Check How Much Storage Space is Used & Available on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch

Mar 22, 2012 - 6 Comments

See available space in iOS

Knowing how much space you have used on an iOS device and, maybe even more useful and more relevant, knowing how much storage you have remaining, are two important things for any iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch owner.

This is how to find how much storage space is available and used within iOS, you simply look no further than the Settings application on the iPhone or iPad. Here’s what you’ll want to do to find the details:

  • Open Settings and tap on “General”
  • Tap on “Usage” and wait for the spinning loading indicator to finish populating with data, look for the storage available and storage used data points at the top of the installed app list

The iPhone and iPod touch displays this data at the very top:

Check available space on an iOS device

The iPad shows this data spread across the top of the screen too, looking slightly differently in prior versions of iOS, but note the information is the same:

Check How Much Storage Available on iOS

Scrolling further down you’ll find how much space individual apps use, most of which are reasonably small but some games like Rage HD are enormous and will take up tons of MB’s of capacity. If you don’t find yourself using the largest apps in this list, or if you’ve already beaten a game and don’t play it any longer, you can always delete them now and then redownload them anytime in the future for free, all you need to do is go back to iTunes and the Purchased list to be able to access any apps you’ve bought or downloaded in the past.

A few other important things to note: The Videos app shows a combined total of video storage on the iOS device, if you’re experiencing capacity issues you may want to remove individual videos that you have already watched, as each one can take up quite a bit of space as well. It’s not uncommon for HD video’s to be several GB large, meaning just a few of those will have eaten up all but the largest capacity versions of iOS hardware.

Finally, and particularly for iPhone users, check the Photos & Camera section too, because photos can also take up tons of space and knowing how much storage they’re using is a good way to determine if it’s time to back all the pictures up to a computer so that you’ll be able to remove them and take more, if you don’t regularly transfer the pictures to a computer and run out of space while you’re on the go, you’ll be stuck having to manually delete them to try and clear up space, and that’s no fun.

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Posted by: William Pearson in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Tom says:

    Cool, I always checked the General>About section, but this is much better. Funny how I have been in the Usage section often but did not notice the Storage #’s.
    Thx Will

  2. Nyah says:

    You can Save lots of space by using home sharing with iTunes rather than local storage.

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