iPad large backup file

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by digiphantom, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2008
    My iPad 1 backup size is 3.5 GB
    My iPhone 4 backup size is 4 GB

    However, it seems my iPad 3 backup size is 13.8 GB! I know I loaded a lot of videos in CinePlayer, that's the only thing I can think of taking most of the space. How can I tell iTunes what not to backup?

    Or should I just delete the whole backup file and let it redo it? I only just want app and settings to be backed up.
  2. macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    Your apps are 4x the size now, requiring 4x space. It's the unspoken down side to such a high res. Just get used to it.
  3. intofx, Mar 18, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012

    macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2010
  4. macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2009
    Your apps aren't 4 times the size.

    When you go under Settings->General->Usage for your different devices, what do they say is using all the storage? You could try removing the video files temporarily, then doing your backup, but that's likely painful. What's the problem with a large backup file that you're trying to solve?

  5. Derpage, Mar 19, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    Why are you trying to mislead them?

    Here's the practical explanation via this dudes little tutorial.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2009
    Mainly because only a fraction of the apps out there have even been updated yet, and even then, it's only the graphics files that are increased in size. Audio, code, databases will still be the same size.

    By looking at what's actually causing his storage growth as I suggested, he can use some facts to figure out what needs to happen next.

  7. thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2008
    The Video app is taking the most space currently ~ 9 GB. I only loaded a lot because of traveling, and will delete after I watch the videos. I mean the only concern is that I'm using a 128 GB Macbook Air, so space will eventually get limited.

  8. macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2009
    Could you move your backup file to a flash drive after its done? Or does it compress at all if you zip it up?

  9. macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    Graphics will always take up the most space.
  10. cfs
    macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    Be careful of Apps that a not Apple when working with media. If you have movies on CinePlayer that is probably the culprit. If you have these movies on Apples movie application then it won't use that much space to back it up.

    This is what someone told me anyway and it worked. Not sure why and cant explain it well.


    I have moved mine to a backup before. Just make sure you behave a backup for that backup. Also, if you are just loading for travel, try using GoodReader. When I go away, I wirelessly load all my movies on GoodReader and delete after I watch them. Then when I backup my iPad the extra GB from the movies are not on there because I already deleted them.

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