I was doing a quick (I thought) WiFi sync on my iPad 2 this morning, just to get a new iBook I’d downloaded on the Mac onto it. The sync went quite slowly and during it I caught a glimpse of the Capacity status bar in iTunes – and noticed that free space on the iPad 2 was down to around 7GB free. That’s a terribly low amount, given that it’s a 64GB model.
A closer look showed me that around 12GB was being taken up by Music, and a whopping 32GB by apps. Yikes. Time for some trimming in both areas, was my immediate reaction. Music is easy – I changed from syncing the entire music library to just selected playlists, which is no big deal as I have my whole library on my iPhone 4S and rarely use the iPad 2 for playing iTunes music. That reduced the space taken by Music from 12GB down to just 3GB.
Reducing the space taken up by apps required a little more thought and attention. Luckily in iOS 5 on the iPad it’s easy to determine how much space is being used by each one of your installed apps. As you can see in the screenshot shown above, after Music the Usage list is topped by two big iPad games – Animal Planet Trivia Challenge HD and Real Racing 2 HD. These are two large games that get good use, so there’s not a lot to do about them.
Next on the list were Instacast HD – the superb podcast manager app – and The New Yorker iPad edition. Both of these presented opportunities for some trimming. I archived a few older issues of The New Yorker (which can be re-downloaded later for free if they’re ever needed) and reduced its space usage from 1.1GB to around 600MB. With Instacast I unsubscribed from a few podcasts I had rarely listened to – and got its space usage down below 1GB as well.
Then I deleted some apps that were not getting frequent use, and some others that are apps my daughter uses a lot but that are also already installed on her iPad.
With these few changes I’ve gone from around 7GB of free space on the iPad 2 to over 24GB free.
I still have 254 apps installed on the iPad 2 – I’ll look at some further trimming of those sometime soon and some will be removed once I’ve assessed them for review or reviewed them.
I also need to take a better look at Instacast HD and how I can get rid of some older episodes and trim its space usage a little further. For now though, my iPad 2 is back to having a healthy amount of free space.
How are you doing on apps accumulation and free space available on your iPads?