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Old September 18th, 2013, 02:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was looking at how much space I have left on my s4 (16gb on Verizon), and saw that 6.35gb of space is being taken up my miscellaneous files. When I click on it, I have the option of deleting some of the files. I'm not sure what they are though. Some files are titled like an app (like Zedge or handcent) and others are things I don't know like AppGame or aquery. Can someone please explain to me what they are, and if they're safe to delete? Thanks.

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Anything with .temp as the start of it's file name is a temporary file that can be deleted. I would imagine anything else in there are caches for different apps.
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Can someone please explain to me what they are, and if they're safe to delete? Thanks.
Probably not since you don't list them. Some of them may be important and most probably aren't.

If there are any particularly large files or directories, you could list them out for us and we can have a look.

What you could do though is back them up and see what happens if you delete them from the phone.
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6147070[/URL]]Probably not since you don't list them. Some of them may be important and most probably aren't.

If there are any particularly large files or directories, you could list them out for us and we can have a look.

What you could do though is back them up and see what happens if you delete them from the phone.
Good advice. I have done the same thing. The Android file tree can be pretty confusing, if your not sure what your looking at.
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Probably not since you don't list them. Some of them may be important and most probably aren't.

If there are any particularly large files or directories, you could list them out for us and we can have a look.

What you could do though is back them up and see what happens if you delete them from the phone.
Sorry. I thought the lists between devices would more or less be the same. Here is what is listed and their file size (total 6.35gb):

viber 18.40 mb
.thumbnails 11.85 mb
samsung 2.95 mb
.face 2.77 mb
handcent 1.85 mb
photoeditor 1.49 mb
lazylist 508 kb
data 424 kb
programdata 364 kb*
burstlyimagecache 324 kb
appgame 220 kb
yahoo! 200 kb
zedge 192 kb

(from this point down, it starts saying .00 after the file size, such as 42.00 kb, instead of just 42 kb. Not sure if that matters or not)

application 68 kb
myboy 68 kb
.mmsyscache 64 kb
allshareplaylog 44 kb
iconrecv 40 kb*
media 40 kb
amazonmp3 32 kb
.polarisoffice5 32 kb
beam 32 kb
shareshot 20 kb
appdrawer 20 kb
aquery 20 kb
AI Factory Stats 12 kb
obb 8 kb
documents 8 kb
smemo 8 kb
sbeamshare 8 kb
indi 8 kb
audible 8 kb
.clipboard 8 kb
bluetooth 8 kb
snapchat 8 kb*
wdh_update 8 kb*
.avg 84 B
.aid.bak 80 B
.profig.os 36 B

The * means that there is no option to select and delete it.

It was also suggested to back up the files and delete to try it out. I'm not sure how to do that. How do I go about doing it?

Thanks.
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Most of those are app related but you are clearly missing something. That lot doesn't add up to even a tiny fraction of the 6.35GB you refer to. I haven't actually added them up but the largest is only 18MB and most of them are absolutely tiny. I would guess that the total size of the files you list above is a lot less than 100MB so there is another 6.25 (ish) GB unaccounted for.

Even if you were to delete all of these, you wouldn't notice any material increase in free space.

Try using a tool like DiskUsage to analyze the disk and find out what is really taking up the space.
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Most of those are app related but you are clearly missing something. That lot doesn't add up to even a tiny fraction of the 6.35GB you refer to. I haven't actually added them up but the largest is only 18MB and most of them are absolutely tiny. I would guess that the total size of the files you list above is a lot less than 100MB so there is another 6.25 (ish) GB unaccounted for.

Even if you were to delete all of these, you wouldn't notice any material increase in free space.

Try using a tool like DiskUsage to analyze the disk and find out what is really taking up the space.
Yeah, I noticed that, but that's what it says. I was hoping you android guru's would be able to explain that to me. Could it be the OS and what not that's taking up that space and just isn't listed? Using DiskUsage, apps take 1994 mb, media 482 mb, system data and 346 mb. Everything else is free space. Nothing being used is over a gig besides the combined usage of apps.
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Default I have the same probpem.

What I have been reading is that it's all just a bunch of bloat ware that cannot be removed the official statement for a woman at Verizon says that you should just get a 64GB SD card. It's all stuff that was put on it before you even turned your phone on for the first time...
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I am having the same issue with my S4 -- if you look under Miscellaneous the files barely add up to 100Meg no the 6.9gig.

If you run DiskUsage -- it shows that out of 9.8G(shouldn't it show 16G?) 7.4G is under System Data but I cant get any info on that.

I even tried a custom Rom Wicked and it still shows the problem.
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It could be your nandroid backups. If you have them stored on the phone and not the SD they will under Misc files. They take up quite a bit of space. Especially if you have more than 1 on the phone.
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I assume that the op is looking at settings / more / storage ... where the 16GB is broken down. Attached is how mine breaks down. Misc is a lot less than 6GB on mine (my misc is 1.2GB including 491MB thumbnails (!), 265MB of my own personal files I placed in a directory, 132MB for Osmand map program). All stuff that makes sense except maybe the thumbnails. And mine also ads up to the 1.2gb. So I don't think it's the built-in bloatware. Something else... most likely one huge file or directory. Odd that it doesn't show up with DiskUsage...

I'm vaguely remembering hearing on the forum that someone had a lot of data tied up on the storage due to some backup selection they made during phone setup. I'll see if I can find the link..
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Here is a thread somewhat similar:
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