6.6 GB of "other" on iPhone 4S 64 GB

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  1. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

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    Is this normal for iOS 5 to take up 6.6 GB of space on my new iPhone 4S? Or is this a bug?
     
  2. iceterminal macrumors 68000

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    Can't say thats normal per se, however do you have a lot of audio books or ebooks?
     
  3. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

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    "Other" = App Data pretty much

    Go to Settings > General > Usage
    Have a look at which apps take up the most space, and then look at the size of the App's Documents & Data by tapping on it.

    Apps like Twitter, Facebook, and many others, cache a lot of data (display pictures, etc) and so can inflate over a period of time to be quite large. These caches are automatically purged by iOS 5 if you start running low on space, just so you know.

    I'm sure Auido Books and eBooks (assuming iBooks, else see what I've said above) would come under Music and Books respectively in the iTunes storage bar.
     
  4. RocketRed thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not a single audio book or eBook. I have a TON of music though?

    It's currently 9.9 GB for "Music" in the Usage section.

    I've googled my question and a lot of people seem to have this problem too. Some even bigger than mine e.g 15 GB of "other" on a 32GB iPhone ?

    Most point out to the fact that the data is corrupted and I need to do a full restore as a "new iPhone", which makes 0 sense in my case as I did a full restore last night and re-synched everything because my new 4S was bugging out.

    There seems to be so many problems with the new 4S and iOS 5... blah
     
  5. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Do you send a lot of picture/video (MMS style) messages?
     
  6. henrylkr macrumors member

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    Resyncing just causes the "Other" data saved in the backup to be restored into the phone. That's why you won't see a difference.
     
  7. RocketRed thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm. I just plugged my iPhone 4S into my Macbook Air and when I checked others, it now says "0.60 GB" for "others".

    The reason I was a little worried was because i checked "Usage" on my iPhone and it says 42.5 GB available, 14.9 GB used. Therefore I assumed 6.6 GB of the remaining 64 GB was "other".

    Guess 6 GB really is the software of my phone and .6 GB is other.

    I feel dumb >.>
     
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    Oh well, people on here do stupider stuff every day. :rolleyes:
     
  9. iceterminal macrumors 68000

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    So how does one go about cleaning the app cache?
     
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    It'll clear itself when you need the space (The app icon will dim and its name will change to "Cleaning...")

    Or you can just delete the app entirely and reinstall it to clear the cache.

    Or, the app may contain a clear cache button.
     
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    So its up to the individual app itself, there isn't a option that "clear out app cache" in settings?
     
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    In early iOS 5 betas there was an option in settings to delete an App's Documents & Data (which includes caches), but it was taken out in later betas and in the final release.
    - So yeah, it just depends on the app.
     
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    Cool beans. Danke
     

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