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Offload Your Unused Apps in iOS 11 and Recover Storage Space

Are you running out of space on your iPhone or iPad (that is running iOS 11)? Since you can not upgrade the amount of storage on your device, this can be a problem for many people. However, it may be easier to deal with than you expect. Because you have to remove data in order to gain back space, something has to go. But maybe you don’t want to delete your photos. Well, Apple has added a quick way to free up storage space by removing unneeded apps. With this feature turned on, your device will remove apps from your device that you haven’t opened for a while. This only happens when your iPad or iPhone is low on space, and only to apps that you haven’t launched in a while, while preserving any data or documents associated with the app, as well as keeping the icon on the Home screen (with a cloud badge next to the name). Go to Settings > General > iPhone/iPad Storage, where you’ll see a Recommendations section. This section may include an option to Offload Unused Apps with an estimate of how much space you could save. Tap Enable to allow iOS to remove apps that you haven’t launched in a while. Tapping the app icon will reload it from the App Store, assuming it’s still available. If you find yourself having to wait for apps to reload often and you can clear space in other ways (such as removing photos, videos, or other documents you no longer need), you can disable the feature in Settings > iTunes & App Store > Offload Unused Apps.



How To Use Your Mac Sidebar

Getting to the right spot to open or save a file may have become slow and clumsy. So let’s talk about a shortcut that lets you put off that big reorg for another day: the sidebar that graces every Finder window and Open/Save dialog.


First, make sure it’s showing. In the Finder, with a Finder window active, if the View menu has a Show Sidebar command, choose it. (If it says Hide Sidebar, the sidebar is already showing.) Or, when you’re in an Open or Save dialog, click the sidebar sidebar-button  button (it’s in the dialog’s toolbar) to show and hide the sidebar.


Now, to make the best use of the sidebar, try these tips:

  • Sidebar-Finder-prefsBy default, the sidebar shows a lot of items you likely don’t use. Turn off anything that’s unnecessary to make the sidebar shorter and more useful. Choose Finder > Preferences > Sidebar to see four categories of sidebar items. Favorites are mostly folders, Shared items are networked computers and servers, Devices are hard drives and other storage devices, and Tags display recently used Finder tags. Be ruthless here and uncheck anything that you seldom use or don’t understand.
  • To make the sidebar even more manageable temporarily, hover the pointer over a category label in the sidebar and click Hide when it appears. That category’s contents disappear, making what’s still in the sidebar easier to focus on; to get them back, hover over it again and click Show.Sidebar-hide-category
  • Add your own frequently used folders to the Favorites category so you have one-click access to them in the Finder and when opening or saving files. Drag a folder from the Finder to the Favorites list to add it. The folder is still on your disk in the original location, but if you click it in the sidebar, its contents appear instantly in the Finder window. If you’re tempted to add a slew of folders to the sidebar, resist the urge. Instead, add a new folder that contains aliases to your desired folders; it’s only one more click in the Finder window’s Column view to see their contents. (To make an alias, select the folder and choose File > Make Alias; you can then move the alias to the desired location and rename it however you want.)
  • There’s no harm in adding a folder for a few days while you’re working on a project, and then removing it when you’re done. To remove a folder, Control-click it and choose Remove from Sidebar. The folder disappears from the sidebar, but stays on your disk.Sidebar-removing-folder
  • Organize your favorites so they’re in an order that makes sense to you, whether that’s alphabetical or the most important at the top. To do this, simply drag them to rearrange.
  • Once you have your sidebar set up as you want, make sure you use it! In the Finder, to open files, click a folder in the sidebar to display its contents. You can even drag files from one folder into another folder in the sidebar to move them—or Option-drag to copy them.
  • When you want to open a file in an app, choose File > Open, and in the Open dialog, click sidebar items to jump directly to those folders. The same goes when saving a new file; choose File > Save and use your sidebar to navigate to the desired location.