Storage options tap on Clear Cache.

You can uninstall and reinstall apps also to remove that application’s saved logs. Just in case, if you don’t want to remove a specific unused app’s cache date, you can Offload that app temporarily. There’s an option to automatically Offload unused apps too, which can be enabled by going to Settings > General > iPhone Storage > App Store > Toggle Offload Unused Apps to Green color (ON).

Delete System Data via Mac

Note that you need a Mac system to complete this step:

  • Connect your iPhone to your Mac.
  • Open iTunes or Finder and select your device.
  • Go to General and then select ‘Back up all the data on your iPhone to this Mac’.
  • Press on Back Up Now and then disconnect your device.
  • On your device go to Settings > General > Reset iPhone > Erase all Content and Settings.
  • Reconnect your Device to Mac.
  • Select your device again on iTunes or Finder.
  • Head to General and tap on Restore Backup.
  • Select the backup you created before resetting your iPhone and hit Restore.

To free up more space on your device, clean all website data, install a pending update, and delete large file attachments and unwanted message & mail threads. Note that Apps and Photos are not part of the system data.

So, people, that is all there is to know on how to delete system storage on your iPhone. For more about iPhone and daily updates, read our guide on How to share an album on iPhone.