7.15 GB of "Other" on my iPad-what's that about?

Azzin

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Hi all,

I'm just syncing my iPad and I noticed that there's 7.15GB of "Other" showing at the bottom of iTunes (on the Summary page).

I know I've got a lot of stuff on it (that's why I went for the 64 gig model!), but I'm curious as to what this "other" is.

I'm sure I've seen similar posts with iPhones, but I'll be damned if I can find any of them.

Anyway, it's a 64 gig 3G model and it was jailbroken using Spir1t if that helps.

All suggestions welcome!

Ta.
 

saving107

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Do you have any apps like GoodReader (or another of similar functionality), and if so, have you uploaded any files to that app.

I use GoodReader and Pages and I have about 1.5-2GB of files and documents that I have uploaded to that app and my iPad sees that as 'Other' data.
 

Azzin

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Do you have any apps like GoodReader (or another of similar functionality), and if so, have you uploaded any files to that app.

I use GoodReader and Pages and I have about 1.5-2GB of files and documents that I have uploaded to that app and my iPad sees that as 'Other' data.
Thanks, but no I don't have Goodreader.
 

lvyelion

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That's the space used by all APPs other than iBooks, iTunes, Podcast and Movie to store files, like books you uploaded not for iBooks, APPs cache using internet, etc.
 

clovis112

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Did you jailbreak your iPad? From what i know, apps thats not from the appstore is stored at "other".
 

albusseverus

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For anyone who lands here and hasn't jailbroken their iPad, but has a disproportionate Other category…

Restart your iPad. That dropped my Other from 3.6Gb to 0.9GB
I'd expect it to be lower, but that cleared a bit of space.

Not that I do much on the iPad, but clearly, 'power down once a week' is still a good idea.
 

Medic311

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there is some good information in here and some misinformation. app data isn't always stored under "other". in fact, in most cases app data is stored within "Apps" on your storage meter in iTunes. it didn't used to be the case, but once developers started integrating iCloud into their apps the developers wrote their apps such that the data gets stored within the app and iTunes counts the data as under apps.

the data stored in "Other" for the most part now in the world of iOS 5/6 and iCloud etc can almost always be "cleaned out" so to speak by closing ALL apps and then turning the iPad off, waiting a minute, then turning it back on. one time i had 5.6GB of Other. closing all apps didn't do anything. following the suggestion on an Apple Support website, i turned the iPad off and then on - which was the first time i did that in 8 months of ownership. it dropped the Other to 1.2GB which is within the normal range (they say 0-3GB).

i hope this information helps


FYI - it has nothing to do with jailbreaking as i had the same issue before and after jailbreaking. what solves the problem is turning the iPad on/off once a month or so
 

CTHarrryH

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Does anyone know if browser history is stored on other. Not that any entry is large but I found very old history on my device which I cleared. Again not sure it is a large amount of data but it can add up over time.
 

emorog

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Feb 29, 2008
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2.5 GB Other, still there

Clearing browser data did drop the Other size .05 GB, but closing all apps and restarting did nothing.
 
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