How to Check the Size of iPhone Apps

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The iPhone and iPod touch offer a lot of space to store your music, movies, photos, and apps, but storage isn't unlimited. When you pack your device full of the stuff that makes it so useful and fun, you can run out of space fast. This is especially true if you have an iPhone with just 16GB of storage. After the operating system and built-in apps, those models only have a few gigabytes for you to use.

If you're looking for ways to free up storage space on your device, you may want to know the size of each of your apps. When you need to squeeze a little more storage out of your device, knowing the size of each iPhone app helps you decide which app to delete.

There are two ways to find out how much storage space an app uses: one on the iPhone itself, the other in iTunes.

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Find iPhone App Size on the iPhone or iPod touch

This is the method I recommend starting with. It's more accurate because the true size of an app isn't just the for the app itself. Apps also have preferences, saved files, and other data. This means that an app that is 10MB when you download it from the App Store can become many times larger after you start using it. You can only tell how much space those extra files will need on your device. 

To find out exactly how much storage space an app requires on your iPhone:

  1. Tap the Settings app
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Storage & iCloud Usage
  4. In the Storage section, tap Manage Storage
  5. At the top of the screen, there's an overview of the storage used and available on your device. Beneath it, a progress wheel spins for a moment. Wait for it. When it's done, you'll see a list of all your apps, starting with the ones that use the most data 
  1. This list shows the total space used by the app—all the storage used by the app and its associated files. To get a more detailed breakdown, tap the name of an app you're interested in
  2. On this screen, the App Size is listed at the top of the screen, near the app icon. This is the amount of space the app takes up. Beneath that is Documents & Data, which is the space used by all the saved files created when you use the app
  3. If this is an app from the App Store (as opposed one built into the OS), you can tap Delete App here to delete the app and all its data. You can always redownload apps from your iCloud account, but you may lose your saved data, so make sure you're certain you want to do this.

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Find iPhone App Size in iTunes

This method isn't as accurate. It only tells you the size of the app itself, not all of its related files. That said, you can use iTunes to get an iPhone app's size by doing this:

  1. Launch iTunes
  2. Select the Apps menu in the top left corner, under the playback controls
  3. You'll see a list of all the apps you've downloaded from the App Store or otherwise installed
  4. There are three ways to find out how much disk space each app uses:

    1. Right click on the app and choose Get Info from the pop-up menu
    2. Left click the app icon once then press the keys Command+I on Mac or Control+I on Windows
    3. Left click the app icon once and then go to the File menu and choose Get Info.
  1. When you do this, a window pop ups showing you information about the app. Click the File tab and look for the Size field to see how much space that app requires.

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