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 capacities list. 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. Though this has no impact on device performance some people find it annoying, so here’s an easy fix:
- Connect the iPad, iPod, or iPhone to a computer
- Launch iTunes
- Hold the Power and Home button until the device forcibly reboots
The Other space should recalculate to be a reasonable amount, though you may need to relaunch iTunes to see the change.
If the above method didn’t work for you, try the traditional approach to fixing a gigantic Other category size, you may need to restore the iOS device though.
Thanks to hironaka and alan for the tip