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Most iOS users encounter “Other” for the first time when they connect their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a computer, where they’ll find it listed in the little iTunes usage bar graph. With everything else so well labeled, Other can be a bit of a mystery, particularly when it takes up a ton of storage in iOS.

What is ‘Other’ space?

The “Other” storage space is generally a combination of local caches from apps, browsers, mail, Messages, Reading List, saved games, app-specific documents and data, notes, and voice memos. Knowing this, it’s actually pretty easy to recover most of the space consumed in that category by targeting those things specifically.

Checking if “Other” Data is a Storage Problem

The “Other” storage isn’t always a large problem, and many users can use iOS devices for years without ever finding it to be an issue that is consuming unnecessary storage. On the other hand, a very obvious symptom of an abnormally large “Other” space hog is a mysterious lack of available storage capacity on an iOS device, despite not having much music, movies, media, apps, or photos stored locally.

If you don’t have such an obvious sign something is up, here’s how you can figure out if Other space may be too large on your device:

Checking on the iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch

Though there is no direct way to see “Other” space in iOS, you can get a rough idea by taking a peak at general space usage stats:

Open Settings, go to “General”, then go to “Usage”

Now look at sizes of “Available” vs “Used” at the top of the Storage screen, and compare that to the size of the apps you have installed. Just do some rough math in your head, and if there is a large discrepancy in space available vs space that is obviously used by apps, that’s probably the infamous “Other” taking up the extra storage.

This method is obviously imprecise, so you can connect the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch a computer with iTunes to get the exact number.

Checking Other from iTunes

iTunes is where most people are first introduced to the mystery “Other” capacity, and it’s by far the most direct way to see how much stored data is labeled that way:

Connect any iOS device to iTunes to see the yellow “Other” number

If “Other” is under 1GB you probably don’t have much to concern yourself with, but if starts taking up several GB of storage on a 16GB device, it can be very annoying and that’s the type of capacity issue that we’ll focus on reclaiming here.

How to Remove “Other” Data on iPhone, iPad

Follow these tricks in descending order, unlike a lot of the other crud you’ll find out there, these actually work to recover space.

1: Delete & Reinstall Apps with Bloated Local Data

Apps are usually fairly small, but with continuous usage some of them will expand to fairly large sizes due to local caches, saved games, components, and whatever else they decide to keep around. Here’s how you can see which apps have a lot of stuff stored locally:

Go to “Settings”, then “General” and look under “Usage”

Look at the largest apps and compare the Documents & Data size to the actual app size, these are what you should focus on for removal and reinstallation

Keep in mind that deleting apps and reinstalling them this way may cause you to lose local data, be it saved games, saved app caches, and certain app specific data and files, so you wouldn’t want to do this with apps that have locally stored data that is important to you.

One example that is fairly inconsequential to delete and reinstall is the Instagram app. The app itself only takes up about 25MB, but it’s “Documents & Data” after being used for a few months can easily expand to be 10x-20x that size as image cache is kept locally.

To recover that space from apps like this, simply delete them and then reinstall them from the App Store again.

Open Messages app, tap on “Edit”, then tap the red (-) button to delete an entire message thread

Repeat as necessary

If you’re looking to reclaim as much Other space as possible, clear out every message thread.

3: Clear Safari Cookies, Data, History

Being the default browser of iOS, Safari is unlike other browser apps, which will list their caches and cookie data in the aforementioned “Documents & Data” section of app usage. This means you have to delete Safari specific data separately:

Open Settings, then go to “Safari” and tap on “Clear Cookies, Data, History”

The Safari caches usually aren’t too large, but clearing them out can make a noticeable impact on Other in some cases. Keep in mind that deleting cookies means you will lose saved web settings and logins on websites, so be prepared for that.

4: Delete Voice Memos

If you use the Voice Memos app frequently, all those voice notes can wind up taking up a lot of storage space as they are basically just audio files. These are easily deleted though:

Open Voice Memos, tap on the memo to delete, then tap the red “Delete” button

Repeat as necessary, aim for the longer voice memos for the biggest gains

If you can’t part with some memos, consider trimming them down to the portions of the audio that matters most, this can help to reduce the space taken up by the individual memos.

