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Why your iPad offloads apps

You can save some space on your iPad by “offloading” apps. What this means is that the actual program is deleted, but NOT your data. What’s left is a note that the iPad leaves for itself telling it what app and where to fetch it the next time you need it.

Again – NONE of your data is affected.

This opens up room on your iPad for other content.

Apple offers two ways to offload apps:

Automatically. Visit Settings > General > iTunes & App Stores. Offload Unused Apps is enabled by default, although you can turn it off if you find this behavior confusing or inconvenient. iOS doesn’t warn you when it offloads apps to increase storage, so you may try to use an app you haven’t touched in a while, only to find that it’s been offloaded. This may be a problem if you don’t have affordable or sufficient bandwidth to download it on the spot.

Manually. Open Settings > General > iPhone/iPad Storage, and then swipe down to find apps you want to offload. Tap the app and then tap Offload App. iOS explains what that means, and you have to tap Offload App again in a pop-up menu.

The next time you want to use an app that’s been offloaded, you can simply tap it and it will be downloaded and reconnected to its cached data.

Source: https://www.macworld.com/article/3395876/why-ios-offloads-apps-and-how-to-reinstall-them.html

iPads – what’s taking up all my storage?

If you’d like a quick glance at what apps and data are eating up all of your storage, the easiest way is to fire up

Settings –> General –> Storage & iCloud usage

There you will see a list of every app on your device – the apps taking up the most room are at the top.


Deleting a picture or video in Photos DOES NOT actually delete the file for 30 days. Go to the “Deleted Items” album to actually delete the files.


If you have not deleted/cleaned out your email inbox in ages, then it is very likely you have a ton of attachments you no longer need. You have 2 options:

  1. Go through and manually delete messages
  2. Delete the account in Settings –> Mail, and then set it back up again. [Remember that your school email is a google account.]

GOOGLE APPS [Drive, Sheets, Docs, Slides]

Sometimes the Google apps will keep a “local” copy of a file, and these can add up.  Fire up the Google Drive app, click on the “hamburger menu” at the top left, then select “Offline”. That will list any files that are taking up room on your device.

One each document,click the triple-dot menu on the bottom right, and see if the “Available Offline” slider is on, towards the bottom of the list. It should be OFF.