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 ;-).

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.