iOS 17.4.1: How to Delete System Storage on iPhone (2024): Stepwise Guide

In this article, we'll show you how to remove System Storage from iPhone without deleting personal data, on iPhone.

When you have a 32GB or 64GB iPhone and haven’t installed applications that could consume such a significant amount of precious storage, at that time, the very first question comes to mind, where did that storage go? What data is consuming the iPhone Storage? If you’re wondering the same, read this article to the end, we’ll show you how to get rid of “System” Storage on iPhone. However, it’s not possible to completely clear the System Storage, but at least it’ll help you store hundreds of photos or download music offline. Apparently, I’ve seen many System Storage taking up a whopping 25GB, 16GB, 10GB Storage, which is unacceptable, and of course, no one would want to give up that storage after spending money on iPhone.

The System Storage and Other Storage terms are a bit confusing and undefined, meaning you won’t be able to know what to delete and clear the storage. Nevertheless, we’ve discovered few tactics to Delete the System Storage on iPhone, not entirely but it will surely matter if you’re struggling for storage on iPhone.

How to Remove System Storage on iPhone?

Delete Unnecessary Updates

Many users download the Software Updates and forget to install or it’s just a Beta update that you’ve downloaded and later decided not to install, those updates stay in the iPhone Storage and falls below the System Storage on iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Select iPhone Storage.
  4. Scroll down and find the Software Update.
  5. Tap on it and Delete

Delete Cache of Apps

A cache is the supporting files and data that automatically generates depending on how much you interact with the app itself. The more you use the app, the more cache generates, occupying the iPhone Storage for no reason. And it falls under the System Storage category.

Now, what should be done here to remove the cache of apps? Unlike Android, iOS doesn’t have any settings to remove the cache. However, it can be done by checking the in-app settings and from there Clear Cache.

Apps like Snapchat, Tumblr, etc. have an in-app option to delete cache, so now you have to do is, find the most used apps, explore their settings and find the Clear Cache option. This is the only way to delete the cache of apps on the iPhone.

Alternatively, deleting and re-installing the app would be a good option to remove the cache.

Clear Cache of Safari

Safari takes up a load of Storage, because all of your Website Data, Cache, History, and others, consume much more storage. However, if you’ve some important website history, bookmarks, then I’d not recommend you the clear history and website data on iPhone as it will remove it from all the devices that are signed in with the same iCloud account.

  1. Go to the Settings app on iPhone.
  2. Swipe down and tap Safari
  3. Select Clear History and Website Data.
  4. Again hit the Clear History and Website Data.

 Delete “Recently Deleted Photos”

Another worth mention is to monitor the Recently Deleted Photos inside the Photos App that stores the deleted photos for 30 days. But if you’re sure and don’t need them, then manually clear the recently deleted photos by following the steps listed below.

  1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.
  2. Select the Albums
  3. Scroll down to the end, and select Recently Deleted
  4. And remove all the photos that you won’t need in the future.

Use iTunes to Reduce System Storage

This is a random trick but works with iPhone in removing the System Storage. The best part of this trick is, you don’t have to do anything, just following these steps and leave the iPhone connected.

  1. Connect iPhone to the PC via Lightning Cable.
  2. Launch iTunes.
  3. Unlock the iPhone.
  4. Let the iPhone be connected to the PC for few minutes.
  5. While the iPhone is connected to the PC, open the Settings app on iPhone.
  6. Tap General > iPhone Storage.
  7. Swipe down to System.
  8. You should see reduce in Storage consumption by System.

Let me know in the comment how’s helped you!! Do you have any suggestions? Feel free to share with us will update in the next attempt. thanks for reading us!

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Karly Wood

Karly Wood is a journalist based in Ohio who specializes in covering Apple and technology trends. With a varied experience in reporting on public safety, government, and education, her insights bridge multiple disciplines, providing readers with a well-rounded perspective on today's technological advancements. If you need to contact me, you can reach me at or through (Facebook)

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