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  2. On a Mac or PC, plug the iPhone into a computer and open iTunes to click on the phone icon and view storage broken down by Apps,TV Show, Music, Movies, Photos, and Other. Hover over one of these.
  3. This includes each app’s downloaded data, your Safari browser cache, the Mail app’s cache, downloaded emails and attachments, pages for Safari’s reading list, notes, voice memos, backup files, and possibly even files left over from jailbreaking your device.

The app is available for both Windows and Mac users, however the location of Drive has changed. For Mac users, Drive is found in Finder under Devices. In Windows, users can find their files as a. Apple provides a cloud-based storage service, called iCloud, that makes it possible for us to sync our documents and files across all of our iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices. The program used to access these files is called iCloud Drive ( in iOS 11, the app is called Files ).

What is 'Other' and What Can I Do About It?


'Other' on your iDevice


When you connect your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone to your computer and open iTunes, you will find a graph of the space usage that may look like this:



Note the category at the end called 'Other.' What is 'Other?' iTunes has 8 standard data categories listed in the Data Bar of iTunes. They are called Apps, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, Books, Photos, and Info. Basically, anything stored on your iDevice that cannot fit into one of those 8 categories is categorized as 'Other.' This includes:



  • Browser cache
  • Mail cache
  • Mail messages
  • Mail attachments
  • What goes under the app category on mac storage manager
  • Safari's Reading List
  • iTunes Backups
  • Crud resulting from jailbreaking your iDevice
  • Game data
  • Saved data files
  • Call history
  • Notes
  • Media
  • Voice memos


  • As you can see there's a lot of stuff that ends up in 'Other.' If you never clean up things the stuff accumulates like old toys in an attic. Soon you find half the space on your iDevice is taken up by 'Other.' This is not good. You want to clean things out. So here's how you do it:

    What Goes Under The App Category On Mac Storage System



  • Download PhoneClean - Clean Up Your iPhone iPad that can reclaim a considerable amount of free space on your iDevice.
  • Read and follow the tips in these articles: Reclaim 'Other' storage space on iPad, iPhone and iPod - AppDucate, What is the Other on my iPhone and How to Remove It, and How Do I Get Rid Of The 'Other' Data Stored On My iPad Or iPhone? [Ask MacRx] Cult of Mac.

  • 'Other' on Your Computer


    On your Mac you may also see an 'Other' reported when you check on your drives using About This Mac from the Apple () menu.


    When you observe the Storage display via the About This Mac dialog you will see something like this:



    Note the similarity to what you might find on your iDevice. There are 5 data categories: Audio, Movies, Photos, Apps, and Backups. Anything else is categorized as 'Other.' 'Backups' refers to Time Machine Snapshots that are made when the Time Machine backup drive is not available. When the backup drive is finally reconnected, Time Machine is supposed to transfer the snapshots to the Time Machine backup drive then erase the ones on your hard drive. 'Apps' only include those found in your Applications folder. Thus, 'Other' consists of some of the same types of files found on your iDevice:



  • Browser cache
  • Mail cache
  • Mail messages
  • Mail attachments
  • Safari's Reading List
  • Saved data files
  • Notes
  • Media
  • Printer drivers
  • Language files
  • Preference files
  • Preference panes
  • Operating System files (logs, caches, temp files, etc.)
  • Most all of OS X


  • This is really a short list of what is categorized as 'Other' because it does not fit into any of the other 5 categories.


    The problem is you cannot go searching out just any old files on your hard drive and deleting them. If you do you may find that your OS X system no longer works. This could lead to a lengthy reinstallation or even to erasing the hard drive and starting over from scratch. No, this is a process that requires some delicacy and finesse. Firstly, you should search your drive for large files and where they are located. Use a utility such as OmniDiskSweeper 1.8 or GrandPerspective.


    Secondly, follow suggestions below for cleaning up your hard drive of unnecessary files taking up space on your hard drive.


    Freeing Up Space on The Hard Drive



  • You can remove data from your Home folder except for the /Home/Library/ folder.
  • Visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQ on freeing up space on your hard drive.
  • Also, see Freeing space on your Mac OS X startup disk.
  • SeeWhere did my Disk Space go?.
  • SeeThe Storage Display.
  • Read Reclaim hard-drive space.


  • Empty the Trash in order to recover the space the files occupied on the hard drive. If you cannot free up enough space, then you should consider replacing the drive with a larger one. Check out OWC for drives, tutorials, and toolkits.


    Thirdly, locate any duplicate files on your hard drive and delete them. You can use one of several utilities designed to locate duplicate files such as:





    Hopefully, this discussion will put an end to any concerns you've had about 'Other.'