Why am I having less memory on my iPad?

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Last night it said memory usage was 5 .07 . This morning it's 4. 74 I got rid of some pictures. It went back up to 5.14 . But now it's back down to 4, 74. WHATIS GoING ON?
At one time I had 12 albums on my pad plus a movie and memory usage was 5 something. Now I probely can't even do that. What is going on with this pad??
 

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I did activate my iCloud died that effect it? Please say yes other it will not make sense. I didn't add anything!! I shouldn't gave less memory!! Why is it showing less?! Why are my apps crashing? Why can't I get my bookmarks imported to Safari? Why is all this happening?! ☹��☹��☹��☹
 

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iCloud could have an impact on your storage depending on your settings. For instance if you use iCloud Photo Sharing, then the photos that you shared are others are sharing with you will get downloaded to your device using more space.

Also apps download stuff all the time. Facebook stores recently viewed items in a cache and that uses space. Free apps with ads download the ads to show you using space. iMessage pictures uses space in Messages, and if the pictures are on your device they are there a second time as well.

Lots of questions here:
- your storage will fluctuate as you use the device. Nothing to worry about unless you don't have enough space.
- Apps crash for many reasons. It could be sloppy programming, or an unstable operating system. You could try backing up the iPad to iTunes and restore the iPad to see if that helps the stability. A restore erases everything from the iPad, installs a new copy of the operating system, then restores the backup of your data. You may have to re-enter wifi password and a few other things but it could help.
- How are you importing your bookmarks to Safari? The only way I share my bookmarks with Safari is with Firefox on my PC using the iCloud Bookmarks add-on. Importing bookmarks can use more storage too.
- My guess is that the restore may help. Or you have some questionable apps installed.
 

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Well I don't have any new apps on my pad that's for sure. I guess I'll keep using google and don't try to multitask or confuse it too much. As for the photos I deleted a lot of them, and there's some I don't share on Facebook BUT I did get a lot from Facebook. Maybe that can cause a problem? As far as the iTunes thing goes. I'm gonna have to wait until I get a more stable computer my 6 year old HP overheated laptop might not be that stable. But I am backing up a lot of stuff to portable pin drives. What does fluctuate mean? I don't use imessage. I use messenger.
 

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You don't need new apps, just using the apps you have may change your storage space available.

Photos that you get from Facebook and keep cause double storage use while the Facebook version is in your feed. Videos too. Once the feed updates and the photos disappear then they only impact the storage once if you saved them.

Overheating laptops are usually caused by blocked air holes or a bad fan. The air holes can be blown out, allowing air to flow freely. Fans can be replaced fairly inexpensively. 6 years is pretty old, but it should still work.

Fluctuate means go up and down.

Messenger has the same issue that iMessage does. Sending a picture that is on your device, makes a second copy and uses double the space.
 

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I just turned iCloud photo sharing off and and I got 5: 12 memory! These little things I am learning. And they are difficult.
 

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It's showing 4. 62 I even turned off my iCloud deleted some more pictures but still. Why does it fluctuate even if you don't put anything else in it. I know I have more memory than this. Why us it showing less?
 

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Ok, if it is ads or cach, how do I clear out all the cache without erasing the passwords? Why can't that be possible?
One more thing, I am not using Safari as my browser. I'm using Chrome app. It doesn't appear I'm having anymore trouble with it.
 
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Something is using up my memory. I'm not adding anything I'm deleting pics and videos from my messenger. Now it says 4: 58. What is going on? Why is my memory shrinking?!
 

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WEll, i just urged off my pad and turned it back on again after 5 minutes, now it says 4:6. WHY!?!? Someone please help. I think something is wrong. My memory is shrinking rapidly and there doesn't see to be any reason for it!
 

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OK, downloading an update. iOS 10.3.3. Do you think that could help?
 

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No I doubt 10.3.3 will help that is a security fix.