5: Restart the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Once you’ve done the above steps, you should restart the iOS device so that it effectively recalculates the usage data. Connect it again to iTunes, or check the Usage stats again from Settings, and things should finally add up and that Other space should no longer be massive. If you do still see a large Other capacity, it may be due to a calculation error that can be resolved by forcing iTunes to re-sync and recalculate space use, but sometimes the only solution is to back up and then restore the device.

6: “Other” Still Bloated? Backup & Restore

If you have done all of the above and the Other space is still too large to make sense of, you may need to just backup and restore the device. This basically reinstalls iOS while preserving your data, and in the process it can clean out a lot of the junk that accumulated to create the humungous Other space. This can either be done with the assistance of a computer and iTunes, or entirely on the device itself with the help of iCloud. Here are the two basic steps and tutorials for each:

Back up the iPhone either through iTunes or iCloud

Restore the device from that backup

Restoring can take a while making this a less than ideal solution, but if none of the above tricks worked then you will find restoring almost always does.

Restoring from backups isn’t perfect though, particularly if the backups contain huge amounts of local data from apps, Messages, and other things that could have been cleaned up better using the tricks mentioned above. If you’ve restored and find the situation no better than before, a factory reset is often the only remaining solution.

Enjoy your newfound space on that iOS device, and if you’re still struggling trying to find some available storage, check out these simple tips to free up a significant amount of storage space on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.


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How To Print To Pdf On Iphone With 3D Touch

You can save nearly anything as a PDF from iPhone, all it takes is using a little known 3D Touch trick available only in Sharing action menus. Essentially this trick allows you to perform the iOS equivalent of Print to PDF like you would see on desktops like a Mac or Windows PC, except it’s on the mobile iOS world and available to iPhone users with 3D Touch devices.

You can perform the Print to PDF trick in iOS from just about any app, as long as it has the Sharing button and could theoretically print from it. This includes Safari, Pages, Notes, and other apps you’d expect to have this feature in. For demonstration purposes here, we’ll walk through this with Safari where we will use the print to PDF trick on a web page.

How to Print to PDF on iPhone with 3D Touch

This trick works the same to save just about anything as a PDF by using the print function within iOS, here’s how it works:

Open Safari (or another app you want to print to PDF from) and go to what you want to save as a PDF file

Tap the Sharing action button, it looks like a square with an arrow flying out of it

Now tap on “Print”

Next, perform a 3D Touch firm press on the first page preview to access the secret print to PDF screen option, this will open into a new preview window

Again tap on the Sharing action button at this new Print to PDF screen

Choose to save or share the document as a PDF – you can print to PDF and send it through messages, email, AirDrop, copy it to your clipboard, save the printed PDF to iCloud Drive, add it to DropBox, import it into iBooks, or any of the other options available in the sharing and saving actions

Your freshly printed PDF file will be available with whatever means you shared or saved the PDF. I typically choose to print the PDF and save it into iCloud Drive, but if you plan on sending it to another person through Messages or email to get a signature on the document or something similar, or send with AirDrop from the iPhone or iPad to a Mac, you can easily do that as well.

The ability to print to PDF is very popular and widely used, so it’s a bit of a mystery as to why iOS has this feature hidden behind a secret 3D Touch gesture within the Print function, rather than available as an obvious menu item within the Print menus like Print to PDF is on a Mac. As far as I can tell, there is absolutely nothing obvious to suggest this feature exists at all and it’s basically hidden, which is a little weird given how useful it is to save things like web pages or documents as PDF files. But now that you know it exists, you can print to PDF to your hearts delight, right from your iPhone. Perhaps a future version of iOS will make this great trick a bit more obvious, we’ll see.


How To Compress Video On Iphone Or Ipad

The iPhone and iPad can capture amazingly high definition video in 4K, 1080p, and 720p resolution, and while those movies will look fantastic they also create large file sizes. While you can always change the recording resolution of video in iOS ahead of time, another option is to compress video after the fact, thereby reducing its file size dramatically. Compressing video is helpful particularly if you want to share a video from an iPhone or iPad but you’re finding the movie file size is too large for a standard file transfer, message, or email.

