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Here’s how to increase the storage capacity of your iPad

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We agree, an iPad tablet or another brand’s tablet doesn’t cost the same price when the storage is 64GB or 2000GB (2 terabytes). In Apple’s catalog, a 64GB iPad Air M1 tablet costs $ 749, but $ 200 more with 256GB of storage. The 128GB 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $ 999, the 2TB version $ 2379 excluding taxes of course.

Not to mention that tablets that are a few years old often only have 32 GB of storage or less and that it is impossible to increase the memory of the internal SSD storage. To overcome this basic capability, there are simple solutions that cost less than buying a new device.

With iCloud Drive

With today’s internet and fast connections, iPad tablets have access to iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library services, and you can use third-party online services like Google Drive, Drop Box, and even the 1TB OneDrive service included with your account. Microsoft 365 if you have one.

In short, all you need to do is use cloud computing (clouds) as a second storage space for your tablet.

You can even back up everything on the tablet. This cloud storage protects your files from breakage, loss or theft of your device. No matter what, your files, apps and all your media will always be there, online.

256 GB USB stick

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256 GB USB stick

For your photos and videos

The best use of cloud storage is for photos and especially videos. These types of files take up a surprising amount of space. So moving a collection of photos and videos to the cloud can free up several gigabytes of storage space on your tablet.

With the Apple ecosystem, view photos and videos stored in the iCloud Photo online library on your TV; it is not necessary to download everything to the tablet memory. Same logic for your music files, the Apple Music service that includes iTunes Match streams your music to your iOS devices (iPad and iPhone).

You can also use AirPlay to project your iPhone or iPad screen onto the TV, allowing you to interact with any app on your smartphone or tablet using the TV.

IPad Air tablet with magic keyboard

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IPad Air tablet with magic keyboard

With a disc or external drive

Another even simpler solution is to connect an external memory or a flash memory.

With your tablet’s iPadOS system and file management capabilities, the iPad has gained the ability to support external drives and USB flash drives. This allows you to store media files on inexpensive external storage and save iPad space for essential apps.

First thing to check, the type of connection-charging of your iPad: USB-C, Lightning connector, otherwise use an adapter in case of incompatibility. Second element, this external mount should ideally be powered from the same connection as your iPad and not from an external power supply, which is too bulky.

To connect an external hard drive, USB drive, or SD card reader to iPad, use the Files app to view the contents of the external storage.

Eliminate the unnecessary

The iPad system can measure the occupied and free space and discover content that takes up too many megabytes.

Go to Settings> General> iPad Storage. Wait a few seconds to find out the size of each application in descending order.

For example, if you no longer play Asphalt 8, type the name of the game you want to uninstall or delete. In both cases, 3.26 gigabytes will be freed.

Alternatively, go to Settings> Safari> Clear Browsing History to clear cached data and browsing history.

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