All iPads The capacity bar in iTunes is showing 4.7 GB being used up by "Other"

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    I looked through my apps and don't see anything such as video/music downloads in other apps that would be causing this. I assume this is well above what the "Other" is usually at. Can anyone think of any solutions to see what this "Other" space is and to get rid of it? I have a 32 GB iPad 2, not jailbroken.
     
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    What iOS r u on? And have u restored it?
     
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    That is where you would be wrong. It depends on how the Apps that are installed store their data.
     
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    6.0.1, and no I have not. I haven't restored any of my devices in a long time, will it put all my apps/music/settings and everything back exactly how they were even if the music is not purchased on iTunes or not on my computer?

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    but i looked through all my apps to look for apps that might contain a lot of data that would go under info and did not see any.

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    it also says over capacity buy 1.11 GB. This happens kind of often but then after a few times of plugging it in, the bar randomly gets smaller and so does the "Other" and there is around 1 GB of capacity available.
     
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    An example would be the Navigon GPS App stores the map data it downloads as "Other". That data can be several hundred megabytes.
     
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    Ya im aware of that. I used iexplorer and found a folder named "archived apps". There were apps that I had a long time ago that were actually .zip. overall they added to over a GB. I deleted them and I now have room on my iPad and now I have 2.8 GB of other. If i don't have any apps like the GPS app or downloads apps or any other app that would have a significant amount of "Other" space being used is this a normal amount to have or are there likely other files such as the ones I deleted that I should search for?
     
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    i believe if you have .pdf files saved, it will go under as "other".
     
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    I wonder about this mystery from time to time as well. I am convinced that while some of that "Other" might be valid data for my currently installed apps, there is some (or a lot of) junk in there as well.

    For example, a while back I installed a game that I hadn't played in a while. The game did not use iCloud saves. When I started the game up for the first time, it had all my progress and levels unlocked from the first time I had the game installed months ago. The only thing I can think of is that this particular game stored its save data in the "Other" region and when I deleted the game it deletes the app itself but not the "Other" data that the app has written.

    I've done a backup and a restore before, that doesn't help because "Other" is part of the backup.

    The only way I know to fix it is to completely wipe the iPad and resync your apps and data back on fresh...but of course you can lose a lot of saved games, etc by doing this.

    Overall, I just deal with it...but I strongly suspect that there is some bad file management by iOS and developers behind the scenes here.
     
  9. dancj, Jan 9, 2013
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    Doing a standard restore from backup doesn't clear down the iPad first so it won't clear anything from Other. If you do a Reset to factory settings and then restore from the backup then it'll only bring back the stuff you actually need - and you won't lose your saved games.

    I do this every six months or so just to clear down the Other.
     
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    I'm going to try this, because my iPhone is about 25% other!
     
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    Interesting. I will check that out.
     
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    I finally got around to giving this a try and it didn't reduce my "Other" space at all. Which must mean that it's valid data that I need, so I'm fine with that.
     
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    Arse.

    Well at least now you know.
     
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    its cache. Clear browsing data in safari should free up some space. When i did the software update, i shed around 2-300 mb.
     
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    It could also be people sending you video and audio clips in text messages.
     
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    If you send/receive lots of pictures and videos through iMessage, those are all counting towards your usage as well. If they are in your camera roll as well, you can delete them.
     
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    Other is mail, contacts, calendar, messages, app data etc.

    Some of it could be cache files from safari etc. a reboot or reset typically flushes that out.

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    Nope. Items that were brought over from computer like music, photos etc are not included in backups to iTunes or iCloud.
     
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    You can check under Settings > General > Usage, you can see what apps are using what space on your iPad.
     

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