iPad Storage Full? How to Manage Storage on iPad Effectively
Does your iPad storage full? You won’t be able to install new apps, take photos, sync media files, install operating system updates, or do anything else that requires space until you make some. Meanwhile, your iPad may increasingly become slow when launching an app or react other tasks on iPad. Although Apple iOS is one of the best operating system in the world, iPad still get clogged up over time with junk files and memory hogs.
When you start to manage storage on iPad, you may find yourself making some tough choices about what to purge from your device. You've painstakingly built up a collection of apps, photos and videos that you'd hate to part with, but some things just have to go.
We're here to help. By identifying your device's storage-suckers, you can delete or uninstall some items without having to wipe iPad clean. And don't forget that by transfer your apps, photos and music to your computer, you don't have to lose anything permanently.
There are two ways to manage iPad storage, manual or use software.
Part 1: Manage Storage on iPad Manually
1. Analyze iPad Storage
Before you manage iPad storage and get more storage space back, it is necessary to know what’s taking up the most space on your iPad
Step 1. Open Settings and navigate to General > Storage & iCloud Usage and you should see the Storage section, then tap Manage Storage
At the top, you’ll see how much space you’ve used and how much you have available. Below, there’s a list of your apps ranked by how much space they’re using.
Step 2. There might be a heap of hidden files that are taking up space on your iOS device. They’re not as easy to get rid of like apps are, but there are ways to free up this space.
Plug in your iOS device to your computer and open up iTunes you can see what exactly is taking up space on your iPad. You can also see the different categories the used memory is under, such as Apps, Games, Music, Movies, TV Shows and a mysterious category known as “Other”.
For some users, there’s over 10GB of storage that’s used up by this category, while for other users, it may be only a gigabyte or two. Either way, it’d be nice to know what these files are.
Luckily, we do know what type of files are stored in the “Other” category. Mainly, any file that doesn’t fit into the other categories goes into “Other.” Basically, it consists of data on your iOS device that isn’t apps, photos, music or videos:
• Safari bookmarks and history
• Text messages (including multimedia attachments such as photos)
• Email messages (including file attachments)
• Calendar entries
• Contact photos
• Camera roll
• Siri cache
• App data such as saved games and histories
• Voice memos
• Reduce email retention time
• Cached data for all of the apps
We have learned about how to analyze iPad storage. Right now, we’ll manage iPad storage so you could reclaim some storage space back.
2. How to Manage iPad Storage and Fixes for the iPad “Storage Almost Full” Popup
Usually, apps (and generated data), videos, photos, music and cache tend to suck up the most space on our iPad. So getting them off your iPad or storing them elsewhere will help.
Delete unused apps & Clean “Documents & Data”
Go through every single app that you have downloaded. See if there are any apps that you no longer need or no longer use. If you find any unused ones, delete them. Follow these steps, go to Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage > tap and delete any unused apps.
The numbers you see in Manage Storage include how much the app itself takes up combined with the data inside it. Some apps are small by themselves but can store a lot of files in “Documents & Data”. In the screenshot below, the Pocket app itself is using up 37.4 MB, while its documents and data are using up a comparatively whopping 191 MB.
An app’s Documents & Data include any documents and other files the app has downloaded or created. For example, the Pocket app’s Documents & Data include offline copies of articles in our Pocket queue. The Amazon Kindle app’s Documents & Data include any eBooks you’ve downloaded for use offline. Google Chrome’s Documents & Data include your settings and Chrome’s browser cache. In order to clean app's Documents & Data (app generated data), you have to uninstall the app and install it again.
Note: Please be careful, these manually uninstalled apps may still have junks remain. If you want to dig out these residue trashes and delete them thoroughly, try ios storage management app.
Remove podcasts and videos
A 30-minute podcast can be 25 MB. If you have a bunch of podcasts downloaded to your iPad, those can really add up. Same thing goes with videos — an even larger space invader. Even the largest iPad will run out of space after recording a few hours of video. So it will help massively, even if you just delete a few iPad podcasts or videos.