We’re going to show you how to compress video on an iPhone or iPad to reduce the file size or lower the video definition quality. Compressing video is not a feature that is built into iOS natively however, so we’ll be relying on a free third party app that does the job quite well.

To be clear, this approach is taking a video file that is already recorded and stored on the iPhone or iPad and compressing it. If you want to make a smaller video file size to begin with, you can change from using 4K video capture to 1080p or 720p ahead of time, or changing the video recording frame rate at 60fps or 30fps, each of which will reduce the file size of a movie recording, but obviously that’s not helpful for changing the compression or video quality on a video that has already been captured. Thus, we’ll use Video Compressor to shrink down and reduce the file size and definition of a video in iOS.

How to Compress Videos from iPhone and iPad with Video Compressor

Grab Video Compressor for iOS on the App Store, it’s free and works on iPhone and iPad

Launch the Video Compressor app on the iPhone or iPad after you have downloaded it

Tap the video you want to compress and shrink down the file size for

At the video preview screen, select “Choose” to open that video into Video Compressor

Use the slider at the bottom of the screen to adjust the video compression based on target file size of the compressed video, the further the slider moves to the left the stronger the compression and the smaller the resulting file size of the video will be

When satisfied with the compression and target file size of the video, select “Save” in the upper right corner

Video Compressor will go to work on the targeted movie file, this can take a while depending on the size of the video selected on the iPad or iPhone

The compressed video will be saved to your iOS Camera Roll when complete

Video Compressor is very effective and you can easily shrink a very large high resolution video down to a remarkably small size. In the example above I shrunk a video to 4% of it’s original size using Video Compressor on an iPad, taking a 150mb video down to a mere 6mb. Of course this comes at a hefty cost to the video quality, since compressing video inevitably reduces the resolution and definition of any video, so use the slider and target size to suit your own use case and needs.

The ability to compress video to shrink down size and reduce quality should probably be built directly into iOS so that iPhone and iPad users can do this directly in iOS without requiring third party apps (a similar feature exists native in Mac OS video encoder tools), so perhaps we’ll get such an ability in iOS down the road too.

Keep in mind if you use iCloud (and you should) then if you try to email a very large video then you should be able to share it with Mail Drop too. And of course if you’re nearby to the person you want to share a large video with, then sending over AirDrop from an iPhone to a Mac or other device is a viable solution too.

It’s also worth pointing out that if you want to copy high definition videos from an iPad or iPhone to a computer the best way to do that is with a USB cable and direct transfer as described here, it tends to be the fastest approach that is also lossless.


How To Use The Firefox Lockwise App On Iphone And Ipad

You probably already use a password manager for your device or stick with iCloud Keychain. But if you have a lot a of saved logins and passwords in Firefox on your computer, the Firefox Lockwise app gives you those credentials to use on your iPhone or iPad.

The app is secured with your password, Touch ID, or Face ID and gives you adjustable settings to keep your details safe. Here, we’ll show you how to sign up, verify, and use Firefox Lockwise.

Firefox Lockwise for your Firefox logins

Download and sign into Firefox Lockwise

You can snag Firefox Lockwise for free on the App Store. It’s designed for iPhone and iPad.

After you download the app, enter the email address and password you use with other products such as the Firefox Browser, Firefox Monitor, or Firefox Send. You should receive a six-digit code to that email address. So grab it and enter it on the next screen.

Once you are logged into Firefox Lockwise, you can tap to set up AutoFill immediately or skip and do it later, which is super easy either way.

Use Firefox Lockwise

After you’re set up with the app, you should see a list of all your saved logins and passwords. You can sort them alphabetically or by recently used. Plus you can use the search at the top if you’re looking for a particular one.

Just tap to view any one of them, copy your username and/or password, or go directly to the website. You can also delete the login if you no longer use it.

When you go to a website, whether through the app or directly in your browser, you can tap to use Lockwise for those saved credentials just like you would with iCloud Keychain or another password app.

Adjust your settings

You have a few settings in Firefox Lockwise that you should take a moment to adjust before locking and closing the app. So, tap the gear icon to get started.

At the top of the Settings screen, you’ll see all of your Support options. So if you have a question, you know where to go.

Under Configuration, you have these options:

Account: Tap if you want to disconnect Firefox Lockwise. If you need to make changes to your Firefox account, you’ll need to jump online and open Firefox.

