8 Replies Latest reply: May 6, 2012 6:05 PM by Texas Mac Man
et4350 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

When should I be concerned about the size of "Other" in the capacity meter? Brand new ipad and it shows 0.50GB. Is this fine and normal?

iPad 2, iOS 5.1
  • Demo Level 10 Level 10 (86,805 points)

    That is absolutely fine and normal. "Other" is app data and settings, Safari bookmarks, calendar entires, notes, documents, email and text messages and things like that.


    When you get above 2gb of "other" then you might want to take a look at it. Read this discussion as well.


  • rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6 (11,850 points)

    That's less than an gigabyte, so I wouldn't be concerned.........when you get into multiple GB, then you may be a tad concerned. 

  • et4350 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    When that happens is a reset the only cure? And if it is, it resets the ipad and I can just re-sync my ipad with itunes, correct?

  • rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6 (11,850 points)

    No, if and this is a big if (as in more than 2 years of owning an iPad, my other has never gotten out of control), a restore is usually required.  And yes, then you can restore from a backup to get everything as it was.  I wouldn't be too concerned about this.......

  • Demo Level 10 Level 10 (86,805 points)

    Did you read the discussion in the link that I posted? I copied this from that link.


    Restore from backup, follow this by syncing your content back to your phone. Look at other after doing so, if in the normal range, you're good to go.


    If restoring from the backup doesn't work, then restore as new and sync the content to the iPad from iTunes.


    Sometimes, just syncing again can cure this, or removing photos and resyncimg the photos. Sometimes rebooting the iPad might help.


    There is no need for you to worry about this right now. Your iPad is fine!

  • et4350 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I saw your post after my last post. Thanks.

  • Demo Level 10 Level 10 (86,805 points)

    Ok . No worries then. Enjoy your iPad!!!

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (46,550 points)

    How Do I Get Rid Of The “Other” Data Stored On My iPad Or iPhone?



    With an iOS device, the “Other” space in iTunes is used to store things like documents, settings, caches, and a few other important items. If you sync lots of documents to apps like GoodReader, DropCopy, or anything else that reads external files, your storage use can skyrocket. With iOS 5, you can see exactly which applications are taking up the most space. Just head to Settings > General > Usage, and tap the button labeled Show All Apps. The storage section will show you the app and how much storage space it is taking up. Tap on the app name to get a description of the additional storage space being used by the app’s documents and data. You can remove the storage-hogging application and all of its data directly from this screen, or manually remove the data by opening the app. Some applications, especially those designed by Apple, will allow you to remove stored data by swiping from left to right on the item to reveal a Delete button.


     Cheers, Tom