Frustrated with the popup “not enough iCloud storage space available” and don’t want to pay extra money for more storage every month? This tip will teach you how to manage and free up more iCloud storage.
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Apple offers 5 GB of free iCloud space to everyone. But honestly that’s limited. Because iPhone/iPad backups, photos, videos, documents, iCloud email and other content all share the cake. When iCloud storage reaches or exceeds its limit, your iPhone or iPad can’t back up to iCloud; new photos and videos won’t upload to iCloud Photo Library; and you might fail to send or receive messages with your iCloud email address. Thus to manage your iCloud storage seems to brook no delay. You can increase your storage. Or follow the tip to clear iCloud storage for free.
If you have the habit of backing up iOS device to iCloud on a regular basis, backups may occupy a ton of storage. But before removing old iCloud backups, we have to remind you that please make sure you have alternatives like iTunes backup.
- To delete iCloud backup on iOS device: Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage > Delete Backup > Turn Off & Delete.
- To delete iCloud backup on Mac: System Preferences > iCloud > Manage > Backups > Delete.
- To Delete iCloud Backup on PC: Open iCloud > Storage > Backups > Delete.
If you also want to delete unnecessary old iTunes backups on computer, this page introduces 2 efficient methods to help you.
iCloud Photo Library takes up your iCloud storage to keep all of your photos and videos up to date across your devices. So to delete some photos and videos that you longer need on your iPhone/iPad/iPod can help clear more space in iCloud.
- To delete photos on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch: Open Photos app > Tap Photos > Select > Tap trash icon > Delete Photo.
- To delete photos on Mac: Open Photos app > Select photos and videos that you want to remove > Image > Delete Photos.
- To delete photos via iCloud.com: Sign into iCloud.com > Click Photos app > Select Photos > Choose the photos and videos you don’t need > Click trash icon > Delete.
There are many files stored in iCloud Drive and delete these document and data on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch may free up iCLoud storage space.
- For iOS 10.3 and later: Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Storage > Manage Storage > Documents & Data > Other Documents > Swipe left or tap Edit to delete files from the app.
- For iOS 10.2 and earlier: Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage > Tap the name of the app that’s using iCloud Drive > Swipe left or tap Edit to delete files from the app.
Usually some unnecessary apps will be backed up to iCloud, occupying your iCloud storage. Thus to disable these unnecessary backup is an option.
- Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage > Under Backup Options, turn off apps you don’t want to sync to iCloud.
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