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If there is not enough free space left on the device, iOS automatically frees up space when installing programs, updating iOS, downloading music, recording videos, etc.

To increase storage, iOS can delete certain items, such as streaming music and video, files in iCloud Drive, and unnecessary program elements. At the same time, temporary files are deleted and the device cache is cleared. IOS only removes items that are no longer needed or can be reloaded.

Estimating memory with an iOS device

Go to Settings> General> Storage Device. Perhaps a list of recommendations for optimizing the device’s storage will be displayed, under which the installed programs will be listed and the amount of memory used by each of them will be indicated. Click on a program’s name to learn more about its memory size. Cached and temporary data may not be counted as usage.

In the detailed view, you can do the following:

  • Unload a program that frees up the space it occupies, but after which there are documents and data.
  • Delete the program and its associated data.
  • Depending on the program, you may also need to delete some related documents and data.

If the device is almost full and the iOS OS cannot free up space, the warning “There is almost no space” may appear. If this warning appears, you should check the storage recommendations or upload less frequently used content, such as videos and programs.

Content Categories

IOS divides the content used into the following categories.

  • Programs: installed programs and their contents
  • Photos: Photos and videos stored in the Photos program
  • Multimedia data: music, videos, podcasts, ringtones and covers
  • Mail: Email Messages and Attachments
  • Apple Books: Books and PDFs in the Books Program
  • Messages: messages and their attachments
  • iCloud Drive: iCloud Drive content downloaded locally to your device.
  • Other: any data, such as system files, software updates, Siri voices, cached files, logs, etc.

On iOS, only the main categories are displayed. If the content of a particular category takes up little space, it may be included in the "Other" category. The storage space occupied by the system is the space allocated for iOS and the files to support it. The storage space occupied by the system depends on the type of device, its model, country of manufacturer, mobile operator, Siri votes, etc.

How do I find out how much space is left on my iPod Touch?

I bought a small iPod Touch mainly for games. It has 16 gigabytes. It was.

We installed a bunch of different games. Some of them are paid, which become free for 1-2 days and can be installed without paying a dime. I only bought Need for Speed: Most Wanted.

This is not the case. The fact is that there are already about 100 games installed, and some of them "weigh" more than 1 gig. And the place on the iPod is not rubber. Therefore, from some time I began to be interested in the question: How much space was left on it? And is it time to do a “sweep”?

How much space was left, I found out when I recharged the iPod from the laptop and at the same time synchronized the data between them. But I personally do this (synchronization) rarely, and to instantly find out how much space is left after installing a new "toy", connecting it to the laptop is inconvenient.

It turns out that you can easily and simply find out how much free space is left right on your iPod Touch.

    On iPod Touch, click "Settings."

You're at the place. Next to the word "Available" will be indicated how much free space is left.

Follow Storage Optimization Recommendations

In the “Storage” section of the “Settings” screen, iOS can offer recommendations for optimizing the device’s storage. Click Show All to see all recommendations for the device.

After reviewing the description of each recommendation, you can enable it or select it to view content that can be deleted.

Estimating memory on an iOS device using iTunes

  1. Open iTunes on your computer.
  2. Connect your iOS device to your computer.
  3. Select your iOS device in iTunes. A bar will be displayed that allows you to estimate the memory capacity of the iOS device occupied by a specific type of content.
  4. Hover over the type of content, such as Programs or Other, for details.

Below is what is included with each type of content on an iOS device.

  • Audio: songs, audio podcasts, audio books, voice memos, and ringtones.
  • Video: movies, video clips and TV shows.
  • Photographs: the contents of the Media Library, Photographic Film and Photostream programs.
  • Programs: installed programs. The contents of the programs are listed in the Documents and Data section.
  • Books: iBooks, audiobooks, and PDFs.
  • Documents and data: offline Safari list, files stored in installed programs, and program contents such as contacts, calendars, messages, and email (with attachments).
  • Other: settings, Siri voices, system data and cached files.

Information about cached files in the Other category

iTunes categorizes cached music, videos, and photos as “Other,” rather than adding them to folders containing songs, videos, and snapshots. Cached files are created when streaming or viewing content such as music, videos, and photos. When streaming music or video, this content is stored as cached files on the iOS device so that it can be quickly accessed again.

If you need to increase available storage, your iOS device automatically deletes cached and temporary files.

Additional Information

  • To reduce the size of your music library, turn on your iCloud music library and optimize your device’s storage.
  • Optimize your music and video storage on the Settings> Music> Storage Optimization screen.
  • See how macOS and iOS display storage capacity information.

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How to watch memory on an iPhone

There are several ways to check the free disk space on the iPhone. First - go to Settings → General → About this device.

In addition to a lot of information, there are two important parameters for us - “Memory capacity"(User space not including the space allotted for the operating system, and the value of"Memory capacity"Differs from the indicator indicated on the model (box) and this is why) and"Available"(Remaining space).

The second way to check disk space is to go to Settings → General → Storage and iCloud. It displays not only information about the drive, but also on iCloud cloud storage.

If you go to "Control", Then you can calculate the most gluttonous games and programs.

How to view memory in iCloud

As for iCloud, it’s much easier to see the situation through the user profile in the settings. To do this, go to Settings → Username → iCloud.

You will see a bar with a visual display of disk fullness depending on the type of files as in iTunes.

Unlike the storage device of an iOS device, the storage capacity in iCloud can be increased if desired. It is paid, but inexpensive. You can view the rates for owners of Russian Apple ID accounts on this page.