To back up all the data like images, videos, app info, system settings, and more, Apple uses the iCloud platform. The entire process is programmed to enable keeping your data in-sync across Apple devices. Because iCloud only provides 5 GB of icloud storage free space, however, most users will be filling it up pretty quickly.
With Apple releasing iCloud Folder Sharing, the insufficient storage space on iCloud is expected to be a much bigger problem for most users now. This implies that now you can use iCloud Drive as a true substitute to Dropbox, and use it to transfer and sync files.
What are the ways to get your iCloud storage free?
Check the Availability in iCloud:
Just check the storage available and used it on iCloud. You can check this by two methods.
- Go to iPhone settings, and navigate to Profile and then iCloud, and see the detailed overview of iCloud storage with space used and accessible.
- Go to the iCloud folder and open the iPhone Files program. Scroll down to the bottom and view iCloud storage accessible.
If the storage is almost full then free up some space. There are some ways given below to make icloud storage free.
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Delete all the backups of old devices
Backups work for all the Apple devices you have. Your iCloud account may have old iPhone or iPad backups that you owned earlier. You have to find the invalid device backups and delete them from the Settings menu on your iPhone.
Go to Settings for iPhone > Account > iCloud > Data > Backups. A list of all the apple devices that you own will be displayed here and also the storage space that they have occupied on the iPhone website. To delete the backup click on the unnecessary iPhone or iPad backup.
Switch off, and delete backup pictures
Apple uploads all the photos to iCloud from the Photos application. All your events pictures will easily occupy 5 GB iCloud storage. Do think about turning the Settings option off.
Go to your iPhone Settings window, click on the user profile and connect to iCloud. Using the iCloud website you’ll see a list of iCloud storage with a list of applications. Go to Pictures, and turn off the option for iCloud images. Now, it is not going to upload any new picture into the iCloud. Yet what about images and videos which have already been uploaded?
Open the iPhone Settings to delete all the pictures. Go to Profile-> iCloud-> Manage storage. Here, you’ll see how much space the pictures have taken in the cloud. Open the Photos menu, you will see an option Disable & Delete, click that.
Options to Save iCloud Images
Since you have the iCloud Images backup option disabled, it’s still best to have them backed up at a safe location. With Mac or Windows laptop, you can move images from the iPhone to a different hard drive for an offline backup.
For backing up images on other cloud providers, you can choose for the Google Photos app, which provides excellent-quality, limitless photo backup. Download from the App Store the Google Photos app, log in by using Google passwords. Tap the hamburger button, go to Settings > Backup & Sync and turn on Google Photos Backup & Sync.
If you are a subscriber to Office 365, then you have OneDrive as the safest option and the best part is that it comes with 1 TB of OneDrive space. Download the OneDrive application from the App Store, and use Microsoft account to sign in. Go to the Settings of the OneDrive application-> Camera upload and enable backup function.
Delete iCloud App Data and get icloud storage free
The majority of the big iOS applications use iCloud to store and backup data from phones. In this context, they quietly eat up a good portion of iCloud storage. You should delete extra data of the applications that are unnecessary.
Go to the Settings app for the iPhone and go to user profile > iCloud > Data Management. The list of apps with the percentage of space utilized in the iCloud will be displayed. Tap on the apps that are not necessary and remove their data.
For enabled applications, you can go to the iCloud menu and turn off iCloud backup individually. You shouldn’t turn off the iCloud backup for the main iOS app. They are important for restoring the new iPhone’s records. They’re hardly taking up room on the iCloud, so keep them as they are.
Remove Folders on iCloud Drive
You may have built folders over time, and saved files and documents in iCloud. The unused items should be discarded or transferred to another place.
Click iPhone Settings, go to User Profile-> iCloud-> Manage Storage-> iCloud Drive. In the iCloud application, the menu will show the folder list. Tap the Delete Download & Data or go to individual folders to delete the content.
Remove iCloud Folder and Mac Data
iCloud is also closely linked with the macOS. A new Finder window on your Mac will give you an iCloud site. Using the right-click menu you can go to the site, find unused files and folders and put them in the garbage.
Messages and Mail at iCloud
All emails you send or receive using iCloud will rely on free storage space in your 5 GB. Both of your iMessage messages are now saved on iCloud and count against the 5 GB limit of space they fill. To free up storage space on iCloud, you can simply remove all your emails with attachments, or clear the spam tab. Likewise, your unnecessary iMessage conversations can be removed to make more space.
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