10/20/11
10:09 am

Forum Question: Does iOS5 Utilize a Lot Of Free Space On Mobile Devices?

I just upgraded my iPhone4 and iPad2 to iOS5. I was somewhat surprised to see it used 4gb & 7gb of free space on the 4 and 2 respectively. Is this to be expected, or did I have bad installs? This is the 1st iOS upgrade that used a large amount of my devices free space, let alone approx 25% of the devices total formatted capacity. Thak in advance for your help…
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Scott

Comments: 6 Responses to “Does iOS5 Utilize a Lot Of Free Space On Mobile Devices?”

    10/20/11 @ 10:14 am

    How are you measuring this?
    When you connect to your computer and view the space usage in iTunes, what does it say there? You should see a chart with the details of what your space is used for.

    Scott
    10/20/11 @ 10:34 am

    I’m measuring it in iTunes, with the chart. Says I’m using 4gb & 7 gb of “Other” (yellow bar), and that my remaining free space is reduced by that amount.

      10/20/11 @ 10:57 am

      OK, so 4GB and 7GB of “Other.” That makes it a lot clearer. “Other” can be a lot of things and there doesn’t seem to be a definitive answer to what goes in there. A lot of people suggest doing a backup/restore to get that space back. But I think it will eventually be reclaimed automatically, maybe. So unless you are having a problem now I would let it go for a bit and see what happens.

    Scott
    10/20/11 @ 2:24 pm

    Gary, thanks much. I’ll take your advice and let it go for awhile. Had you heard of this happening prior to my post?

      10/20/11 @ 2:29 pm

      I’ve heard of people having space used up by “other” but that has been a thing since the first iPhone, not new to iOS 5.

    Scott
    10/20/11 @ 3:22 pm

    Thanks. The really interesting thing to me is that “other” uses approximately 80-85% of the amount of space used by the sum of all my apps and content on both devices.

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