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iPad Storage is Full? 6 Simple Steps To Fix It

Facing the “iPad Storage Is Full” message? Learn how to free up space with simple steps like deleting unused apps, offloading apps, and more.

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Have you ever encountered the annoying “iPad Storage Full” message when you try to download a new app, take a photo, or update your software? If you have, the fastest way to free up space is by deleting unused apps and clearing the app cache. Apps with large cache usually include Safari, Adobe Lightroom, and similar programs. 

Fastest Way to Free Up Space on Your iPad

One of the easiest and fastest ways to free up space on your iPad is by deleting the apps you don’t use anymore. Apps can take up a lot of space, especially if they have a lot of data and cache stored on your device. 

iPad Storage Settings

To delete unused apps, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap on General.
  • Select iPad Storage
  • Scroll down and tap Show All
  • Tap on the app that you want to delete and tap Delete App.
  • Tap Delete App again to confirm. 
  • Repeat this process for any other apps that you don’t need.
Delete app on iPad

You can delete apps directly from the Home Screen or the App Library by tapping and holding the icon. Next, tap Remove Icon, then choose Delete App

How to Delete Apps on Your iPad

If you still need to free up storage after performing these steps, here are the steps that I will take next.

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How to Offload Apps

If I have apps I don’t use often but don’t want to lose my progress or preferences, I offload them instead. Offloading an app means removing it from the device without deleting its data and settings. This way, I can save some space and still be able to reinstall the app, continuing where I left off. 

How to Offload App

To offload apps, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on General
  • Choose iPad Storage.
  • Find the app you want to offload and tap on it. 
  • Select Offload App
  • Tap on Offload App again to confirm.
  • Repeat this process for any other apps that you want to offload.

You can also enable the Offload Unused Apps option to offload apps you haven’t used in a while automatically. 

How to Enable Offload Unused Apps

How to Delete Browser Cache

Another way I use to free up space on my iPad is by deleting the browser cache. The browser cache is a collection of temporary files, such as images, videos, and web pages, that make your browsing experience faster and smoother. However, over time, it can accumulate and take up a lot of space. 

How to Clear Safari Browser History on iPad

To delete the browser cache, follow these steps:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and tap Safari.
  • Scroll down and tap Clear History and Website Data
  • Choose a Clear Timeframe.
  • Tap Clear History.
How to Clear History on the Safari App on iPad

You can also delete the browser cache for other browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, or Edge, by opening them, tapping the three-dotted menu, and selecting Clear Browsing Data

How to Manage Your Photos and Videos

Photos and videos are the biggest culprits when filling up your iPad’s storage. In my case, I usually take photos with my iPhone and sync them to my iPad in RAW format so I can edit them on Adobe Lightroom. These files are huge, and if you don’t check often, you can quickly run out of space. 

To manage your photos and videos, follow these steps:

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  • Go to Settings
  • Scroll down and tap on Camera.
  • Tap on Formats
  • Select High Efficiency
  • Go to the Photos app and delete any unwanted or duplicate photos and videos.
  • Go to the Recently Deleted album under Utilities and empty it.
How to Remove Recently Deleted Pictures

Note: You can also download the Photos Phone Cleaner app to find and remove similar photos and large media files automatically.

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How to Remove Offline Content from Apps

Some apps, such as Netflix and Apple Music, allow you to download content for offline viewing or listening. I find this very convenient when I don’t have an internet connection, but it can also take up a lot of space on my iPad. 

So, what I do is delete the offline content I’ve already watched or listened to a hundred times. 

To remove offline content from apps, follow these steps:


  • Open the Netflix app. 
  • Select your account and tap on My Netflix.
  • Tap on Downloads.
  • Tap on the Edit icon.
  • Tap the X button to delete your downloaded content. 
How to Delete Downloaded Content on Netflix

Apple Music

  • Open the Apple Music app.
  • Find and tap Downloaded from the library. 
  • Touch and hold a song or album.
  • Tap the three-dotted menu in the upper left corner.
  • Tap on Remove.
  • Select Only Remove Download.
How to Delete Downloaded Content on Apple Music

By removing offline content from apps, you can free up some space and stream the content online whenever you want.

More Advanced Techniques for Power Users

If you have tried all the methods above and still need more space on your iPad, you can try more advanced techniques that require extra steps or tools. These techniques are for power users who want to optimize their iPad storage. 

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Here are some of them:

Move documents and images to iCloud

How to Turn On iCloud Drive
  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on your Name.
  • Tap on iCloud.
  • Turn on the iCloud Drive option. 
  • Go to the Files app.
  • Tap and hold the file you want to move and select Move.
  • Select iCloud Drive and tap Move.
How to Move Files to Your iCloud Drive

Save to an external storage medium

Things you’ll need:

  • An external storage device
  • A compatible adapter

Here’s how to do this:

  • Connect the adapter to your iPad and the storage device to the adapter
  • Use the Files app to transfer the files that you want to the external storage device

Before you go

Now that you know the basic and advanced techniques to clear space on your iPad, read our guide to know if the 64 GB model is enough for your storage needs.

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