“Other”: what is this data on your iPhone and how to be with them

If you connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes, you will be able to see how much space occupy the data the “Other” category. Not all users understand what this data is, why can they take so much space and how iOS works with them. With the help of our colleagues from iDownloadBlog and this article we will try to explain all that is known about the data the “Other” category, and not to leave matters.

How can I tell how much space is “the Other”

Unfortunately, iOS will not allow you to view this information. You’ll need to use the USB cable to connect your device to your computer and open iTunes. In iTunes you need to click on the icon of your device and move the cursor on the yellow field on the scale of space.

What is included in this “Other”

The answer is quite simple: all that is not included in other categories presented in iTunes, such as applications, audio, books, documents, videos, photos and podcasts. If you believe Apple, in the category “Other” includes the following information:

  • Device settings
  • The Voice Of Siri
  • The voices in high quality for VoiceOver
  • System files
  • Cached files

Offline reading list in Safari, files, and content created using applications, contacts, calendar events, messages and attachments in e-mail are not included in the Other category and are data and documents.

Here is what is included in each category:

  • Audio: songs, podcasts, audiobooks, ringtones and voice memos
  • Video: movies, music videos, TV shows
  • Photo: snapshots of the camera, photo stream, photo library
  • Applications: installed applications
  • Books: iBooks books and PDF files
  • Documents and data: the reading list Safari, files created with applications, contacts, calendars, messages, mail and attachments
  • Other: settings, Siri voices, system files and cache

Why cash is included in “Other”

According to Apple, the cache is generated when you are viewing videos or photos or listen to music online. These data are cached by the device. Unfortunately, you can’t easily look at the cache of each app and clear it. iOS manages them independently. You can see the heavy video and you will see that none of the applications will not occupy more space, but the amount of free memory will be decreased. She’s busy cached video which belongs to the category “Other”.

How iOS manages the cache

iOS is designed to automatically cache data and clear them at the discretion of the system itself. She’s handling it well. A large portion of the cached files is indeed viewed the video. However, there is also a cache of applications that they use to accelerate their work. It is understood that clearing this cache, you do not risk losing any data. They are stored on your device, and iOS apps can re-download them if necessary. Some apps offer to manually clear the cache in the settings. You can also use a special application, if you think that iOS is not well cope with its task.

How can you reduce the amount of “Other” data

Any user will decide to deal with cache much more aggressively than it does iOS. This can help the application PhoneExpander, about which we already told. There are other apps that can work with files in the “Other” category. You will be surprised how much space can be freed by getting rid of the cache. You will also be able to identify applications that began to take up too much space. It is recommended to uninstall and install again.

If you don’t want to clean the temporary files manually, restart the device iOS can prompt and force the system to deal with stale cache.

According to the materials of iDownloadBlog

Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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