Why does my iPad memory fluctuate?

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I’m not putting anything new on it but it went from 14.27 GB to 13.83. And it keeps flucoating up and down and eventually down. What is causing that and how do I get it to stop?
 

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Lots of reasons: Web browsing (cache growing and shrinking), streaming audio and video (buffering for smooth playback), updates (download and install)...

No, there is no way to stop it, this is a natural part of computer use.
 

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What if I empty cache? They say that’s always good for ir. Only thing is I don’t know how to do that.
 

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No need to do that unless you are having issues like can’t log into an app or website.
 

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I really should empty my cache, it seems my memory is fluctuating down. Why does it do that? I don’t load anything else on it yet I it keeps getting smaller eventually. There’s no way to stop this?
the only way I should have less memory is if I load stuff on my iPad, the rest should be the cache I can just empty. What am I missing here that I don’t understand?
 

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The space will fluctuate as needed. The cache will fill up as you visit more sites, this makes it faster when you return to sites. Then the cache will empty old stuff as new stuff is cached.

Apps are kind of like a browser too, especially streaming video and picture apps. They have caches of data as well. Especially free to play games that download ads to show you. These caches will fluctuate as well. Some have small caches where only pictures of ads are shown, others have large caches where they show videos or have mini-games for you to see.

Messaging apps are the ones that usually have the largest caches, this is so they can save every picture and video sent and received with your contacts. Not that you really need to be concerned with either, but it is a place where space is regularly consumed. These generally don't decrease, they tend to grow unless you delete conversations with lots of pictures/videos in them occasionally.

Until you run out of space, there is no need to be concerned with it.
 

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Ok, so, if I see my memory going down further than I would like it too, if I empty messages with pics, that would help somewhat, right?
 

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Yes. I would only bother to do that IF my space was so low it was preventing me from installing an app or downloading a video
 
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