Force iOS Devices to Recalculate “Other” Capacity in iTunes
The “Other” capacity in iTunes is supposed to estimate the size of system software, contacts, Messages data, and things that are not listed elsewhere in the labeled capacities list of storage on an iOS device. Sometimes other data will become mislabeled or misappropriated to the “Other” category, and suddenly it’s reported as being much larger than it actually is on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
Though this has no impact on device performance, some people find it annoying when Other is eating up a lot of capacity on an iOS device, so here’s an easy fix that will often get the Other space to be recalculated into a more accurate number:
- Connect the iPad, iPod, or iPhone to a computer
- Launch iTunes
- Hold the Power and Home button until the device forcibly reboots
- Relaunch iTunes
The Other space should recalculate to be a reasonable amount, though you usually need to relaunch iTunes to see the change.
If the above method didn’t work for you, you can also try the traditional approach to fixing a gigantic Other category size, which can remedy it many situations.
Note that sometimes the only way to clear out and remove the Other storage is to restore the iOS device, which is a process of backing it up, wiping it, then restoring from the backup. Yes, that may sound a bit extreme, but it works when nothing else does, and there are times when no other solution will remove the Other space.
Thanks to hironaka and alan for the tip