Here’s another very nice new feature in iOS 5 on the iPad that I had not noticed before: you can see how much storage space is being used by each one of your installed apps.
Here’s how to have a look at how much space each installed app is taking up on your iPad:
— Go into the Settings app and tap on General on the left hand pane
— Then tap on Usage on the right hand side – the third option down the page
— Usage will show you how much space is currently available and how much is in use, and then list the ten apps currently using up the most storage space on your iPad (or other iOS device). At the end of the listing there’s a button to tap to show details for all apps.
You can tap on each app to see details on the size of the app itself, and a separate area showing the amount of space being used by documents and data belonging to the app.
So, with the iPod app for instance, I can see that ‘All Music’ is occupying over 10GB of space, while Movies and Music Videos account for just over 1GB.
There’s also a section below the apps usage area for iCloud storage information and where it looks like you’ll be able to manage your iCloud storage. This doesn’t appear to be live yet, while this post is being written.
This is a great new feature in my book. It means no more wondering what’s filling up your storage space on your iPad, and it should make it much easier to free up a little storage when free space is getting a bit tight. It will also serve as a great reference point when you’re thinking of upgrading to a new iPad (or other tablet device), in terms of assessing your storage needs.