- 12-25-2012, 08:46 AM #1
when you go to phone storage under settings then click on the bar illustrating the amount of storage you've used up, it shows this screen... https://skydrive.live.com/#cid=A352F...E3A2002B%21537 ... so what in gods name is taking up 3.35 gigs of "other" space? I've scoured every nook and cranny of the internet (figuratively) and I have yet to come up with an answer... Please help.
- 12-25-2012, 09:12 AM #4
It's mostly like a bunch of data being cached by apps. This happens all the time on my iPhone but the good things is by going to the usage tab I can see what apps are doing it. The usual suspects are Facebook, twitter, reddit.
- 12-25-2012, 09:55 AM #6
It is space used by apps for storing things like maps for Nokia Drive and Nokia maps. Anything that apps will use. It might also be reserved space for PC sync but I'm not sure about that. Windows Phone 7 used to keep a reserved space for this but I haven't seen evidence of this in WP8. I did just download a Map for Navigon just to check and my other total went up with the download.
- 12-25-2012, 10:49 AM #7
What Dave Blake said. On another thread for this topic, someone posted the answer they got from MS and it was pretty much what Dave just said. It's like browser cache, but for all the apps and the OS... if they need to store some stuff, that's where it's stored.
12-25-2012, 12:30 PM #11
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There is something going on with this other storage thing. A lot of people are losing space and cannot load any apps and such and it just keeps growing. I believe it's a storage leak and it's not allocating the space needed properly for certain apps. There should be a way to clean up the cache MS needs to fix this asap! It's killing the storage for other users and mine is growing everyday I'm at 1.14 gigs and still counting...
12-26-2012, 12:20 PM #12
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I've uninstalled 3 or 4 applications, including facebook, and the free memory went up to 350mb from the previous 120mb, thing is... the "other" category only decreased 50mb. I've tested this whole "reserved space" that becomes free when needed and its pure bul****. I have 350mb free and if I try to install something which is over 100mb it says I don't have sufficient space...
12-26-2012, 12:29 PM #13
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It doesn't free up space automatically. Maybe its supposed to but it doesn't work. My free space has gotten down as low as 100MB and other never changes. In fact when I tried to download a game that was 100MB with 300MB free it wouldn't let me and told me I needed to free up space...even though other was taking up nearly 3GB. Microsoft needs to give us a way to empty this if it is indeed a cache. Deleting internet history is the only possible way I've found to slightly reduce it, but you lose your saved passwords and cookies. Please fix Microsoft!
12-26-2012, 03:43 PM #14
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You people have different phones?
Mine came with 1.something Gb in "other" from the box. I just left it there, it now floats around 1.5G. I'm assuming it's caches, temps, and common data.
I also remembered that my "app" data never grew when adding accounts, so I'm guessing things like OS apps store there - don't know about you folks but I have a TON of emails. I assume some of that stuff (mail, contacts, local backup before being uploaded, temporary data, drafts, etc) all end up there. Xbox data, like caches of avatar customization? Unpacked versions of jpegs for use as lock screen? Cached music thumbnails? Cached artist lockscreens?
I only have about 100M of map data, but conversations are fairly large, as I have images in them. Contacts also feature a few hundred images, mail is packed, and so on. No idea if that goes under OS, app or "Other"
- 12-26-2012, 06:55 PM #16
Windows Phone shrinks cache to compensate when you run up against your storage limit. In other words, if you have 6 gigs of storage, 5.5 gigs of which is taken up by "other," and want to install a 1 gig app, Windows Phone 8 will shrink the cache by at least half a gig to "make room."
12-26-2012, 07:09 PM #17
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The issue is it's not. I tested it on my 8GB 8X which has 2GB of other after about a month of use. I downloaded enough audio to the phone to get it within 100 MB of it's limit. I then attempted to transfer a larger video file and it ran out of space. Other never budged in size.
12-31-2012, 05:03 AM #20
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It's an unfixed problem from WP7. It seems that Microsoft wasn't smart enough to include a way for apps to delete its cache automatically after a certain amount of time... which is really annoying.
If you remember back in WP7, there's an app from Jaxbot called 'CacheClearer' App: CacheClearer [Updated: v2] - Windows Phone Hacker
I downloaded it in my previous Omnia 7 and instantly received back more than 1GB worth of space.
I suspect the same thing is happening in WP8, which Microsoft decides to be ignorant of the issue again. With no way to clear cache for apps, the more you use the internet-connected apps, the more cache it will accumulate and so far I don't see any way to delete it. It's an important issue that needs to be solved.
- 01-01-2013, 08:19 PM #21
I may have found a big reason for the bloated "other" section. My other section is now at 6.5gb. I think this has to do with video recording on the phone. My phone was at 5.9gb last time I checked it but I took a few videos today and noticed the other storage section got larger. So I decided to do an experiment. I recorded a 15 second clip on my phone and immediately deleted it. I checked the other section and it had gone up. So I again recorded a 15 second clip and deleted. Again other storage went up. So apparently the video is getting "deleted" but still taking up space on the phone...
- 01-02-2013, 05:20 AM #22
01-02-2013, 05:45 AM #23
- 18 Posts
We started the discussion a few days ago on this thread:
You can read the whole thread for more information, we already talked much about it, and tried plenty of things, but we don't know exactly what this "Other" section is.
01-25-2013, 09:30 AM #25
- 4 Posts
from Nokia discussions:
The Other category consists mostly of various operating system caches (temporary files), Maps and 3rd party application data. Also email, calendar, contacts and Office application data counts towards this figure, but are typically smaller contributors.
The figure shows how much content, downloaded through normal use of the phone, remains available for re-use. For example, when the phone is used to browse the Internet, or install applications and application updates, the caches related to these functions grow in size correspondingly. Another contributor to growth of this category is Maps data, whether it is downloaded on-demand when browsing around in Nokia Maps or when you download the maps of entire countries or other regions for off-line use. Furthermore, Photos, Music and Video create an index that grows with number the files located in Phone memory and in any inserted micro-SD card.
the link: Re: What is "Other" under Storage? - Nokia Support Discussions
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