Holidays are a great opportunity to get organised - sort out all of those jobs that have been piling up around you.
We hope that top of your list is sorting out your iPad. If it’s not, it should be! We have some students at school who are running out of storage on their iPad, meaning they sometimes have difficulty completing the learning tasks teachers have planned. Many aren’t running the latest operating system, meaning functionality of some apps is limited, or indeed, not working at all.
1. Manage your Storage
Go to General > iPad Storage. Follow the tutorial below to view your storage usage.
There you will find tips on reducing your storage. Typically, the native Photos app will take up the most space, as it is housing all of your photos and videos. Why not delete unused apps? Perhaps you learn that a game is taking up a lot of valuable storage space - time to delete it?
2. Organise your Photos
Often, we take several photos of the same thing, and choose the best one to use in a project or to share. Getting students into the habit of deleting the photos that aren’t as good, is an important skill to teach them.
An easy way to do this is to Favourite ♥ the best photos (using the heart function underneath), then go to camera roll where you can select all the photos that don’t have hearts on them, and delete them.
Don’t forget to delete photos/videos in the Recently Deleted folder.
3. Back up your Best Photos
Once you have gotten rid of sub-par photos, it’s time to make sure your best photos are stored somewhere safely. There are a number of options for you, but here are a couple of my favourites:
Google Photos allows you to upload or sync unlimited photos (at a slightly reduced file size). What’s great about this is that you can search them really easily. Want to find photos of children writing? Search “Writing”! It’s that simple. Google Photos is the most straight-forward way of backing up your photos in the cloud.
A free Flickr account has 1 Terabyte of free storage for images and videos. You can auto-upload photos from your iPad camera roll, so you will not have to worry about backing individual ones up. That said, you want to back up your best photos, not all of them. The search function isn’t as advanced as the Google Photos app, but you can tag and describe your pictures if you so wish.
5. Update Your Apps