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  1. CimBa07

    CimBa07 Member

    Hi all,

    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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  2. dynomot

    dynomot Well-Known Member

    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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  3. lotus49

    lotus49 Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. itsallgood

    itsallgood Well-Known Member

    Good advice. I have done the same thing. The Android file tree can be pretty confusing, if your not sure what your looking at.
  5. CimBa07

    CimBa07 Member

    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?

  6. lotus49

    lotus49 Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. CimBa07

    CimBa07 Member

    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.
  8. supaschupp

    supaschupp New Member

    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...
  9. norbheindl

    norbheindl New Member

    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.
  10. minpinbud

    minpinbud Member

    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.
  11. electricpete

    electricpete Well-Known Member

    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..

    Attached Files:

  12. electricpete

    electricpete Well-Known Member

  13. Raiju

    Raiju New Member

    i am also having same problem. on my mobile(moto g) .2 GB miscellaneous file is there.
    File name AdlQuity-sample-log.txt. can i delete this one?
  14. lotus49

    lotus49 Well-Known Member

    I don't think you are having the same problem. 0.2GB really isn't all that much. The OP had 30 times that much in miscellaneous files.

    You can delete that file but I'm guessing it is absolutely tiny and you won't see any difference. If you really are running out of space, I repeat my recommendation above that you should try DiskUsage or a similar tool. That way you will get a proper breakdown of what is really taking up the space. Whatever it is, I'd bet money that it's not a file that ends in .txt.
  15. Raiju

    Raiju New Member

    File size is 2gb.anyway I deleted that file.thank you very much for the quick response
  16. sxyrblktty

    sxyrblktty New Member

    Hello. I have a Samsung Galaxy Reverb and I have been wondering about the miscellaneous files as well. Are these just backed up files that have been saved to the phone instead of the SD card? My miscellaneous file size is 610MB and this is whats listed:

    TitaniumBackup 516MB
    Autodesk 55.59MB
    zedge 17.11MB
    .b3da19c.spk 7.70MB
    .mmsyscache 5.70MB
    SMSBackupRestore 3.69MB
    MusicDownloads 3.08MB
    yahoo 468KB
    Yahoo! 344KB
    TMemo 196KB
    piebackup 80.00KB
    roidapp 72.00KB
    LazyList 44.00KB
    .youversion 12.00KB
    clockworkmod 8.00KB
    media 8.00KB
    ch.amana.android. 8.00KB
    DIS 4.00KB
    0 4.00KB
    Screencast.log 3.65KB
    .06ba141d-a652-464b- 80.00B
    .aid.bak 80.00B

    I also have a bunch more that are 0.00B

    So, idk what to do with these files. I don't want to delete them in case they are something important. But, if they are nothing then I will delete them and free up more space.
  17. Xianstar

    Xianstar New Member

    You know what? I took a chance. I read this whole thread, and thought, "heck, how much can I really lose that matters?" So, I deleted all my misc files. Nothing happened to my phone! I deleted what was given to me as an option to delete, and everything else on my phone is there. I am convinced it is only junk files needed at one time for apps. I'm totally cleaning these files from now on. Also, I recently deleted my Facebook app, and just use a browser with a bookmarked Facebook tab. It made my phone much much faster, and I don't need a separate Facebook Messenger app as well, as on the browser u can use Messenger as if u were on ur desktop! Just a tip!
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  18. Stepan_The_Lord

    Stepan_The_Lord New Member

    I have Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and i had same problem (3.5 GB of Miscellaneous files), after talking with Samsung support service, they told me to move all impotant info to SD card or any other place and reset phone. I know that its booring to get all u had back but at least it works. When i turned my device back on i had just 100 mb of Miscellaneous files.
    Hope it helps :)
  19. TyriCrudup95

    TyriCrudup95 New Member

    Hey i got the same thing 4.23 Gb Of Miscanellneous Files So To Get Rid Of This I Have To Todo A Factory Reset
    ="Stepan_The_Lord, post: 6812089, member: 1775719"]Hi
    I have Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and i had same problem (3.5 GB of Miscellaneous files), after talking with Samsung support service, they told me to move all impotant info to SD card or any other place and reset phone. I know that its booring to get all u had back but at least it works. When i turned my device back on i had just 100 mb of Miscellaneous files.
    Hope it helps :)[/QUOTE]
  20. A Name

    A Name New Member

    Hi everyone! I want to ask, is anyone noticing the fact that when you clear caches, your misc file size goes up? Or is it just me? Because I once cleared my caches, and seen the misc file spike up in size, so I just need to know if I'm taking too much pills, or this phone is f***ing with me.

    Also does anyone know other solutions to clear your misc files either than resting your phone, or searching for a file that takes up the space? Because none of those worked, and I don't have a SD card, so I can't increase my storage size or see what the problem is.

    Thank you.
  21. Moein shariatnia

    Moein shariatnia New Member

    Hi everyone!I have a problem.My cellphone is Galaxy S3 Neo that I have updated it to kitkat.Now when I uninstall a game that has data, the game data(obb files)goes to the miscellaneous files and I cant find and delete it.So it just takes up so much space.But when I restart my phone(simple restart), the problem is solved.Can you show me a way that without restart my phone I can delete those files?(remember: I cant see the files but they take up space)
    Thank you
  22. dirkdaring

    dirkdaring Member

    Has anyone found a solution? This has to be a bug in lollipop with this phone. I have 2 of these phones on my acct, both with the same issue. 6.34GB of miscellaneous files and only a few MB of listed files. A friend has the exact same problem, same phone.

    No disk tool has been able to find what files are hiding, I've tried half a dozen of the best ones.
  23. imsodizzy1

    imsodizzy1 New Member

    Same thing happened to mine; after I cleared some caches, my misc file went UP!! That's just bassackwards! ETA and it still says 'not enough space' when I try to open Gallery!
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2015
  24. nu2andy

    nu2andy Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Oct 30, 2015
  25. Gdub84

    Gdub84 New Member

    I found the problem or "hidden" files on my S5. I used cm cleaner and it showed me I had 3 gigs under rdio. I guess rdio was downloading to my device and not my sd card. I had the same issue with only having my files add up to a couple hundred mb under miscellaneous but the device showed 4gigs. I deleted the 3 gigs from rdio using the cm cleaner and my misc files went down to under 1 gig. It also cleaned up another gig of random data. I'd recommend checking that out. Worked for me.

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