Apple’s Podcast app even sorts which ones you have played at the bottom of each list. Just swipe left on the individual podcast to delete.
To delete videos, open Photos app, tap Videos > Select, after that click any video you want to delete, then tap trash icon.
Transfer photos to computer
As camera technology improves, photos have become larger and higher-resolution, using more and more space. So take photos off your iPad will save a lot of storage space.
Connect iPad to your computer and transfer your photos to your own computer, and then delete them from your iPad afterwards to free up space. Make sure you have a backup of your important photos if you do this.
Stop using Photo Stream
Your iPad’s Photo Stream automatically syncs your last 1,000 photos across your iOS devices. But that means it’s storing 1,000 photos — about 1 GB — twice. So unless you need to share your photos from your iPad to your iPhone all the time, turn it off.
Under Settings, scroll down to Photos & Camera and toggle off My Photo Stream.
With every MP3 taking up more than 3MBs of space, your music collection is one of the most likely culprit. Keep the stuff you really love, and leave the rest on your computer. To selectively delete songs you don’t listen to, you can open the Music app, go to any song list view and swipe from right to left on any song. A delete button should appear, which, when tapped, should remove the song from your device.
Remove "Other" Data
Though there is no direct way to remove “Other” storage in iOS, there are quite a few things you can do. Try to delete the browser cache, delete mail account and re-add, empty out the reading list, delete text messages, outdated contacts, completed reminders, old notes, and so on.
1. Documents & Data generated by apps could not be removed directly. In order to delete app Documents & Data, we need to delete and then reinstall app.
2. The above ways could clean a lot things but not everything will be gone. There still be some (or occasionally, a lot of) junk data could be removed.
3. Manage iPad Storage Manually is not convenient, it will take quite some time to manage it.
Part 2: Manage iPad Storage With App
If you want to make the most of what you have and save time, use app to manage iPad storage would be a more convenient and thoroughly solution. To eliminate these disadvantages of manual solution and get a complete cleanup for your iPad, it is recommended that you go for a third-party app that can manage your entire iPad storage, and save your decent amount of time as well.
When talking about an app to manage or clean up your iPad’s storage, the top two that is available in today’s market is SafeEraser and PhoneClean, them are both desktop app. I firstly recommend SafeEraser for I have using it for 1 year, but PhoneClean is also popular. They could help iPad users delete all junk files, the unwanted data, unused/unwanted apps, caches, etc. one station. In addition to removing the data from the iPad to free up space, SafeEraser can help users gain more storage space by compressing the photos that are stored in the iPad, and keep the compressed photo quality almost original.
In this part, we'll show you how to free up massive space with SafeEraser. It supports iPhone and iPad.
Step 1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to computer. If this is the first time you connect to the computer, you need to Trust the computer firstly.
Step 2. Click the iOS Optimizer button to start the optimize process. There are six categories of data: iOS System Tune-up, Download Temp Files, App Generated Files, Log Files, Cached Files and Unused App Elimination. You can choose any categories you want to clean.
Step 3. Click Start Scan button, it will starting the searching process. This process will take several minutes.
Step 4. When search process finishes, all the categories and files which can be optimized will be listed. You can select those you want to optimize.
Step 5. Click CleanUp button to optimize the files and system.
After the process finishes, it will automatically reboot your device and then shows how much space you've saved.
That's all for iOS optimize. This is a new device, you'll free up massive space on an old device.
Other features of SafeEraser:
• Space Saver – To compress and reduce the size of the images stored in the memory. This allows you to gain more free space on your iPad or iPhone.
• Erase Private Data – To remove all your private data from your iOS device. You may want to perform this type of erasure when you plan to hand-over your ios device to an unknown person.
• Erase Deleted Files – To permanently remove the deleted files from the storage in order to make them non-recoverable whatsoever.
• Erase All Data Permanently – To completely clean the device before you sell it off to an unknown person and don’t wish to re-use it.
Lincoln Spector, is a senior editor for giveumore studio and is enjoying discovering most useful Tips and Tricks in the iOS world.
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