iPad Pro Memory getting sucked dry

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  1. AppleFan360, Feb 2, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2016

    AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    So I purchased the 32GB iPad Pro. I felt I didn't need the 128GB version because this iPad will only be used for note taking and consumption of YouTube, Internet, e-mail, etc.

    After loading all the apps I needed, I ended up with 18GB remaining. That's fine. Shouldn't need any more than that.

    After a few weeks I'm now down to only 9GB remaining and I haven't added any apps. I checked my memory management and I don't see anything unusual. None of the apps are using much more space than they did two weeks ago.

    What the heck is using 9GB of space? I haven't been taking pictures or downloading anything remotely that large.

    EDIT: I figured it out. See below
  2. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
    tried clearing historys and website datas and any other app specific caches available?

    you can always back up and reset and do a restore?
  3. iManic macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2016
    That's strange maybe try out a cleaning app I have used the "Memory and Disk Scanner Pro" with good results in the past. Go in to the setting and choose very deep for memory cleaning and deep cycle 3 (slow) for disk cleaning. It clears out any junk/temporary files that might be hogging up space and cleans the RAM out. I use it on my wife's older iPad 4 that was getting full and sluggish. Cleared out over 2GB of junk on the first pass after years of use and the RAM clean made it snappier.
  4. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Storage / Manage Storage.

    Most likely either your Photos from Photo Stream or iMessages are piling up in space.
  5. iManic macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2016
    Just did a run with the app through my 128GB 6S+ haven't done a clean with it in about 2 months. I recently bought the Sandisk ixpand flash drive and pulled about 3,000 pictures out of my iPhone that had been accumulating for years. I got it down to 92.1 GB free since I erased the pictures/videos after backup. After running the app it was able to clear an additional .5 GB of junk/temporary files

    Attached Files:

  6. fanta88 macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2015
    Apps have a cache that can build up over time. For example, streaming apps like Google Play are small in size (only 22.5MB) but my cache is actually 2.4gb right now. If you don't need the iWork suite, I'd remove those too.

    Like masotime said, it is also possible that imessage and iphoto are responsible, especially if you have icloud photo library activated.

    As far as the RAM is concerned, if you find your ipad slowing, clear out the RAM. You can either use an app or do it manually, which I do.
  7. Beavix macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2010
    What's the point of keeping 92 GB of nothingness on your iPhone? That's wasted storage.
  8. AppleFan360 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    Thanks for the suggestions. I tried the memory and disk scanner pro app and it only cleared about 50MB off the memory.

    The crazy thing is that I have only had the iPad pro for 2 weeks and its already clogged up like this. Obviously there is a cache somewhere but when I look at the manage storage in settings, things just don't add up.

    My iMessages are only using 22MB. iCloud photo library is turned off and my photo stream has 89 pictures using 82MB.

    All of the levels are low for the apps so where in the heck did 9GB go???

    I guess I will keep looking.
  9. iManic macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2016
    Not sure if you read my previous post but I had over 3,000 pictures and videos from my last iPhone that I transferred over. I used a sandisk ixpand drive to back up my photos/videos and then deleted them all from my phone that's why I now have 92 GB's free. I will fill it up with another 4,000 pictures and videos in no time lol
    --- Post Merged, Feb 2, 2016 ---
    No problem figured it was worth a shot I'm surprised it didn't clear more. Did you go into settings and choose Ultra deep for memory clean and Cycle 3 (Slow) for disk clean? It does a much deeper clean and takes a while I usually get a message from my device saying "storage is full" I just hit okay and let it finish. I also noticed if the phone goes to sleep/auto lock during the clean up it wont clean all the way so just keep tapping the screen until it clears. Also just making sure you clicked the button on the right that says "One Click" since that does a full clean. Still highly doubt you have 9 GB of junk files in 2 weeks that is very weird might have to take a visit to the apple store and make an appointment with a genius
  10. MartyCan macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2012
    Near Toronto, ON
    I personally felt that 32 Gb was for too small for a device with this potential. Mine is 128. I still have 65 free and I have 6 full length movies loaded into memory (using 16 GB on their own).
  11. shox2k2 macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    Wichita, KS
    I have a similar problem on my daughters iPhone and son's iPod. They don't add too much to it but the space fills up quickly. I have to back it up to iTunes and do a restore from back up and all of a sudden there are several gb free'd up. My iPhone is 64gb so I don't think I have noticed it doing the same thing although I'm sure it's possible. Maybe try to back it up and restore it and see what happens.
  12. AppleFan360 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    Yeah, I think that is the next thing I'm going to try. Thanks.
  13. AppleFan360 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    I figured it out!

    OK so here's the deal. I have my video and music library setup so I see everything on my cloud. They are not downloaded to the device, I can just see them so I can "stream" them from the cloud for playback.

    What was happening was when I was playing them, they would save to the device automatically. This is why my available memory kept going down. These downloaded items also do not register in the settings where is shows how much memory is being used by music and videos.

    To get rid of the downloaded items, I needed to go into the videos/music apps, click "edit" and delete everything that had a black "X" on them. The biggest culprit was a movie that was downloaded which I did not know about.

    So, the moral of the story is to keep an eye on your iTunes music and video libraries and occasionally clean out the downloads if you don't want them saved to the device.
  14. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    Good job! That's something I'll be keeping in mind. Apple should really include that as well in the storage view....
  15. AppleFan360 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    I agree. The storage view did NOT show the space used on those downloaded videos and music. Really annoying to say the least. In General > About, it does, however, show the amount of videos on the device. That's what got me looking further.
  16. cardfan macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2012
    When I say Apple needs to fix icloud, photos, and music, this is part of what I mean. Supposedly, if you didn't delete anything, it would manage things on its own. But you'd always have very little available space left for anything else. Or at least have a setting saying never take up more than x amount of space.

    If I'm going to pay for cloud storage, as apple wants you to with icloud, then i don't want it also taking up my limited device storage as well. Have a macbook? It'll do the same thing if you enable icloud photo library.

    Best solution? Don't use icloud for photos. Use something else. Google, one drive, etc. It's a freaking shame Apple can't nail this.

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