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leroy24 Calculating status...
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Aug 15, 2011 3:27 PM

Hey ladies and gents of the interwebs.

 

So my iPhone. When plugged in to iTunes, and checking capacity, I see that my "other" category is over a gig, which seems to be quite a considerable size for something I've no idea about (namely it's specific contents). See pic:

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So some folk tell me it's app cache and such. Seems a large cache considering how many apps there are.  Some say it's e-mail and whatnot. My Gmail box has about 10 mails in it

 

What's in there, and how would one go about reducing it, if at all possible?

 

Any thoughts appreciated.

iPhone OS 3.1.2
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Aug 15, 2011 3:29 PM (in response to leroy24)

    Other is iOS and the default apps plus some data.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Aug 15, 2011 3:46 PM (in response to leroy24)

    There is no missing space from overall capacity. The difference is how space is calculated. The size of the iDevice uses a GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes, whereas the device is computing a GB = 1024 x 1024 x 1024. If you divide the first number by the second number you will see where the difference arises.

     

    This is simply the difference from using Base 10 vs Base 2 arithmetic.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Aug 15, 2011 4:18 PM (in response to leroy24)

    Yes, you cannot control it. If it went away the device couldn't work. Of course if you don't save email, notes, calendar info, and Address Book info then less space might be used. My 32 GB Touch (4G) shows 1.06 GBs of space occupied by "Other."

     

    Don't worry, be happy.

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)
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    Aug 15, 2011 4:50 PM (in response to leroy24)

    leroy24 wrote:

     

    Hey ladies and gents of the interwebs.

     

    So my iPhone. When plugged in to iTunes, and checking capacity, I see that my "other" category is over a gig, which seems to be quite a considerable size for something I've no idea about (namely it's specific contents). See pic:

    Untitled.png

    So some folk tell me it's app cache and such. Seems a large cache considering how many apps there are.  Some say it's e-mail and whatnot. My Gmail box has about 10 mails in it

     

    What's in there, and how would one go about reducing it, if at all possible?

     

    Any thoughts appreciated.

    To cut through the crap, Other that is that large indicates a problem. Other is NOT iOS, which doesn't show up at all in the memory chart. Notice the capacity is 29.06 GB? And you have a 32 GB iPhone? The difference is the size of iOS and memory management overhead. As both are measured in GB the fact that 1GB = 1024 MB is irrelevant.

     

    Other is settings, application data, email, text messages, etc. It is typically 300-500 MB. If it gets much larger than 500 MB it means there is memory corruption. To fix it Restore the phone with iTunes.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Aug 15, 2011 5:09 PM (in response to Lawrence Finch)

    "Notice the capacity is 29.06 GB? And you have a 32 GB iPhone? The difference is the size of iOS and memory management overhead. As both are measured in GB the fact that 1GB = 1024 MB is irrelevant."

     

    Not so. The device is advertised as having 32 GBs measured as 32,000,000,000 bytes (see Apple's blurbs.) The device itself reports capacity using a GB = 1024^3.  Thus, the true capacity in Base 2 is 29.8 GBs.

     

    There is no corruption in an "Other" space of 1 GB. I've restored two 32 GB 4G iPod Touches in just the past two weeks. Both show the same information. Both are running iOS 5 (seeded Beta.) Both freshly restored from scratch.

     

    The allocation of memory to the "Other" category has been increasing with each new version of iOS. It's now considerably larger than it used to be.

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)
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    Aug 15, 2011 5:21 PM (in response to Kappy)

    I have the latest version available to the public, and my Other is 600 MB. Far from 1 GB. As I very much doubt the OP is running iOS 5. 1 GB is much too big. I also note that the OP says version 3.1.2; if this is correct, Other should be under 300 MB.

     

    But it's easy to test; restore the phone and see what size Other is after the restore.

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)
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    Aug 16, 2011 6:06 PM (in response to leroy24)

    If Other contains corrupted data then a restore will fix the problem. However, it will also update your phone to the latest iOS version if it isn't on it already.

  • Pete K Calculating status...
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    Dec 5, 2012 7:22 PM (in response to leroy24)

    I shrank my "other" space by 2 gigs by turning off iTunes Match and only syncing mail with my Gmail and Yahoo accounts (not syncing notes, calendars, address book and such).

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