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Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

My wife and my­self each have an iPhone 4S, which we have syn­chro­nised with our Mac Pro us­ing iTunes. When I view the stor­age used, the ‘other’ cat­e­gory show as ap­prox­i­mately 7-9GB of the 32GB avail­able. What is this? Barry Ken­dal

Other is usu­ally stor­age claimed by apps that can’t be neatly cat­e­gorised into pho­tos, video, mu­sic and so on. Cached What­sApp chats, for ex­am­ple, or saved games. Check us­age in Set­tings > Gen­eral > Stor­age & iCloud Us­age > Man­age Stor­age. Some apps have an op­tion to dis­card this, but mostly they need to be deleted and re­in­stalled.

Some­times apps can have bugs whereby they fail to free up tem­po­rary space they’ve been al­lo­cated. If the size of ‘other’ seems to creep up in­ex­orably, even though you’re not saving any­thing, this may be the cause. Un­til fixed, you may need to re­in­stall that app pe­ri­od­i­cally.

The fi­nal source of ‘other’ stor­age is when an iTunes sync gets cor­rupted and creates dupes of an app’s stor­age. Then, a backup and re­store is needed to get rid of it.

If your iOS de­vice shows too much stor­age in the ‘Other’ cat­e­gory, check your video col­lec­tion.

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