All iPads How much useabe storage capacity should an iPad Air 16gb have?

Natesac

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I was having trouble gettting rid of a large "other" section of my iPad Air storage. I did an "Erase all content and settings" and set up as new and this 16GB iPad Air only has a capacity of 11.6 GB shown in the "about" section of settings.

Where's my missing space? I thought these things had around 14Gb of useable space.

16GB LTE iPad Air running iOS 8.0.2
 

s2mikey

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Sep 23, 2013
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I don't know the exact figure but your numbers seem about right. There needs to be space for the OS and factory apps. IIRC, my 32GB Air came out of the box with 3-4 GB used up right away. Just the way it is, I think.
 

iPhone7ate9

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I was having trouble gettting rid of a large "other" section of my iPad Air storage. I did an "Erase all content and settings" and set up as new and this 16GB iPad Air only has a capacity of 11.6 GB shown in the "about" section of settings.

Where's my missing space? I thought these things had around 14Gb of useable space.

16GB LTE iPad Air running iOS 8.0.2

11.7 or so gb total with about 2gb hidden as "other" in iTunes is the best I've gotten.

The new iOS 8 update sucked some of that 14gb up.
 

Annielou7

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Sep 26, 2014
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My iPad air 16gb cellular capacity is the same

I've just been on a live chat to apple and they told me that ios 8.0.2 only takes up just over 1gb. We should have more free space as he said 4gb missing wasn't right. He even went and checked. We should have over 12gb capacity. Im on iTunes now and my other space is showing nearly 2gb. I don't know how to reclaim this. But performing a restore now.
I'm actually fed up of looking and watching my space go down daily. Apple need to sort this Asap!!!:eek:

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I said 12gb but meant over 13gb. I'm hoping that someone can help with this as it's driving me mad now. :mad:
 

iPhone7ate9

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I've just been on a live chat to apple and they told me that ios 8.0.2 only takes up just over 1gb. We should have more free space as he said 4gb missing wasn't right. He even went and checked. We should have over 12gb capacity. Im on iTunes now and my other space is showing nearly 2gb. I don't know how to reclaim this. But performing a restore now.
I'm actually fed up of looking and watching my space go down daily. Apple need to sort this Asap!!!:eek:

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I said 12gb but meant over 13gb. I'm hoping that someone can help with this as it's driving me mad now. :mad:
They told me the 2GB of other was part of the apps that were installed blablabla and I couldn't get rid of that 2GB of other.
 

iPhone7ate9

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Interestingly enough I did a Restore iPad and went to version 8.0.2 now other is only at 700mb

welp already up to 933mb
 

BasicGreatGuy

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I was having trouble gettting rid of a large "other" section of my iPad Air storage. I did an "Erase all content and settings" and set up as new and this 16GB iPad Air only has a capacity of 11.6 GB shown in the "about" section of settings.

Where's my missing space? I thought these things had around 14Gb of useable space.

16GB LTE iPad Air running iOS 8.0.2
"Other" storage size will grow over time. You can try third party apps to contain the beast. PhoneClean Pro works well.

I wouldn't get hung up on how much GB you think are missing. Use the device and enjoy it. If you find yourself running dangerously low, you will have to remove some apps you don't use on a regular basis or try and do some in house cleaning.

What you are focusing on happens with any electronic product.
 

Annielou7

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Sep 26, 2014
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Failed attempt at reclaiming space

I have just restored my iPad as a new device and it was saying capacity 14.56gb. I didn't back up any apps or data :eek:
When iPad booted up and I checked space it has gone back down to 11.6gb. I went back on apple live chat. They tried to charge me £25!!!!! In the end he said I should definitely have more capacity and need to take iPad to Apple Store.
If everyone else has the same then it must be 11.6gb and apple rep has got it wrong. Just so fed up with it all now. Lost all my music. Will have to reinstall that plus all my apps. I know I should've backed it up and I'm regretting it now. Lol!

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I wish I had read your post first. Lol! Totally agree with you what's a few Gb's? I'm going to calm down now and enjoy my iPad. Thanks. ;)
 

Natesac

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May 29, 2008
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"Other" storage size will grow over time. You can try third party apps to contain the beast. PhoneClean Pro works well.

I wouldn't get hung up on how much GB you think are missing. Use the device and enjoy it. If you find yourself running dangerously low, you will have to remove some apps you don't use on a regular basis or try and do some in house cleaning.

What you are focusing on happens with any electronic product.
I had already removed quite a bit of bloat before moving to iOS 8 last week. Now I find my space is disappearing. This isn't a matter of better space management. This is a matter of a decent sized chunk of capacity literally dissapearing. We have a problem.
 

Annielou7

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Sep 26, 2014
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Third party clean up apps

Any advice about third party clean up apps and how to use them would be gratefully received :)
 

Angriff

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My 16 GB iPad air running iOS 8 has "11.7 GB capacity". This is normal AFAIK. My 16 GB iPhone 6 has 12.2 GB, so it doesn't seem out of line.
 

Annielou7

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Sep 26, 2014
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I'm glad that it's normal

Everyone else must be the same with their space too. You would think an apple genius would know what space a 16gb iPad air should have.
I feel better now as I was obsessing a bit earlier.
My iPad seems a lot better since I installed iOS 8.0.2. It was so slow on ios 8. Web pages were taking up to a minute to load. My son has the mini on ios 7 and his was beating mine.
Anyone else had that problem?
 

Ulisescm

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Sep 17, 2014
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My 16 GB iPad air running iOS 8 has "11.7 GB capacity". This is normal AFAIK. My 16 GB iPhone 6 has 12.2 GB, so it doesn't seem out of line.
I have the same ipad and also 11.7 capacity, but before installing 8.0 i too a pic and I had 12.8...
 

Annielou7

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Sep 26, 2014
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I was told we should've had more space freed up after iOS 8 as it was only just over 1gb. I don't think they know what they're talking about. As over 4gb just for the OS is an awful lot imo.
I wonder what the rest of it goes on?
 
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