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Where did my free space go ?

01-27-2011, 12:01 PM
#1
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 152
Where did my free space go ?

I had 465Mb free space and i downloaded "Tap Town". After downloaded and installed i had 449Mb free space left. Then i opened the app, it connected to the server and i left without playing. I checked my free space again but it dropped 443Mb !? After that i deleted the game and now i have 459Mb free space.

My question is what is that 6Mb that occupies my space unnecessarily? Does iOS saves the old app files even they are deleted or what ?
01-27-2011, 12:05 PM
#2
Joined: Nov 2010
Location: alea iacta est
Posts: 1,368
Quote:
Originally Posted by incineratee View Post
I had 465Mb free space and i downloaded "Tap Town". After downloaded and installed i had 449Mb free space left. Then i opened the app, it connected to the server and i left without playing. I checked my free space again but it dropped 443Mb !? After that i deleted the game and now i have 459Mb free space.

My question is what is that 6Mb that occupies my space unnecessarily? Does iOS saves the old app files even they are deleted or what ?
6 MB? Seriously? It could be emails pushed to your device, an extra tab in Safari, unremoved Gamecenter data, anything... If it was 600 MB then you'd have a problem.

01-27-2011, 12:19 PM
#3
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 152
Quote:
Originally Posted by K?! View Post
6 MB? Seriously? It could be emails pushed to your device, an extra tab in Safari, unremoved Gamecenter data, anything... If it was 600 MB then you'd have a problem.
I did not change anything. Just installed and removed it. Also my email settings on manual and i did not get any mail.

I downloaded and deleted another app and lost 3 more Mb.

I don't care about 3-6Mb free space loss. I try lots of apps every day on appstore to check if it is good or not. It would be a problem if i needed a restore in a short time period.

My question is "Does iOS keep the old data ?" I honestly do not know if it does or not. I always thought it deletes the app completely and leaves no sign.
01-27-2011, 12:27 PM
#4
Joined: Nov 2010
Location: alea iacta est
Posts: 1,368
Every app has it's own folder than contains all of it's data, so when you delete an app, you delete that folder and all the data in it. Therefore, I think that there must be something else adding data. iTunes is not perfect at checking your device's capacity and regularly reports it as over capacity by fifty megabytes or so.

If your worried that every app you've installed has an extra five megabytes of wasted space and your device is filled up with this extra data, you can restore it in iTunes. You'll lose all your game saves and data but you'll eliminate the extra wasted space as well.
01-27-2011, 01:41 PM
#5
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Houston/Austin, TX
Posts: 13,251
Lol..are you joking me.. as long as your memory is not fluctuating by more than 20mb, everything's normal. Lol..6 mb, please. The last time I've had more than 200mb free on my 32gb was...

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01-27-2011, 01:51 PM
#6
Joined: Aug 2010
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Originally Posted by backtothis View Post
Lol..are you joking me.. as long as your memory is not fluctuating by more than 20mb, everything's normal. Lol..6 mb, please. The last time I've had more than 200mb free on my 32gb was...
Read my second post..
01-27-2011, 02:06 PM
#7
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Houston/Austin, TX
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Originally Posted by incineratee View Post
Read my second post..
The iOS device runs through many processes on its on after you install or delete a game. Opening safari, opening another app, or doing anything will cause your memory to change around 5mb.

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