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Luckily my iPad is 64gb so I don't have to worry too much about managing my space, I still have about 16gb free so it's all good.

But you know in iTunes, when you click on 'iPad' or whatever other thing you have plugged in, it shows the remaining capacity and what it's being used for. Like music, movies, apps, photos, books, and of course "other". Well, my "other" category is now taking up a whopping 3.6gb of space! I know for a fact that it didn't take up nearly that much space, and it's been growing over time. So I was wondering what it is that takes up space in the "other" category and how you can empty it out to open up space and tidy up a little bit.

asked Sep 04 '10 at 20:16

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edited Sep 04 '10 at 20:45


Not even! He asked mainly what took it up, i was looking more for how to clean it up..

(Sep 05 '10 at 02:08) Phoenix7 Phoenix7's gravatar image

The "other" portion would be the operating system itself, along with data and preference files. The OS is not "Firmware" as some people like to call or believe it to be, it's saved on the same memory / storage modules as other assets. The OS itself, normally only takes up about 400-600MB, the rest are preference files, data files, other little assets that an application may save to disk, and virtual memory and pipes saved to disk... there's also cache files which have been known to take up as much as 1 gig of storage combined.

answered Sep 04 '10 at 21:11

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edited Sep 04 '10 at 21:13

Based on the size of the OS it shouldn't take that much space in the other section, I always thought that after installing the OS, apple simply makes a giant file full of dummy data just to take up extra space. (apple's way of saying "haha you cant use all of your space")

Imagine the conversation that took place when apple was releasing the device.

Programmer: Steve, I just finished the latest firmware update for the ipad. <<< Steve: (very loud yelling and cussing) followed by: Why is it only taking up 500MB? <<<< Programmer: I don't understand, the OS is complete and that is the install size. <<<< Steve: ~pushes programmer out of the way~: Opens the editor and adds some code that will create a large file containing dummy data. <<<< Programmer: Why would you do that? <<<< Steve: Because I can, thats why.

answered Sep 04 '10 at 23:00

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edited Sep 04 '10 at 23:35

The initial install is only about 500MB, but then you have to take into consideration of generated files such as cache files, downloaded content from Safari such as cached images, app preferences and data, emails, other documents, UNIX pipe files.. it slowly adds up.

(Sep 05 '10 at 02:53) Granit Granit's gravatar image

The OS is what fills it up, Usually archived data so things load faster.

answered Sep 05 '10 at 03:04

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For Me it's pretty much completely down to the YouTube App. Every time I watch a video the "yellow peril" strikes...

answered Jul 17 '11 at 16:48

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Jailbreak data, if your iPod is jailbroken, and the OS information, notes, contacts all of those things go on other.

answered Jul 17 '11 at 20:08

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