10 Replies Latest reply: May 8, 2012 10:37 AM by jazzmanpete
Klikini Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have an iPad 1 16GB model and according to the "Usage" section in Settings > General says it is 13GB. I need to update Garageband but I have 1.2GB available, even though the app update is 850MB, and it still won't install.


iPad, iOS 5.1, 16GB, Wifi
  • 1. Re: 16GB down to 13GB plus update problems
    rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,495 points)

    First, 16 GB is never really 16 GB with any storage medium due to how capacity is marketed vs. how operating systems "count", so 16 GB is read as about 13.7 GB.  Subtract from that the OS (a few hundred MB) and you're left with a little over 13 GB of usable space, max.

     

    Second, you cannot load the device to the gills ... some space needs to be left, how much I'm not sure but it is a few hundred MB's.  So you'll need to trim some content in order to fit the app.

  • 2. Re: 16GB down to 13GB plus update problems
    Demo Level 9 Level 9 (76,445 points)

    The 850 MB download will ultimately expand to more than what your iPad can still store. Downloading applications on a computer works the same way. The file that you download might be 1GB in size but when it installs the app expands and then it could double in size.

  • 3. Re: 16GB down to 13GB plus update problems
    Klikini Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Do you have any suggestions for deleting things? I deleted about 2GB's worth of apps, and yet the usage tab is not changing. The fact that apps have doubled in size for retina capability does not help. I store retina files but cannot see the retina content, so what's the point of storing files twice the required size for nothing?

  • 4. Re: 16GB down to 13GB plus update problems
    Demo Level 9 Level 9 (76,445 points)

    Try restarting or resetting the iPad and see if the storage capacity changes.

     

    Restart the iPad by holding down on the sleep button until the red slider appears and then slide to shut off. To power up hold the sleep button until the Apple logo appears and let go of the button.

     

    Reset the iPad by holding down on the sleep and home buttons at the same time for about 10-15 seconds until the Apple Logo appears - ignore the red slider - let go of the buttons.

  • 5. Re: 16GB down to 13GB plus update problems
    rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,495 points)

    If you've deleted things and you're not seeing a change, then try Resetting the iPad (press and hold the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons until you see the Apple logo, then release).  If that doesn't help, you can try Restoring the iPad and re-load your backup, that may clear up some cruft.

  • 6. Re: 16GB down to 13GB plus update problems
    Klikini Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I restarted and received an extra .1GB, then deleted a few more apps and had enough space to update.

    Related question: What is the difference between restarting and resetting?

  • 7. Re: 16GB down to 13GB plus update problems
    Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (45,825 points)

    How much space is your Other using? You may be able to reduce.

    How Do I Get Rid Of The “Other” Data Stored On My iPad Or iPhone?

    http://tinyurl.com/85w6xwn

     

    With an iOS device, the “Other” space in iTunes is used to store things like documents, settings, caches, and a few other important items. If you sync lots of documents to apps like GoodReader, DropCopy, or anything else that reads external files, your storage use can skyrocket. With iOS 5, you can see exactly which applications are taking up the most space. Just head to Settings > General > Usage, and tap the button labeled Show All Apps. The storage section will show you the app and how much storage space it is taking up. Tap on the app name to get a description of the additional storage space being used by the app’s documents and data. You can remove the storage-hogging application and all of its data directly from this screen, or manually remove the data by opening the app. Some applications, especially those designed by Apple, will allow you to remove stored data by swiping from left to right on the item to reveal a Delete button.

     

     Cheers, Tom

  • 8. Re: 16GB down to 13GB plus update problems
    rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,495 points)

    I believe resetting clears out RAM, powere off/on does not. Restoring clears everything and reloads the OS.

  • 9. Re: 16GB down to 13GB plus update problems
    Demo Level 9 Level 9 (76,445 points)

    Rockmyplimsoul has pretty much nailed it.

     

    Restarting the device is exactly what it sounds like, turning it off and then on again. Resetting it clears the system memory or I liken it to "clearing the cobwebs" out of the memory - similar to rebooting your computer.

  • 10. Re: 16GB down to 13GB plus update problems
    jazzmanpete Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the following problem with my first-generation iPad. I could not download the update to GarageBand as it said there was not enough space to do so. After trimming off some of the fat by deleting unused apps, the problem was still there. Here is the solution that worked perfectly for me: I deleted GarageBand from my Ipad. Since I already paid for the program I was able to go back and install the very latest version without any hitch or problem and thereby having the new features available for me. The only drawback by doing it this way is losing any songs that you may have created prior to re-downloading. I hope this works for you.