The speed you see when browsing the web with Safari or Chrome (even browsers on PCs) is done with tricks. These tricks are many and some use the storage space on the device to make pages load faster. For example, a website the first time you visit it will download the website logo to your cache, storing it in your device to enable your browser to load it from your cache instead of pulling it from the server again. Loading it from the cache is nearly instant, where pulling it from the server takes time a few milliseconds to a couple of seconds. Since the logo is likely to be on every page at least once, storing it on your device makes sense so that the site looks fast. To do this, it consumes space on your device.

It is not a lot of space. Certainly nothing to be worried about. 5 to 4.8 to 4.68 is nothing assuming you are talking GB.

Browsers do this for other things besides logos, they do it for images, videos, ads, and more. Apps do the same thing, as most are really just limited browsers that enable you to perform some actions. When the website is done with an ad, then a new ad will be downloaded, and your copy will eventually expire and be removed from the cache automatically.

I would ignore this memory fluctuation. It is nothing to be worried about unless you get low storage messages from your device. Then you'll need to delete some apps or apply the iOS update to free up space.
 

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As far as aps crashing. My Facebook app still crashes even if I uninstall and reinstall it. There's other apps that never crashed. My youtube never crashed. But then again I've been watching YouTube on the LGTV controlling it with the iPad. The messenger never crashed. It only seems to be the apps I use the most. But what you're out said sounds very complicated and I can't remember all my passwords. I need a professional to help he with this but I know no one. ☹
 

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I like PWSafe on the iPad (version 1 is free) to manage passwords via iCloud with all my devices. PC, Mac, iPad, iPhones, etc.

As for the crashing, I would restore the iPad. I know you don't have a stable laptop, that should be fixed first, then restore.
 

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Right now I'm just gonna use safari JUSt for Facebook, in settings I enabled cookie just for Facebook. They way things are right now, I can't fix my computer. I'm not in any position to do that. The only thing I will ask is there a chance that the Safari might crash. Since it's the default part of the iPad, I would doubt it, right? Please??
 

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I did a test on my YouTube app. I ramble a 2 hr video on it while it was charging. The video ended but YouTube a app was still on after about 4 hours when the pad was fully charged. I turned the pad off for the rest of the night. Does that mean the YouTube app won't crash? If not all app wil crash then it's the app, but then doesn't explain why even if I reinstall a new Facebook app it would still crash. Please I can NOT do a hard reset, I have to spend money and fixing that laptop and other stuff yardage yards and my mom will not be too happy with that.
 

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There is no way to assure an app won't crash. No matter what it is, there is an event that the developer probably didn't anticipate, and that event will cause a crash. There may be several of these events.

Some crashes are caused by the OS doing things that Apps don't expect, or doing bad things because there is an issue in the current installation of the OS.

Since you are unable to restore your device, then you are stuck with dealing with more crashes than the average user. I suggest fixing the situation before the iPad forces you to restore and you'll have nothing.
 

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"More crashes than the average user"? How many crashes is average? I was thinking you're not supposed to have ANY crashes at all. Like I said I haven't experience any crashes from other apps. And I seemed to only happen when I'm on Facebook.
 

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talking in circles here...occasional crashes are to be expected. It would be nice to have none, but that does not happen. I have 2 apps that crash fairly often, 1 changes all the time so the code base is not stable, the other is more experimental, so it is expected. Facebook never crashes. Auto-playing videos are disabled and I don't watch them, I remove all suggested posts, and I never post. It is just there to give me an easy login to several games. So I am not a typical Facebook user. I think I have seen it crash once in the last 4 years.

Your iPad is in an unstable state, and will eventually need to be restored. Best to do it when you are ready for it, not when you can't spend the time to do it, or lose something that is only on the iPad.

In other words your iPad is running on borrowed time. It will crash, and take some data with it. You just don't know when. Find a working computer, restore a backup of your iTunes library to it. Sync the iPad. Restore the iPad.

If you can't get your iTunes library backup restored to a computer, then you might as well erase the iPad now, restore it, and lose the data when you expect to instead of later in a rush and in a panic over it. Then you can have a stable iPad again, ending this thread...
 
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