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Lawyers love their iOS devices - even more than the general public if market statistics are believed. But one problem with the iPhone and iPad is onboard storage. It isn't expandable. What do you do if you bought a 16GB iPhone or iPad and soon learn that you need more storage space?

The consequences of running out of storage space on your iOS device are pretty severe. You won’t be able to install new apps, take photos, sync media files, install operating system updates, or do anything else that requires space - until your resolve the problem.

The expensive way to resolve this problem is to sell your low capacity iOS device on Ebay or Craig's List (or give it to a friend or family member) and buy a new iOS device with more storage. That approach might make sense if your iOS device is more than two generations old. If you have an iPad 2 or iPad with Retina Display (aka iPad 3), or an iPhone 4 or 4s, buying new might be your best option.

But before you dump your old device, there are some things you can try. The always useful How-To Geek blog suggests:

1. Free Up Space Used by Apps and Media Files.

2. Move Your Photos to the Cloud (or Your Computer).

3. Install System Software Updates Without Free Space.

After this post was completed, I was contacted by Jessica Carrell of AnySoftwareTools, She offered her own set of tips to free up space on a full iPhone or iPad. They look very promising. Read them here. Thanks, Jessica.

If these steps solve your problem, congratulations. You just saved hundreds of dollars. If not, consider it a lesson learned that when you buy an iOS device or cetain laptops with non-expandable storage, buy more than you think you will need. You will eventually need it.

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