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.
Here’s how to tell how much storage you have used on your iPad, and how to tell what is using it up:
To see how much storage you have already used up on your iPad, go to
Settings –> General –> About
Look for the line Available.
Anything less than about 400 MB means you need to clean out your unused stuff.
To see what is using up your storage space, go to
Settings –> General –> Storage and iCloud Usage –> in the Storage section, click “Manage Storage”
You will see a list of the apps after a minute or so, with the apps taking up the most room at the top of the list.
Some general advice:
- Assuming you have setup Google Drive correctly to automatically upload your photos and videos, you’ll still have a copy of them in Drive, even if you delete them from your iPad. [They’ll be the Google Photos folder on Drive].
- To ACTUALLY delete photos/videos from your iPad, open up Photos –> Camera Roll.
Click on the photos/videos you want to delete.
Click the Trash icon, top left.
Click the message “Delete these x photos?”
Click “Albums”, top left
Open up “Recently Deleted”
Click “Select”, top right
Click “Delete All”, top left.
- If you don’t clear out the Recently Deleted folder manually, it will empty itself in about a month.
Google Apps [Drive / Sheets / Docs]
- The Google apps all have an option to store your document “locally” on the iPad. If you no longer need docs available when you don’t have an internet connection, then check the Docs part of this article: iPads –> what’s taking up all my storage?
Miscellaneous Space Hogs
- Messages – those messages with pictures and videos take up ROOM. Delete them.
- Mail – sometimes the Mail app takes up a ton of room. Actually, it’s all those emails that you never deleted. Delete them.
–> If deleting the mails sound like too much, then delete the account
[Settings –>Mail–> Accounts–>Select the account–>”Delete Account”
–> This does NOT actually delete your account from the Mail server – it just deletes your “window” into your mail account.
–> Then re-create it. For the MDS email, it’s a Google account type.
- iMovie – delete your projects. You can export them into your Google drive if you’d like a copy of your final project.
- Notability – anything deleted in Notability goes into a trash can which is emptied after about a month [similar to the way Photos works]. Click on the trash can to empty it manually.
Remember that deleting a note in Notability does NOT delete it from Drive.
Before you send that email to The iPad Guy telling him that you’d like to have either of these apps, make certain you have enough space on your iPad.
Garageband takes up 1.5 gig, and Numbers about .5 gig.
How to check:
Settings –> General –> About
What to do if you are short on space:
- Delete pictures/videos in the Photos app – and then empty the album “Recently Deleted”
- Go ahead and do the system update that you’ve been putting off [Settings –> General –> Software Update]
- If you have a gazillion unread emails, go into Settings –>Email, and delete the account. Then set it back up [HINT: Google account]. This will NOT delete the emails, just the copies that were sitting on your iPad.
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