The Apple iPad has lots of potential, but the iPad’s limited hard drive space can put a stop to your plans to take over the world. Even if you have a 64GB iPad, the following 5 tips will help you get the most out of your Apple iPad.
1. Use top rated music only
When I first bought an Apple iPad, my initial goal was to fill up every bit of my iPad’s hard drive space with music. I treated my iPad like an oversized iPod and loaded just about every song that I might want to listen to someday onto my iPad – but the only songs that I listened to were my top rated songs. It didn’t make sense to waste the bulk of my iPad’s hard drive space on music that I didn’t care to listen to so I decided to trim the fat on my iPad’s music collection and loaded my top rated music only. After I stopped hoarding music on my iPad, I went from using 41.6GB of hard drive space used on music to only 8.2GB of music on my iPad. Talk about freeing up hard drive space.
2. Stream TV shows and movies to your iPad
TV shows and movie files are the largest files that will take up the most hard drive space on your iPad’s hard drive. The average iPad movie file size is around 400MB-1GB and these movie files can eat up the bulk of your iPad’s hard drive space if you’re not careful. Fortunately, there are apps like Air Video that allow iPad users to stream movies from their computers to their iPad, instead of loading them directly to the hard drive – and allow them to free up lots of hard drive space and store more movies at the same time.
3. Get the apps that you really need – and kill the rest
App overload can be a problem for rookie Apple device owners and pros alike. Apps are what the iPad is all about and hoarding pages of apps can be a bad habit that will eventually cram up all of your iPad’s internal hard drive space. There’s nothing wrong with having lots of apps, but make sure the apps that you keep aren’t just sucky apps that only serve to waste hard drive space.
4. Remote desktop apps for the win
Sometimes when you don’t have lots of resources it’s best to leverage someone (something) else’s – and remote desktop apps like LogMeIn Ignition and iTeleport allow you to do just that. Remote access apps give your iPad control over your computer, which can not only free up hard drive space, but can also let you have functionality that isn’t available on the iPad.
5. Clean up every now and then
Sometimes the best way to free up hard drive space is to do away with things that you no longer needs. Sometimes you’ve listened to a song way to many times, watched movies until you’ve learned them word for word, or replaced obsolete apps with newer ones with more options. When files are just lingering on the iPad’s hard drive space, it’s time to send them off to the iPad graveyard and delete them from your iPad. Deleted TV shows, movies, and songs will still be available in your iTunes library if you wish to add them later and paid iTunes Apps can be downloaded for free when hard drive space becomes available.
For more read 5 Boring Household Activities Made Fun Because of the iPad, 5 Ways to Make Your iPad a Lot like a Small Computer, and iPad App Overload: How to Buy iPad Apps Without Hating Yourself Later.
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