Check Available Storage Space and How Much Space an App Uses in iOS

Oct 18, 2011 - 5 Comments

Apps You can quickly find out how much storage space is available on your iOS device, and perhaps more useful, the amount of storage space currently being used. This same storage information screen also gives users details on how much space each specific app is taking up, and even shows how large your music, movies, and photos collection is.

There is a lot of useful storage details available but it’s a little tucked away, so let’s show you where this detailed capacity data is located on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in just about every version of iOS:

How to Check iOS Capacity & App Space from the “Usage” Menu

  • Launch the “Settings” app and then tap to “General”
  • Tap on “Usage” to see overall space available, space used, and the per app breakdown

Here’s what this looks like:

App Usage data how much space is being used by an app

You can then select individual apps to get more detailed usage information. This is great because if you’re on the road and in a bind for disk space, you can quickly see what is hogging all the storage capacity and then delete an app or two.

Previously you had to retrieve this information from iTunes with the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch connected to a computer, making the ‘Usage’ menu another nice subtle enhancement to iOS’s post-pc feature set. You may notice that the “Other” capacity shown in iTunes isn’t displayed here, but instead is calculated to inclusion in the overall ‘Used’ space.

Some of the apps may surprise you, for example the Dictionary app shown takes up more disk space than Skype and all of the Angry Birds combined… that’s a lot of text.

This has been around in iOS for a while now, here’s how it looked in older versions of iOS on an iPhone:

Check how much space an app uses in iOS 5

If you find that you have basically no free space available, take the time to follow some simple tips to free up space on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You’ll be able to reclaim much of your capacity in not much time at all, and you might be surprised to learn just where your space is compared to what you actually use.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  5. M Thorne says:

    I am receiving an error message indicating my iPad is operating on low space. However, when I check space availability it is upwards of 13 GBs; why am I receiving this message?

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