Free up space on your iOS device
Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:08 AM
Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:46 PM
1. Right-click on the iDevice and make a backup
2. In the main window, click on the Restore button
3. Choose your previous backup in the popup
This deletes everything on the iOS device then restores everything back except the "Other" which will be very small after the deletion then grow only moderately during the restoration.
Last week I claimed back more than 3 GB both from my iPhone 4 and iPad 2 (both 16 GB devices).
Posted 29 March 2012 - 07:35 PM
What is best method for streaming movies that is purchased from I tunes store for your IPad?
Does streaming actually take up space on an IPad?
Did you buy the movies on the iPad from the iTunes Store? If so, sync your iPad to your computer to copy them to your computer. Then uncheck the movies in iTunes under the Movies tab under your iPad and click Apply to re-sync and delete the movies from the iPad. To stream the movies from your Mac to your iPad, while you are at home on your Wi-Fi network, turn on Home Sharing in iTunes and on the iPad (Music settings). Then tap the Video app on the iPad and your Mac will appear, as long as iTunes is running. Tap the Home Sharing icon in the Video app and it will access your Mac and display the movies. Then you can stream them from your Mac to your iPad. You cannot stream movies from the "Cloud" to your iPad from your iTunes purchases. That feature is only for the AppleTV. Streaming does not take up any space on the iPad.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 07:50 PM
My Smart Playlist for my 64 GB iPod Touch 4 chooses from a specific list of Genres (eliminate Holiday, etc. when it is not the Holiday season) that I want to hear, and then check the box that says Limit to, and from the drop down menu choose MB or GB. Enter a number in the field and then selected by Random from the 2nd drop down menu. Also check Live Updating. My limited playlist is set to 10 GB. I also have a few artists and albums checked in iTunes that I want on my iPod Touch, in addition to my random playlist of 10GB. This method caps the music at a limit that I set, so I can have room for apps, photos, and video. While I at home on my Wi-Fi network, the Home Sharing feature gives me full access to my entire library of music and video on my iPod Touch.
Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:07 AM
Do you know if the app space usage includes the in-app downloads for each?
I ask because before I knew this feature exited, I guessed that the Jamie Oliver and Mario Batali apps I was using were taking up an enormous amount of space, holding the videos I had already watched. One of the two apps had a convenient "delete all downloads" option--when I hit that, I found a mountain of unused capacity.
Thanks for this keeper of an article--explains it in plain English, so I can share it without needing to hold everyone's hands!
Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:16 PM
Not true. You can go to the bottom of a playlist, tap the "download all" button and if you have the space it does just that. The files are downloaded and cached locally on your phone. I recently went on a trip and did that before I got on a plane - worked like a champ.
It's not obvious, though and I discovered it completely by accident. I think Apple needs a way to pin or anchor playlists to a device so that the songs are never automatically purged from a device - but this works OK for now.
All of the above still works with iCloud just fine - in fact, that's how I handle music on my iPhone. $25 a year is a pittance for having your whole library available - as well as my non-iTunes downloaded songs that are of, ahem, questionable quality upgraded to higher quality versions where applicable.
And for $25 a year, in addition to upgraded songs I get my whole library from wherever I am, not just at home.
This post has been edited by DocNo: 31 March 2012 - 08:22 PM
Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:21 PM
I'm not Lex, but if you go into the Settings app on your iOS device, tap General then Usage. Tap on an app and then it will show you the amount of space take up by the documents and data associated with that app.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:15 AM
Having not developed any apps for iDevices myself, I don't know if there's (yet) a standard way of declaring which resources within an app are for which device(s). If not, then that would have to be done before any auto app-slimming could be added.