Auto Lock: Choose the time frame for locking the app after inactivity. You can pick from one minute up to 24 hours to never.

Preferred Browser: You can select from Safari, Firefox, Chrome, or another installed browser on your device for which you want to use with sites you open in Lockwise.

AutoFill Instructions: If you did not set up AutoFill when you logged in an verified the app, you’ll see the instructions to do so here.

The AutoFill setup is quite simple:

1) Open your device Settings and select Passwords & Accounts.

2) Tap Autofill Passwords and enable it if it’s disabled.

3) Select Lockwise from the list and deselect iCloud Keychain or your other password managers if you like. If you keep your other password tools checked, just be sure to select Lockwise for the credentials when logging into a site from your mobile browser.

Lock Now: When you finish using Firefox Lockwise, you can manually lock it here instead of waiting for the Auto Lock to apply if you like.

Wrapping it up

Firefox Lockwise is a handy app for those tons of saved logins and passwords you have in Firefox on your Mac. And if you open the app and tap a website to visit from the list, logging in is just as easy if you head to the site from your mobile browser.

Are you going to give Firefox Lockwise a try or do you plan to stick with your current password manager and move your Firefox logins to it? Let us know!

Opinion: Let The Ipod Touch Rest In Peace – Or Upgrade It Now

Remember the good old days when the iPod touch was the go-to device when you didn’t have an iPhone or iPad? Unfortunately, these days are slowly falling behind us. Apple doesn’t promote any iPods anymore, and it’s time to let this device rest in peace alongside all the other iPods — or upgrade it.

In fact, the iPod touch has been so forgotten by Apple and its users that you really need to search for it on Google to find out the company still sells the 2023 seventh-generation iPod touch in six colors and up to 256GB of storage.

Apple touted that the current iPod touch is all about the “fun at full speed.” The company even promoted the iPod touch as a gaming device before releasing its Apple Arcade service. Now, with over 180 games on its gaming subscription platform and three years later, the iPod touch feels lost in time.

It runs the A10 Fusion chip, found in the iPhone 7. Although it’s twice as fast as its previous model and has three times better graphics performance, with only a 4-inch Retina display, the iPod touch feels too small. It has an 8MP camera capable of video recording in 1080p HD and has a FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP resolution.

With an outdated camera and display size, and almost an outdated chip, will Apple try to revive the iPod glory in an eighth-generation?

What’s the point of having an iPod touch in 2023

With Family Sharing set up, the kid can also benefit from iCloud, asking for an adult to approve in-app payments, and it can always be found with the Find My feature. For an adult or an older person, the iPod touch will feel too small to read or play games. The iPod touch speakers also leave a lot to be desired.

If we compare the iPod touch with a gaming console, let’s go back to 2023. At the time of the seventh-generation iPod touch launched, Nintendo was still a few months away from introducing the $199 Nintendo Switch Lite practically created for kids. It has a more resistant design, unattachable controllers, and access to classic Nintendo games. Its larger screen compared to the iPod touch is also important to note.

When the Japanese company introduced a cheaper version of its successful Nintendo Switch console, the iPod touch also lost its “gaming device” benefit. In 2023, it’s way more noticeable. Here’s what my colleague Jeff Benjamin had to say about the iPod in 2023:

“How does the iPod touch 7th-gen work as a portable video game machine? I’ve found that it works fairly well if you consider a few potential caveats. The most obvious downside is screen size. While many of the games work well on the 4-inch display of the iPod touch, some games, like the third-person runner Hot Lava, are a stretch to play on such a small display.”

“For adults, this may be especially true, since bigger hands can easily obscure the display, which also serves as the primary controller for games on the platform. Using an external Bluetooth controller helps — iOS 13 adds PlayStation Dual Shock 4 and Microsoft Xbox One controller support — but such a setup isn’t exactly ideal for a device with a 4-inch display.“

What Apple could do about the iPod touch?

Apple has two-way outs with the iPod touch: it can upgrade it with better cameras, a larger display, and a faster processor with the A12 Bionic or superior. Or the company can say goodbye to the iPod once and for all.

