HowTo free up „other“ space on iPhone, iPad, iPod

As lots of other users I have experienced this mysterious „other“ space you can see when you connect you iDevice to iTunes. I was not satisfied about any of the explanations you will find searching the web and specifically the apple support pages. On post at the apple discussion forum pages really fixed this issue for me (link). It seems like these „other“ stuff is mainly leftovers from the music synchronization where Apple seams to have problems syncing properly over a long period of time. I had around 2.8 GB of other stuff eating up valuable storage place on my devices.

The solution:

  1. Simply go to General –> Usage
  2. there select Music
  3. swipe to the left (ios7, to the right other versions) and select delete
  4. restart the device by resetting it (hold down power and home button until device has shut down and you can see the apple icon again).

connect to iTunes, and voila in my case all the „other“ space was gone, the music was still in place. If it works for you too, spread this link so all the others having lost lots of space can regain their property ;-).

Loose some weight in OSX – removing unused languages

If you are like most of the average mac user out there, you should normally need no more than 1 – 3 languages installed on your mac. Per default there are a lot more language pack installed for each application on your system. It is possible to free up significant space by removing the unused language data. I do this after each OSX upgrade (major version) because they are delivered with each new realease (e.g. snow leopard, lion, mountain lion). I could regain more than 3GB of disk space with removing the unused languages. You can do it on your own, if you search the web a little and have some scripting skills, but to speed up the process, simple download the open source tool monolingual (click for link) which does the work for you. Simply download the .dmg file, install the package and launch monolingual. At the main app screen monolingual_main

you see a list of all installed languages on your system. Per preset there are some deselected, these ones will reside on your system. Please go through the list and select all languages which have to be deleted and deselect all languages you want to stay on your system. Afterwards hit the remove button in the bottom right corner of the main window. The removal process will take a little to finish depending on how many applications you have installed on your system.

How To Reclaim iPad Capacity „Other“

Do you have the problem that your iPad shows you more than 1,2…5GB of used up space called other capacity (yellow) in iTunes and you will be damned if you know what that is? I had this problem like a lot of others and I was very stunned when I learned at a post in the web that this huge amount of data can be used up by safari history, data and cookies. So to get rid of the high amount of „useless“ data, simply goto Settings, Safari and clear the history cache and data and cookies. It worked like a charm for me, so hopefully it will also fix your problem.