I have a jailbroken iPhone, and it's low on space. Much of the wasted space seems to have been consumed by the "Other" part of the space display in iTunes.

How can I get a breakdown of how that space is being used? The restore process from my backup may have left some extra crap around, so I'm thinking that maybe some of it's just incidental data that I could clean up if I knew what was there.

On my mac, I'd use DaisyDisk or something like it; does something like that exist for iPhones?


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This space is taken by Application Metadata, and is also taken by Jailbreak applications since iTunes doesn't know that these are regular apps. Doing a full restore of your iPhone through iTunes should clear up this space. There aren't any utilities like DaisyDisk for iOS and the closest thing is iFile on Cydia, an application for managing the files on your device.

  • It looks like I have two Application folders in /var/stash; is that possibly part of the problem?
    – Chris R
    Commented Mar 26, 2011 at 17:02
  • @ChrisR: First off, it's impossible to have two of the same directory with the same name in one directory. Are they named differently? Are the contents different? Commented Mar 26, 2011 at 17:04
  • Sorry, I wasn't clear; the /Applications symlink points to (roughly) /var/stash/Applications.skjSFs but there's also an older /Applications.9dsaf (I'm not looking right at them, so the random parts are different).
    – Chris R
    Commented Mar 26, 2011 at 17:21
  • What I've discovered is that /var/mobile/Applications has a great many duplicate applications. Here's a new question with details, if you would like to answer it: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/10899/…
    – Chris R
    Commented Mar 26, 2011 at 18:57

I have found that there is a folder "var/mobile/media/applicationarchives" that strores zip versions of your apps when attempting to appsync to itunes. If there is an interruption, the file may not auto delete and still occupy the space. You simply ssh into that directory and delete. BAM!- you're good.

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