"Other" taking up Gigs of storage

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by Slevin, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. Slevin macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2007
    New York
    So I had to restore my iPhone 6 and when I did I thought I erased all content and settings but when I plug it into iTunes it shows that "other" is taking up 71GB of space. I'm pretty sure this is my music library... How can I reclaim this space?
  2. Saif23 macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2014
    Go to the app store & download Batter Doctor & clean it & see if it helps remove junk :)
  3. epphllps macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2011
    West TN
    Battery doctor doesn't help me for my "other" space, unfortunately. This really needs to be looked at by Apple so they can give us a clear explanation and solution.
  4. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2009
    LOL. They won't. The clear explanation is "It helps us sell more expensive models". They can't publicly admit it.

    The solution is to not feed these crooks with your hard earned money.
  5. Simplicated, Nov 1, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2014

    Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    Not sure how to reclaim the space without a full restore from backup, but it seems that it's caused by the OS not automatically deleting downloaded video caches. Hope they address this bug in the next version.

    (Of course, the Other storage section includes things like iMessage attachments, but the auto deletion feature in iOS 8 should automatically reclaim some space.)

    You don't have to contribute if you don't have anything constructive.
  6. jr866gooner macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    this other section has been around for several iterations of iOS and apple have never explained exactly what it is or how to truly stop/reduce its size.. Pretty poor by Apple and not ideal for those on low spaced devices...
  7. stephen1108 macrumors 65816

    Sep 30, 2007
    71 GB is horrendous. Try unsyncing then resyncing your music, that might just help clear it up.
  8. Slevin thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2007
    New York
    I wound up navigating my iPhone using PhoneView and discovered it was indeed music that I had on my iPhone but wasn't registering the library for some reason. So manually deleted the entire library and claimed 70GB back. I still have another 3GB of other that I can't seem to discover what it is though. But I'll take only having 3gb as other space on my iPhone anyday
  9. Woochifer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2007
    Yeah, the only way to reclaim the "other" space is to restore the device as new, and then restore the data from backup. If you use iTunes Match a lot, any downloads that do not complete all the way will occupy storage space until you restore the device. I learned that with iTunes Match active, downloading playlists and songs should be done in smaller chunks at a time. If anything stalls, then a lot of garbage data will remain behind. Deleting the music files from the settings won't purge this data.

    Just as a maintenance routine, I restore my device as new about once every other month, or whenever there's a major interval iOS update.

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