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iPad - "not enough storage" Help please

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DowntonFlabbey Tue 04-Aug-15 18:55:40

Now forgive me dear Mumsnetters, for I am not smart with all things tech. Quite bloody stupid actually.

So here iPad..... Constantly tells me there's not enough storage and says to manage it in settings

iPad mainly used for Internet and my sons apps, just games and the like. I have deleted so many off there to make space for new ones. He has maybe a handful of games on there currently.

I have upgraded my storage, currently on £6.99 per month which you would think would give me enough space to house an aircraft. Alas, no! Giving me the old not enough storage story again.

I have bought 4 films for him to watch, but there is not enough storage to download them.

I am at a complete loss.

Anyone who can offer me some suggestions?

Please speak slowly and in simple tech terms please

VagelinaJolie Wed 05-Aug-15 04:11:46

Go into settings
This will show you what is eating data (reminds self to cull emails and not let dd use the camera for selfies) bet you it's the games and films.

fizzicles Wed 05-Aug-15 05:12:18

Paying money to update your storage won't help. This is how much space you have on iCloud to back up your iPad...a safe place to store a copy of eg photos so that you can retrieve them if the physical iPad is lost or damaged.

The memory on your iPad is could be apps, music, photos, videos. As pp said, in settings>general>usage you will see Storage. You should see your total storage and available storage, and then an option to manage storage. In here, everything will be listed in order from biggest to smallest.

You should be able to see what is using up all of the space, and decide what you want to delete to free up space. It might be there are some apps you don't use much, or you might need to delete some videos, photos, movies or music. But that is the only way to get some can't pay to upgrade the space on the iPad.

The iCloud storage means you store stuff virtually, instead of on the device, so if it is stored on there, you can delete it from your iPad.

Hope that helps!

Cindy34 Wed 05-Aug-15 05:31:15

Some apps seem to bloat after a while. BBC News app I found was using loads of space, so deleted and reinstalled and it is much smaller now. So get the list of the apps sorted by size and go through those seeing if any look overly big.
Iplayer, All4 and other video playing apps often have their own app cache used, so delete video downloads once watched.

DowntonFlabbey Wed 05-Aug-15 09:54:41

Thanks all, do you know if two iPads can be sharing the same space?

MirandaWest Wed 05-Aug-15 09:56:31

What size is your ipad ie 16gb etc?

SoupDragon Wed 05-Aug-15 10:04:52

The can share the same I loud storage if they are linked to the same Apple ID.

I think you need to get it clear in your head what storage you are talking about because iCloud and the storage on your actual iPad (where you are trying to put the films) are two different things.

SoupDragon Wed 05-Aug-15 10:05:20

iCloud. Not "I loud"

Becca19962014 Fri 07-Aug-15 23:23:20

This happened to me earlier this year. In the end it crashed and when it eventually rebooted I had loads of free space - it turned out my problem was history and website data.

I had deleted various apps I didn't want anymore, the two main culprits according to the settings were iplayer and a hidden objects game I had, however, after the crash which had deleted all the history and website data from safari it was fine.

I'm assuming you are talking about the ipad storage and not iCloud.

trackrBird Mon 10-Aug-15 19:01:41

Connect your iPad to a computer and look at iTunes. You'll see there how the storage is being apportioned.

When you check it in iTunes, rather than on the device itself, you may well see a large chunk of space is taken up by 'other'

If so, the above article offers some advice on reducing this space.
You may end up trying a rather drastic (but effective) option, which is
1) Backup everything on your iPad to iTunes. 2) reset your iPad. Not for the faint hearted; then 3) restore your backup. That tidies things up very well and frees up your space. Use at your own risk though ;)

VivaLeBeaver Mon 10-Aug-15 19:10:30

You could use something like this portable hardrive

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