Currently Being ModeratedAug 16, 2013 2:09 PM (in response to Markcw98a)
1) Photo stream is only a syncing service, it should not be treated as a storage service (you seem to understand the 30 day rule). You also have the stream photos going to iphoto and you get the monthly albums copied from photo stream - keep those, these are you archives of the photos.
In Settings>General>Usage, the list of apps (e.g. Photos & Camera) are storage on the device, not icloud. Perhaps that's what you see. I don't recall ever seeing a reference to "photo stream" in Usage (correct me if I'm wrong).
But photo stream storage is not part of the icloud storage.
2) "Other" - you seem to have a good handle on this. Yes, many users suggest deleting text messages, as these are stored in "other". Lots of other data and system data are stored there. 1.4GB is a lot, look first at the amount of text messages there are on the phone.
There are tiimes when corrupt files are kept in "other", thus bloating this section. A restore from backup will fix this. If you ever do a restore, I suggest a backup to itunes, then a restore from itunes (it's much faster and I think more reliable).
3) The file system on iOS devices is hidden for the most part (unless you have special software that can peek into the system on a device). If you want to know what's on it, the best place is Settings>General>Usage and look at the amount of space taken by each app. Unfortunately, you can't use a file manager and trim files from the device. You need to use the apps associated with files you wish to focus on (unlike a computer's file system, each app includes its own data files, there is no "open" folder area that all files are dumped into).
To make room on the device:
You have to delete files on your device.
Delete apps you don't use.
Delete videos you don't want (these take up a lot of space).
Do you have a lot of emails stored on the device?
Are there apps that store data files, like a PDF reader? If there are a lot of these, you need to delete some.
The bottom line is that you need to remove data and/or apps on your device to make more storage available.
But for videos and photos, always sync them to a computer first to archive them.
(BTW, if there are a lot of emails on a device, you might use your computer and move some icloud emails from their mailbox to a local mailbox (folder) on the computer. This removes them from icloud and thus the devices.)
Currently Being ModeratedAug 19, 2013 2:05 PM (in response to pvonk)
Again- thanks for the response. Here are a few more questions.
1- Believe it or not, in Settings>General>Usage, I do see a "photostream" category. It surprised me also. Does anyone know why that is there?
2- I appreciate the explanation of the "other" category. You suggested I do an itunes backup and then restore from the backup. Would I need to do a phone reset first? I have also read in other threads that doing a restore just returns the corrupted files that were saved when I did the backup. Is that true?
3- I understand about the iPhone not being readable on a PC- other than thru iTunes. I wish I could remember what I did when we were on vacation and my wife had absolutely no space left. I thought I was able to plug it into a usb port on my Windows 8 laptop and delete pictures- but I do not remember how I did it. I believe I tried to save them all to my computer first.
I have spotted a number of multimedia texts (with pictures) that are on my wife's phone. I also know that she does not delete email (it is AOL). If "other" continues to grow, I may try pruning those areas first. Thanks again.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 19, 2013 2:22 PM (in response to Markcw98a)
1) I use photo stream and nowhere in Settings>General>Usage do I find it listed. Where in Usage is yours? Under Storage? Under iCloud section in Manage Storage? And if in Manage Storage, is it in the Backups for one of your devices or the Documents & Data section?
2) I've read many posts that indicate a restore (after reset) has shrunk the Other category. Mine is between 1-2GB, so your amount seems acceptable. Some other users report huge amounts, like over 5 GB, so Razmee209 is correct in his observation.