{ iOS Hack } Free up memory on your iPhone or iPad



Anybody else out there playing the never ending “app shuffle” where you painstakingly decide what to delete off your device to free up memory? I had been doing this daily to keep at least 1GB of memory free to insure that all of my AAC apps and therapy apps run smoothly. Even with a 128 GB iPad Air the struggle is real.

I’m usually skeptical of “hacks” since they never quite live up to the hype but was intrigued when I saw a post about this one on Lauren Enders’, an AAC and tech guru, Facebook page. I highly recommend following her on Facebook and Pinterest!

CNet post with steps of how to do it:


PDF of that post:


NOTE: I had one person leave a comment on my Facebook page that she was charged after tapping “rent” despite following the steps in the CNET post. She indicated that she suspected that it might have been due to her having an available balance to spend in her iTunes account. So please be advised that this could occur if you have an iTunes balance. I have had many other comments and messages that the steps in the CNET post worked for them and I know that it worked for me.


This is seriously the best iOS hack ever! I did a hard reboot after following the steps in the post and went from 1.2GB of free space up to 5.0GB of free space (a gain of 3.8 GB additional free space on my iPad Air). That’s huge! I wonder what on earth is going on behind the scenes to hog that much space and then magically free it up?

And nothing seems to be running glitchy after doing this… is it “tech geeky” to be this giddy over the sight of 5.0GB of free space on my main therapy iPad?  Probably so but I’m loving it 😉


Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 27 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.