How To Free Up iCloud Storage Space

How To Free Up iCloud Storage Space

Apple iCloud storage automatically backs up your data which includes your files, photos, audios, and videos. After sign-up, Apple gives each an every iCloud user a whopping 5GB of storage. The iCloud space is just for one account, not for just one device. It's very difficult to manage the space, especially when you have to share it among two devices. Sharing of your iCloud account among two or more devices makes it easy for the storage to get filled up, so you have to think of freeing up your iCloud storage.

Moreover, you might think of buying more storage from Apple if you think the 5GB won't be enough for you, but we recommend you still clear up your storage before opting for paid-for plan storage. Sometimes, iCloud backup unimportant things you don't actually need, clearing up your storage literary save you money. The tips below would guide you on how to free up your iCloud storage :

Reduce Your Photo Library

Lots of iPhone users keep a bunch of not-good-enough photos which literally consume space. If you delete those photos you would be surprised about the amount of storage space that's just got freed up. We recommend you go through your photo library to delete non-important photos more often. Doing this is really important especially when you do the same to your non-important videos. iOS device normally transfers those deleted photos and videos to 'Deleted Album' where it still consumes space, in order to delete them, go to the album and select all, then tap on delete. iOS users that don't make use of iCloud photo, their Camera Roll automatically back up. In order to disable this, follow the steps below:

(For iOS devices)
Step 1: Go to Settings> Username > iCloud > Storage
Step 2: Select the device, and delete the backup.

In order to stop apps from backing up their data on iCloud, follow these steps below:

Step 1: Go to iCloud > Settings > Storage
Step 2: You'll see list of the application using iCloud
Step 3: In order to turn them off, tap on the App, then turn iCloud off (Green color - On, Grey color - Off)

Manage Mail App 

Sometimes, iOS users use iCloud for their mailing apps. Mail messages do take a bunch of space due to large file attachment. To get rid of this, you have to delete those sent mail folders. To delete those emails follow these steps above:

(On Desktop)
Step 1: Go to your Sent Mail folder.
Step 2: Tap on View > Sort By> Attachment
Step 3: Select individual messages and delete those with a large attachment. If you wish to delete all,  you can select all and delete them with attachment. Sometimes, you may wish to delete a particular mail, you can use the search bar to find the mail when deleting them.

Delete iCloud Drive Files

Backing up non-important files could easily lead to your iCloud Drive getting full easily. Sometimes, we leave non-important videos, voice note, PDFs, not-so-good photos, etc. Getting rid of those bunk of trash could really free up lots of space from your iCloud drive. To delete files from your iCloud Drive follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open your file App
Step 2: Find iCloud Drive and open
Step 3: Select the files you want to delete, and delete them

If you use the earlier version of iOS you could do this using the iCloud Drive app.

Delete Old Messages 

Sometimes, we get a bunch of messages which includes SMS, MMS as well as  Picture Messages. We actually don't have any idea how many gigabytes they consume but they really occupy a huge amount of space in your iCloud Drive.  Deleting messages may vary due to the type of iOS device you make use of.

On Mac - Look for the message you want to delete right click on it and flick delete.

On iPhone - Look for the message you want to delete, press and hold, then select more from the pop-up and tap on delete. You can do it in a much easier way by swiping the message from right to left.

Doing this will make you get rid of annoying messages, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter verification code SMS, and other bank messages.

Don't Backup Lots Of File

Due to automatic backup, iCloud Drive gets filled up easily. Back up are divided into two ways, it includes System Backup & Individual App Backup

System backup is a typical backup which involves the backing up of system data and files.

Individual app backup is a type of backup that involves third-party apps backup.

In order to stop automatic backup on iCloud Drive, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Setting> iCloud
Step 2: Tap Storage & Backup
Step 4: Tap iCloud Backup and toggle it off.

Conclusion: In this article, we talked about the various tips to manage our iCloud Drive Space. These tips include -  Deleting Old Message, Disabling Auto Backup, Deleting iCloud Drive, etc. We'll like to have feedback(s) from you through the comment section!

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