Where is my free space!?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by silvetti, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. silvetti macrumors 6502a

    silvetti

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    #1
    It's 2017, how is iOS still hot garbage managing free space?
    Do I need to keep restoring my iPad every week to get my free space back?
    Honest to god I don't get this...
     

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  2. FeliApple macrumors 6502a

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    #2
    Unfortunately, that was never fixed by Apple and the only way is a restore. It's dreadful.
     
  3. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    Yep, your unfortunate to have a 16gb iPad, I have only like 20 basic media/ productivity apps on my iPad using 8gb of space, with 2Gb of iBooks thank god for 64gig
     
  4. jhearty99 macrumors 6502

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    When your available storage gets too low, you can have iOS clear the cache that is taking up space by attempting to download an app that uses a lot of storage. Go attempt to download the game Hearthstone which is 2.29gb or something like that. iOS will attempt to make space for the app. It will either clear enough space to download the app or the download will fail but it will have cleared as much as it could. If it cleared enough and it downloaded, just delete it and there ya go.

    Probably wont clear as much space but would at least attempt this before continuously restoring.
     
  5. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    I am sorry but I don't see the actual issue.
    I must be dumb.
     
  6. smorrissey macrumors 65816

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    Well in my case not even a full restore free space for me, the section called "others" on my ipad air 2 is 3.7GB when the latest ios 10.3.1 is just 2.5GB.......1GB wasted in God knows what...
     
  7. profets macrumors 68040

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    2 thoughts I have:

    1)They really need to improve this in future version of iOS

    2)Prime example of why they should have cut 16GB devices long ago. You only have 12GB accessible from a clean install.
     
  8. silvetti thread starter macrumors 6502a

    silvetti

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    Check how much used space it says I have and then check below and add the things and check how much actual space I'm using. You will be left with like 5gigs of space which are nowhere to be seen, either being used by other or documents as shown in iTunes. The problem is I have no documents or anything using that space, it's just probably something I deleted and iOS doesn't mark the space as free.
    Only solution is doing what someone said and downloading big file that doesn't fit my free space and it kinda triggers the cleanup process or backing up and restoring from backup.
     
  9. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    Ok got it. I am confused because your app list seems unfinished.
    There are various stuff occupying storage when you cannot do anything, such as multiple corrupted app downloads, unrecognizable music files and so on. Cache is just half of the story.
     
  10. silvetti, Apr 8, 2017
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    silvetti thread starter macrumors 6502a

    silvetti

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    And that's exactly my point, why does iOS still not have a clean cache/corrupted downloads/any other crap using the free space?
     
  11. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    No one knows. By far the best way is to backup, restore, and restore backup. I did it once before but only freed 2GB. Not too much given I am using 128GB device.
     

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