Regardless of how much storage your iPad has, running out of space is frustrating. It means you are unable to take the photo or video you want when instructing a client, or when adding content to your coaching library, or if you want to download or do anything that requires any significant amount of storage at all. This article lists the following simple steps to help free up space on your iPad;
Step 1. Check the storage on your iPad
- To see how much storage is being used on the iPad go to Settings > General > iPad Storage. See diagram below. Here you will see the Used and Available space, and the general categories of data being stored.
- Immediately beneath you may see a list of recommendations for optimizing your device's storage, followed by a list of installed apps and the storage each one uses. Tap an app's name for more information about its storage.
Step 2. Free up space on your iPad
Now you have determined how much space your installed applications are using, you can begin to free up space using the following suggestions.
1. Clear cache
One of the most effective ways to free up space on an iPad is by clearing the cache.
To delete cache in Safari use the following steps:
- Go to Settings > Safari (5th group of options below Apple ID)
- Scroll down and tap Clear History and Website Data
- A pop-up will appear saying Clearing will remove history, cookies, and other browsing data. Tap Clear.
If you using Chrome for iOS, you can also clear cache by;
- Opening the application; Chrome
- Select the three dots in the top right corner, then hit the History utility
- Choose Clear Browsing Data to wipe all cache, or Edit to erase specific sites.
Note: This action will log you out of any websites you are currently logged in to, including Avgar Pro. You will need to log back in and re-save your password. If you've forgotten your Avgar Pro username or password, see What should I do if I'm having trouble logging in due to a password or username error?
2. Delete unnecessary or rarely used apps
Apps you no longer, or rarely use on your iPad can take up a lot of space. Clearing out these apps and their data is another way to free up space on your iPad. To do this;
- Select Settings > General > iPad Storage
- You will find a list of all your installed applications. These are arranged by the amount of storage they consume. Select an app that is taking up too much space.
- Take note of the amount of storage used by the app, both the App Size and in the section titled Documents & Data.
- Generally speaking, look for any App and/or Documents & Data figure that is above 500MB for any app you no longer use or are prepared to delete.
- Tap the App you wish to delete.
- Tap the Delete App option. This will remove the app and all its stored Documents and Data.
- You can go to the App Store to re-download it. This will allow you to acquire a smaller and cleaner application that is usually less than 500KB.
3. Check Photo and Video Use
You will invariably take a lot of photosand videos on your iPad as you coach your clients, and so the Photos app may take up a lot of space. To confirm how much storage Photos is using:
- Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage or iPad Storage.
If the space occupied is more than 1GB, it is advisable to copy the photos and videos to some form of cloud storage such as iCloud, Google Photos, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc. This will get them off your device and will help free up space on your iPad.
4. Remove Unwanted Music
Music audio and video files can take up a lot of space on your iPad preventing you from being able to store new content. There are two methods for deleting audio and video files; either from Settings or from within the Apple Music application.
- Go to Settings > General > iPad Storage > Music
- Here you will find a summary of all the songs and albums you have stored on your phone.
- Scroll and delete the tracks or albums that you no longer listen to by swiping left
- You may also use the Edit function to delete multiple tracks and albums simultaneously.
From within the App
- Open the Music application
- Go to the Library and tap Downloaded Music. You will find music that is stored locally on your iPad which is consuming storage space.
- Select one of the section headings to choose what you want to delete
- To delete an entire album, press on it and then tap Remove option in the pop-up menu.
- To delete specific songs, either slide the song title to the left, or press on each and tap Remove option in the pop-up menu.
Anyone or all of these recommended steps will help you free up more storage space on your iPad.