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What is 'Others' in iPhone capacity bar?

07-10-2009, 09:02 PM
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What is 'Others' in iPhone capacity bar?

When you sync your iPhone, you can see a capacity bar from iTunes and it reads like this:
Audio, Video, Photos, Apps, Other.
What's 'Other'?

My iPhone is not and has never been jailbroken, so it can't be that. I've also emptied suspect apps like AirSharing. So what's 'Other' and how can I delete it? It's taking 800mb of my iPhone!!

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07-10-2009, 09:08 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by donkei View Post
When you sync your iPhone, you can see a capacity bar from iTunes and it reads like this:
Audio, Video, Photos, Apps, Other.
What's 'Other'?

My iPhone is not and has never been jailbroken, so it can't be that. I've also emptied suspect apps like AirSharing. So what's 'Other' and how can I delete it? It's taking 800mb of my iPhone!!
occasionally itunes won't recongnize a video, podcast, or application as an app and just says other instead. It's not extra data.

07-10-2009, 09:08 PM
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I think it is probably like the contacts, bookmarks in Safari, and all the little settings.
07-10-2009, 09:10 PM
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure "other" is the iPhone OS.
07-10-2009, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by mrchennyken View Post
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure "other" is the iPhone OS.
It's part of it, but it sure as hell ain't 800 megs. Other is only 400 mb on my iPod.
07-10-2009, 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by mrchennyken View Post
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure "other" is the iPhone OS.
Maybe but when we first bought the device and sync it to iTunes, nothing shows up in the Capacity bar. Isn't the iPhone OS built in?
07-10-2009, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by mrchennyken View Post
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure "other" is the iPhone OS.
no they have a certain space for the iphone os its not included in the data count

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07-10-2009, 09:19 PM
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Other is all the fonts, menus, and all the included applications like Safari, Notes, Phone, etc. For jailbroken devices, the other will be larger because that's where your themes, Winterboard, etc. is stored.

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07-10-2009, 11:47 PM
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Originally Posted by goldglover411 View Post
no they have a certain space for the iphone os its not included in the data count
actually i think it is in the data count. the memory the device claims to have is just an estimate.

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07-10-2009, 11:51 PM
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Originally Posted by goldglover411 View Post
no they have a certain space for the iphone os its not included in the data count
It's not efficient to have two separate storage devices in the same device. You'd have to pool together the OS and the music/apps/video/photo, which would take a good flow of power. The OS is included in the data count, everything is kept in the same hard drive.