As WWDC 2023 approaches, it could be a great time for Apple to announce one of the two things: the iPod line going away for good or giving it a well-deserved upgrade. iOS 15, for example, will probably stop supporting the iPhone 6s. With that in mind, the iPod touch and the A10 Fusion processor could be supported for just one more year — giving new buyers of the iPod only one major software update.


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Stop Scrolljacking: How To Remove Scroll Hijacking Fromand Other Websites

About scrolljacking

Scrolljacking, or scroll hijacking, is a very real usability issue.

Instead of scrolling up and down at your own pace, you’re forced to watching animated transitions or some other eye candy when turning the scroll wheel on your mouse. More often than not, such poor web design choices tax the user’s CPU and waste their time.

John Gruber, writing for Daring Fireball:

The AirPods Pro overview page is a strange beast. It pegs my 2024 MacBook Pro’s CPU — even when I’m not scrolling. I closed the tab a few minutes ago and my fan is still running. The animation is very jerky and scrolling feels so slow.

There’s so much scrolljacking that you have to scroll or page down several times just to go to the next section of the page. The animation is at least smooth on my iPad and iPhone, but even there, it feels like a thousand swipes to get to the bottom of the page. It’s a design that makes it feel like they don’t want you to keep reading.

He’s exactly right about scrolljacking making you wanna stop reading.

In case you’ve been wondering, not even Apple is immune to messing with your scrolling. Here are a few examples of Apple webpages that may visually stun you when visited for the first time but will frustrate you as soon as you feel like actually reading something without distractions or scrolling to the part that interests you.

The iPad Pro page is especially jarring — it forces horizontal scrolling when scrolling vertically.

Because scrolljacking uses JavaScript to alter how your browser works, temporarily disabling JavaScript before visiting the offending page will prevent scrolljacking from occurring.

TUTORIAL: How to enable the hidden Develop menu in Safari for Mac

Follow along with iDownloadBlog’s step-by-step tutorial included right ahead to learn how to prevent scrolljacking in Apple’s Safari browser for chúng tôi and other websites.

How to disable scrolljacking in Safari for iOS

Do the following to disable JavaScript in Safari for iPhone and iPad.

1) Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

2) Choose Safari from the list.

3) Tap Advanced at the bottom of the screen.

4) Slide the switch next to JavaScript to the OFF position in order to disable JavaScript.

Visiting the website that used to mess with your scrolling will now present you with easy-to-read content that looks great and behaves just as you’d expect it win terms of scrolling.

When done, don’t forget to re-enable JavaScript by sliding the above switch to the ON position to ensure full functionality on other websites that use JavaScript, like iCloud, Facebook, etc.

How to disable scrolljacking in Safari for macOS

The option to disable JavaScript is hidden under Safari’s dedicated menu for developers in order to prevent regular users from accidentally using the option.

1) Open Safari on your Mac.

4) Put a checkmark next to “Show Develop menu in menu bar”.

Now the Develop menu will appear in the menu bar whenever you have Safari open.

You can now visit a page that used to hijack your scrolling and enjoy content without distractions like autoscrolling, sudden scroll rate changes, resource and bandwidth-heavy animations and other stupidities that mess around with how scrolling works.

When done, don’t forget to re-enable JavaScript by deselecting the option Disable JavaScript in Safari’s Develop menu or ticking the box Enable Javascript in your Safari security settings.

Doing so shall ensure full functionality on complex websites which rely on JavaScript, such as Google Apps, chúng tôi Facebook and so forth.

Scrolljacking in other browsers

As we mentioned earlier, taking over your scrolling requires some smart Javascript code.

Even if your favorite web browser isn’t Apple’s Safari, disabling Javascript in it will effectively prevent the annoying scrolljacking code from running. Here are some quick instructors explaining how to disable Javascript in a trio of popular non-Apple browsers.

Again, don’t forget to re-enable Javascript in your browser when you’re done visiting the offending page in order to permit the browser to execute all JavaScript on all webpages.

Your experience with scrolljacking

And what about your experience with scrolljacking?

Have you encountered a webpage that uses scrolljacking yet? Those of you who have faced this problem on multiple websites, which one gave you a particular scrolljacking hell and why? Finally, name the offenders that deserve top spots in the Scrolljacking Hall of Shame.

Need help? Ask iDB!

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