What is "other"

Discussion in 'iPad' started by photogpab, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. photogpab macrumors 6502


    Jun 21, 2010
    when syncing my ipad, itunes shows how much space is being taken up, audio, video, photos, etc... but there is another category labeled "other" that fluctuates anywhere from .70 GB to 3GB on any given day.

    i have no idea what this could be? but on those days that it goes as high as 3GB its taking up a large amount of my storage!
  2. dukeblue91 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    It is pretty much as the name implies.
    All the things that don't fit under the usual things like anything you add to an outside app like PDF's to Goodreader or movies to VLC Or Goodplayer, Comics in a comics app and so on.
    I also believe but am not sure the system files are under that too.

    Hope this helps.
  3. batotman macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2012
  4. bubbaguuump macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2010
    Other usually is the IOS install but sometimes when it fluctuates like that it's probably microscopic interdenominational aliens known as iQuark strings. They're harmless and need to feed on the extra power of the iPad to keep the warmth down buy the quadcore GPU :) Nothing to worry about - just Apple trying to help :apple:
  5. batotman macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2012
    Yes, Squidward. Food for the soul. Krabby Patties.
  6. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Other data is things like iOS OTA updates, Siri voice files, Safari data, stock app caches, system caches, iTunes media artwork, photo library databases (not the images themselves), text messages, picture/video messages, emails, rented videos that are expired but not deleted.

    Not quite. If you add PDFs to Goodreader, they count as app data. If you add any data to an App Store app's sandbox folder, it counts as app data.
  7. dancj macrumors 6502


    Mar 15, 2012
    If it gets stuck on a large amount then it could be leftover crap from aborted syncs. In that case it's worth doing a full restore from backup which will only restore the stuff you're actually using.
  8. photogpab thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 21, 2010

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