How to find out what's using all the space on your iOS device
Strapped for storage? Before you start randomly deleting stuff, find out which apps are consuming the most space.
Rick BroidaSenior Editor
Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
In an ideal world, Apple would have designed its iPhones, iPods, and iPads with memory-expansion slots. But in this world, you're stuck with whatever fixed amount of storage you purchased.
So what happens when you go to download a movie or install a big game like Madden NFL 25 and your iDevice tells you don't have enough space available?
You're out of luck, that's what. Your only real option is to free up additional space by deleting apps and data. Ah, but how can you determine which apps and data are using the most space? If you're just guessing at it, you could end up deleting a bunch of stuff that consumes very little, and therefore doesn't solve your problem.
The solution lies a few steps inside iOS Settings, which can show you exactly what's using your storage -- from most to least. Here's how to get there:
Tap the Settings icon.
Tap General, then Usage.
You'll immediately see how much storage is available and how much is used. After a few seconds of calculations, you'll see a list of installed apps and how much space they're consuming.
Now you've got the information you need to make strategic deletions. If music is the culprit, consider removing a playlist or two. (Heck, subscribe to a streaming service like Rhapsody or Spotify and you can pretty much chuck your music library altogether.) If you have a lot of videos, delete the ones you no longer watch. And if there are space-hogging games you no longer play, well, you get the idea.