Low Memory!! Is there an app for that?

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    OK. Yes I only have a 16 Ipad. (till the 3Gs come out.)

    Short Version:
    Got "Low Memory" warning today !
    Is there an App to help manage the memory usage?

    (to list what apps/items are using what amount of memory?)
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    Yes... Of COURSE I have installed many apps.
    • Lots of News apps. (Reuters, NPR, NYT, BBC, Weather Channel, several others)
    • Lots of the solitaire apps
    • Several simple games. None of the really high graphic ones.
    • Sticky notes, Drawing programs.
    • Lots of other apps.
    • NO music yet.
    • NO photos yet.
    • I haven't even started syncing any files from the desktop machine.

    So, is there anything that will help me analyze where my heavy memory use is?


    (This may help me decide which 3G to get.)
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    Last edited: Apr 22, 2010
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    Forgot to mention....
    It reports 13 of 14 G used.

    I have deleted several things,
    and it still says 14 available, 13 used.

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    In iTunes you can see the size of each of the apps in the Apps tab under the iPad sync screen. This might be the best way to determine how to clean up your installed apps. Just scroll through the list and look at the apps and uncheck a combination of apps that you don't use and have a large footprint. Or begin to make selective choices... two similar new apps, usually use one, the other is good but takes up a lot of space.

    Still I am surprised that you can fill up the iPad with just apps (no music, movies, podcasts, etc). I have some pretty hefty sized apps and my current footprint of apps is under 2 GB. Granted, my Navigation app is only installed on my iPhone. Otherwise, Myst is my only app that is over 120 MB. And most are well under.
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    I would do a soft reset, that doesn't sound right....
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    Go into iTunes and see how much "other" memory you are using. Other is data that some apps leave behind, sometimes it can get really high and the best solution is to backup and restore.
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    As for system ram, I've been using an app called free memory on my iPhones for years, and now on the ipad. Cleans up all the junk left in resident memory from poorly written apps, restores full speed on a slow os without rebooting
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    Does it remove "Other" data?
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    Air stash
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    Gentlefury,

    I am not sure that you are correct about Other... at least my interpretation of what you are saying. When an app is deleted from the iPhone OS it removes all related files (the proverbial "sandbox") which should remove any "other". This is part of the reason that Apple setup the sandbox for each apps so that it would not leave behind scattered files, as happens in Mac OS.

    The Other probably includes all of the added application data that has been created. This can be files uploaded via Air Sharing, Cached Emails, Saved Games, etc. Now if this is particularly large, I don't know of an easy way to identify which app is the holder of that data. I know mine on the iPad is currently over 500 MB, but I've also thrown a bunch of PDF into Good Reader, and some good sized files into Pages and Numbers. Plus all of my other activities.
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    Other is any data created by apps...sometimes it is cache data sometimes it is user created content, if you delete the app it should take the data with it...my iPod touch had something like 3GB of other on it...I had to refresh the device to get rid of it.
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    That is interesting. From my reading of the developer docs, all of the application created data (caches, plist, sql databases, etc) are stored in the sandbox and should be deleted when the app is deleted. I wonder if there was a rogue app or two that was not cleaning up its own cache and the restore cleaned it up. I'll have to keep an eye on mine to see if I can see anything similar.
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    Could be, but I think its a weird iPod issue...since my iPod nano had the same thing happen...I had 2GB of "Other" on it and it doesn't even have apps. I had to refresh it to get full storage again.
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    I am fine now!
    Thanks for all the help!

    It is now reporting 2 Gb used.
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    So what caused it and what did you do to fix it?
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    lol I know, why do they always thank for the help but never say what worked.

    It would be nice for others that may have this issue if you post what steps you took to clear the issue. Thanks and looking forward to the magical fix.
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    OK,OK,

    I am not sure...
    I am afraid I had not documented well enough how or why the memory showed as low.
    I did not get any program to explore it,
    although I would still like to find a good memory explorer/analyzer.

    I did a Reset of the IPad:
    1. The first step is to find the power button. When you are holding your iPad, it should be in portrait mode, or the how you hold a book, with the long sides vertical. The power button on the iPad should be on the top right hand side.
    2. After you have located the power button on the iPad, you will want to hold down that button for 3 seconds. Then, then a rectangular box should pop up on your iPad that has a white arrow facing toward the right.
    3. Once you see the slider button, simply slide your finger along the iPad to power off. Once you have slid the button, the iPad should shut down on its own.
    4. Before you turn your iPad back on you will want to wait 10-15 seconds. Then locate the power button, and hold it for 3 seconds; your iPad should power up. Once you have reset your iPad, you performance should improve.
    and am happy again.
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    I need to Delete the "Other" file

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    The app you're looking for is the apple.com checkout app to buy a bigger one. ;)
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    I need to Delete the "Other" file

    Thanks great idea but not the answer I was hoping for. :)
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    If you use apps of magazines and you download editions, the size of the app in the apps-survey in iTunes doesn't change, but the total used memory is increased.

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