How much 'other' memory is being used on your iphone?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by arranjenks, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. arranjenks macrumors member

    May 10, 2012
    Coventry, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
    Since i updated to iOS 6 my 'other' memory usage has shot up to 1.29GB!?!?!
    it had ALWAYS been under 0.5gb on iOS 5.

    I went through and cleared safaris cache, history etc.
    Even deleted the apps that had huge amounts of documents and data, and re-installed them so it was a refresh.

    Went to bed last night and i had got my 'other' down to 1.13gb, woke up this morning, synced one song, and now my 'other' is 1.29gb!?!?

    could you just post how much other memory yours is using please.
  2. DarkChoc4 macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2012
    Sync again

    I had 3.8GB of "Other" after IOS 6 update. I took a chance on another sync in iTunes, and it cleaned itself up. Now Other shows 0.86GB and there is about 2GB more free space than there was.

  3. stormchaser macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2010
    Wirelessly posted

    On iOS 5.1.1 I had 1.38 of Other but after iOS 6 update I now have 0.83 of Other :)
  4. stephen1108 macrumors 65816

    Sep 30, 2007
    On iOS 6, I've noticed my Other is going up DAILY too. On my iPhone 4S, I had the same issue, until I restored, and it went back down, but would still rise daily. Now on my iPhone 5, which I started from scratch is doing the same thing. I didn't have this issue on iOS 5, and it's pretty annoying.

    Exactly what is stored in Other? And please don't say App data, because that is stored under the App's respective space. I know messages are stored under "Other".
  5. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    Do I have to plug into iTunes to find out? Can't seem to find anything on the phone.
  6. stoney05 macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2011
    yes, you have to use iTunes to see 'Other'
  7. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2010
    About 3 GB on iOS 6. Not sure but I think it's data left over from my jailbreak.
  8. JuliaV macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2012
    I have had about 2,5GB on iOS 5.1 and after update to iOS 6.0 I had about 4GB.

    And then this link helped:

    But I didn't do all those steps.
    I just marked off sync for music and removed all my music from iPhone.
    After that I had 0,0GB of music and 1,2GB of other.

    It was enough for me and I transferred just one album because I was in a hurry and after the second sync the "other" went to 0,8GB.

    As I heard that's the lowest as it gets because it includes messages, e-mail space and iOS.

    I hope I helped.

    edit: Of course if you have JB iPhone then your "other" memory is probably a bit higher, up to 2GB.
  9. BrokeTechLover macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2012
    Over a 1.5 & I'm going crazy trying to get rid of it because I only have 6.4GB !
  10. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    It would be nice if there was a single list somewhere that showed, by app, how the "other" memory as reported in iTunes was being used. I think most if not all of the "other" memory is being put to legitimate use, but a lot of people think it's "lost" memory. (To be sure, in some cases it IS lost memory.) The list of Apps and their size in General>Usage doesn't provide this info - it only gives the total for the app.

  11. djshack macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2010
    Somerville, MA
    I have about a gig, and even with restores have never been able to get below a half gig.

    My theory is that iTunes Genius data takes up that space. I update my Genius on occasion, and the sync of 1000-2000 Genius "files" takes a significant amount of time. And I don't see that being added to the "audio" category.

    Perhaps someone with iTunes Genius disabled should contribute with his or her "other" space.
  12. paulcdb macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2009
    There is a simple way to get rid of the other stuff but I can't remember the program I used.

    I ended up with about 20gb of other stuff after deleting video's from the iTunesU app and turns out instead of binning them the OS just moved them to a folder and renamed them. If you get a program that gives you access to the file system you can just delete them manually and recover the space.

    Not sure if its a flaw somewhere but I was determined to fix it without restoring.

    I'll try remember to look when I'm at the computer for the program/folder and post more details if no-one beats me to it.
  13. JuliaV macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2012
    I have iTunes Genius disabled and my "other memory" was still big.

    I think it's usually full of media that wasn't deleted correctly.

    Or I also read the post about lady who just had a child and send a lot (but really a lot) of MMSs. And her "other memory" has jumped form 2GB to 4GB in a few months. It's because iPhone makes copy of these photos even dough they are in Camera Roll Library.

    She deleted her messages and deleted music and the "other memory" went to 0,5GB.
  14. Teatowl macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2013
    Been going mad over the size of other files for ages but found a simple fix. Jailbroken iphone 5 32g. I downloaded filecounter from cydia which shows you where your biggest file is located. Turned out it was a movie sitting in ifile trash that i thought I'd deleted.


    I had about 6g available but when I deleted ifile trash I now have 21g free. I was at the point of giving up but this has rescued my jailbreak as I was getting tempted to restore just to get some space back. I registered to let you all know about this and hope it can help some of you. Good luck.
  15. Favabean macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2013
    There is a easy way to clean up your "other" storage on your iOS

    There many sources for this other storage, temporary files from various apps, bad syncing data etc.

    There is an easy way to clean this up, go to google and search for phonclean, it is a nice piece of software that can clean out your other storage for iOS.
  16. Antoni Nygaard macrumors 6502a

    Antoni Nygaard

    Jun 23, 2009
    Thx I will try it out later. Looks good and simple.

    Normally I delete FB, Tweetbot and Instagram and install them again to get rid of the cache
  17. j4zb4 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2011
    Close to 1.5 GB... Used to be closed to 2.5 GB... I think since I reduced the number of emails (most of emails have heavy attachments) from 100 - 50 it has dropped...

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