Understanding iOS device capacity

Learn how to view capacity and disk usage on iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

You can sync and download many different types of content on your device. Some types of content (such as music and videos) typically take more space than others (such as notes and books). The amount of space taken by an app depends on the app's purpose; complex or graphically intense apps usually take more space than simpler apps.

If your device is near its capacity, you can remove some of the less used content to make room for more.

View usage on iOS

Tap Settings > General > Usage to see the amount of space each app and its content takes on your device.

Tap an app for more detailed information about its usage.

Depending on the app, you might be able to delete some of the app's content, or delete the app and its content.

View usage on iTunes

iTunes divides used content into categories indicated on the bottom of the screen when you have selected your device.

  • Audio: Songs, audio podcasts, audiobooks, voice memos, and ringtones
  • Video: Movies, music videos, and TV shows
  • Photos: Camera Roll contents, Photo Stream, and Photo Library
  • Apps: Installed apps
  • Books: iBooks books and PDF files
  • Documents & Data: App content, such as contacts, calendars, messages, emails, and their attachments, Safari Offline Reading List, and files that you've created in your apps
  • Other: Settings, Siri voices, and other system data

Hover the pointer over the content for more detailed information, such as usage and item count:

iTunes displays how much space the selected songs, videos, audiobooks, and apps use in the status bar on the bottom of the screen. You can also see this information by selecting an item and then choosing File > Get Info. The size is available in the Summary tab.

You can transfer or sync content to your computer from your device. If you want to remove only certain content from your device, learn how to manually manage content using iTunes.

Learn more

Learn how OS X and iOS report storage capacity.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Aug 25, 2014
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