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  1. #1

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    Nov 28, 2010
    Why are my apps taking up so much space?
    I have a total of 29 apps on my iPad 2, and that's INCLUDING the 20 default apps I can't erase.

    I've only gone out of my way to download 9 other apps: iBooks, iHeartRadio, Netflix, Nook, Kindle, Sudoku, Goodreads, Comics, and Camera+.

    I mainly use my iPad as an ereader, so I basically use iBooks 90% of the time. I also have a subscription of The New Yorker, which is in Newsstand, along with The New York Times (which was there by default).

    And yet this is all the space they take up:

    Isn't that a LOT of space being taken up by just a few additional apps? I know people who have pages and pages of apps, but I barely have the second page filled!

    Before all this, I tried erasing about five other applications that I never used, yet the memory stayed exactly the same.

    I was going to add my music library to the tablet, but then it went way over capacity (I have 1,329 songs).

    Does anybody know why my apps are taking up so much room?

    Edit: By comparison, my iPhone 4S has 48 apps, and this is the breakdown:

    Both my iPad and iPhone have 16GB. I just don't get why the apps are taking up so much space on the tablet and so little on the phone.

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    The space taken up by "Apps" in the gas gauge includes the data STORED by the app.

    So, for example, all photos in Camera+ that are NOT moved to the camera roll are stored in the app.

    All your iBook purchases? Stored in the app. Nook, Kindle, Comics, Goodreads (crap you do a lot of reading)? Stored in the app.

    The iHeartRadio cache? Stored in the app.

    So that's why those apps take up a lot of space (and actually, 4GB is not a lot of space unless you have a 16GB or less device).

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    Oct 01, 2007
    27" iMac i7 (2011) 10.11, Mac Mini i5 (2014), iPhone6s, Apple Watch, iPad Air 2, New AppleTV (4?)
    you can go into Settings - General - Usage (this may take a few seconds to refresh the apps list).

    Now you can see on an app-by-app basis how much space is being occupied and by what.
    Not been around these parts for a while. Trying to change that . .

    Please use the reputation system if you think you've been helped - bottom left of this post

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    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2010
    Well, it looks like my New Yorker subscription is the biggest culprit:

    Thanks for the info.

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    May 19, 2009
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    Quote Originally Posted by justswitched2 View Post
    Well, it looks like my New Yorker subscription is the biggest culprit:

    Thanks for the info.
    WOW Time to get rid of some of those old papers i think. Cant use them in the fire, wrap up presents.
    Cyber papers are only good to read jk

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    Sep 10, 2012
    It's Camera+. I was searching on this same problem. As soon as I noticed that you had the same Camera+ app, I guessed that might be the culprit. I immediately deleted it and the app file space on my iphone dropped about 90%!!!

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    Mar 17, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Way... way too many specs to list.
    Camera+ is his next to lowest usage app on that screen. In this 2+ month old post, the culprit was indeed.. the New Yorker issues.
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