Other Data on iPhone – The Yellow Bar of Death

The Issue – After upgrading to iOS5 I noticed I had 4gb of “other” data when performing Syncs. Large amounts of Other Data appears to be a common problem on iPhone 3 & 4 with a major uptick of the issue reported after upgrading to iOS5. Apple Support search results for other data iOS5.

The (normal) Solutions (you wouldn’t be here if these worked…) I tried the most common solutions. Turning off iTunes Sync of Music and Photos. Turning off Sync for everything.  Full restore from backup. Reset the device. Hard Reboots (hold Power and home buttons simultaneously for about 10 seconds). I even tried clearing the browser cache. No matter what I tried… the Yellow Bar of Death would not go away and continued to taunt me daily.  And I could not, let, the, phone, win!

Solution! –  iExplorer (Mac/PC) is a utility which lets you view the contents of your iPhone or iPad. Bingo! It took some work but I found the culprit – an “orphaned” 11 second 3.2 gigabyte video of pocket lint. The video did not show up on my iPhone or in Windows Explorer (thanks Cupertino…) but it did in iExplorer. I copied the MOV file to my computer and the size indeed showed as 3.2gigs (pocket lint in HD). With a local copy I deleted the video from the phone using iExplorer. Boom! I have defeated the yellow bar of death!! Yessssss!!!

Other Data – What is it? After several restores, resets, reboots and removing all apps, music and data my phone refused to give up 3.8 gb of “Other”.
Other Data - yellow bar of death

No Photos or Videos – No music, photos or videos… Lies!!
Album - No Photos or Videos

iExplore – Oh hey lookie over hereiPhone › Media › DCIM › browse all the folders
iExplorer - Other Data

Viewing the iPhone Control folders. I thought this was it as I had over 100 Music folders despite not having any music on the phone or set to sync. Deleteting them did not free up any space. Noted as “other” data can be here. Check all your folders and give them a second to enumerate.
iExplorer - iTunes Control Folder

7 thoughts on “Other Data on iPhone – The Yellow Bar of Death

  1. Wood furnishings has something very all natural about it.
    There is this sense of warmth, of nature and also of style that could be be discovered in wood furniture.
    Hardwood is born coming from the planet. It feeds the fire,
    disintegrates in to ashes as well as blows away.
    It is incredibly close to the human life
    in the world. Might be actually that is why it sounds a lot along with our team.
    Might be that is why you still get that hot sensation when you handle a rich mahogany

  2. Many…..many……many……many….thanks to the writer/publisher for this great job. I was frustrated for my “other” data. It was about 2.54GB. My iphones capacity only 14GB. I tries many ways to remove “other” from my iphone. But i failed. At last I have found this article and follow it. Now my “other” data is zero.

  3. I just found the best solution to remove all other data in my iPhone4 on iOS 6.0.1. After every new suggested way in internet I just got only fraction of this yellow bar reduced and that was frustrating. Then I thought about Cydia, because my iPhone is jailbroken. First I installed a program called CleanMyI but it also did very small part of the job. Then I found iCleaner. In couple munutes iTunes showed no yello bar at all and I’m finally happy :) Good luck!

  4. Awesome! Thanks for the tip, it was driving me crazy!!

    Open up iExplorer and delete everything in the /Media/ApplicationArchives folder

    Thanks again guys!!

  5. Thanks – I tracked down a 700Mb .zip archive created by The Settlers game, at /Media/ApplicationArchives. I had previously uninstalled the game, and wouldn’t have found the stray .zip without iExplorer.

  6. thank you so much this worked a treat. i found rogue mov files in iexplorer which werent making their presence shown in the front end. reduced my yellow other substatially. thanks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *