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.
My iPad has been having this problem in spades.
Initially, I was informed that I had ~7GB of Other and 4.3GB of photos. After deleting all photos on the iPad, I was down to 0GB photos, but Other jumped to over 11GB.
Subsequently, I have done a full restore, after substantial difficulty generating a backup that didn't report that it was corrupt or incompatible with the iPad that generated it in the first place. I had to delete, and then redelete (from iTunes), and then once again delete (this itme from the file system in the MobileSync/Backups folder), all of my existing backups, the last one after unsynching all of the video on the device, before i got a backup made from scratch that didn't trigger the error message when i tried to restore from backup via iTunes.
On the initial restore (prior to completely wiping the ipad back to factory settings), the Other usage dropped from 11.1 GB to 9.2GB. I restored to factory settings, and restored from backup. Once again, Other was back up over 9GB. I deleted a couple of Apps whose usage was showing far higher in system preferences than the amount that appeared to be in use inside of the apps. Still no change to Other use.
Concurrent to all of this, I have tried many of the "hold down the power button" resets, none of which ever changed a thing wrt the Other use. I still have 11GB in use as of this writing.
Any help? Am I going to have to restore ALL of my settings by hand from a completely wiped iPad (which, at this point, would have taken less time than I've spent dicking around with the various attempts to restore from backups)?