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Showing Folder sizes?

Padcatt

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Since iPad OS 15.x won’t show the total size of Folders, what do people do, short of getting the file sizes of each child file and adding them manually?

I guess another method of approximating total folder size would be to compress the folder, then guesstimating the size of the un-compressed folder?
 
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Since iPad OS 15.x won’t show the total size of Folders, what do people do, short of getting the file sizes of each child file and adding them manually?

I guess another method of approximating total folder size would be to compress the folder, then guesstimating the size of the un-compressed folder?

It really depends on which folders you want to know the size of. I’m assuming you’re talking about folders in the Files app, if so you can see the size of some folders, however they have to be ‘user created’ folders and not ‘system’ created’.

For user folders, if you ‘long press’ on the folder and you see a ‘share’ option, select it and the folder size will be shown at the top of the share box. Unfortunately system folders have no share option, so hopefully in time Apple will realise their error and add the option.
 

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Since iPad OS 15.x won’t show the total size of Folders, what do people do, short of getting the file sizes of each child file and adding them manually?

Your question made me wonder if I could make a shortcut that would do this non-manually. The answer was yes, but more work than practical for just file size when Aerofly has provided an easier solution. But it was fun making it.

I'm a bit surprised and disappointed that folder size doesn't show under Get Info for the folder.

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That is pretty cool tho, from an accomplishment standpoint…it seems like the shortcuts app can be made to do some pretty useful things.
 

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Hi twerppoet, I love the Shortcut idea. I see it still uses the ‘Share’ option, does that mean it’s still restricted to user made folders with the share option?
 

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Hi twerppoet, I love the Shortcut idea. I see it still uses the ‘Share’ option, does that mean it’s still restricted to user made folders with the share option?

It seems to work only with user made folders, but that seems to include folder you create in an apps folder. For instance the folder I tested it on was a folder inside my Documents app’s main folder. I can not use it on the top level Documents app folder. That doesn’t mater much since you can get info on app’s overall storage size in the Settings app, wither under local storage or iCloud drive. in the Settings app.

I’ll play arround a bit more and see if there are other uses. I have not tried it on other cloud service.

You can also get other data like Creation and Modification dates, as well as Number of Items. The last is limited to the root folder and counts folders as well as files (not subfolders and files).

The size does count subfolders, if you enable recursive.

Here is what my current shortcut looks like.

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