It is a common phenomenon with devices that stores document, files and other details in large capacities. For an Apple product like iPhone, it is often a scenario where iCloud says not enough storage, but there is; this leaves the user frustrated and confused, almost deleting and restoring to factory settings in order to fix the issue. The problem isn’t always so difficult and would be treated below.

Part 1. Why iCloud Says Not Enough Storage, But There Is

If you encounter the prompt that says Not Enough Storage when you want to backup your data, it may be the problem with iCloud server or the exceeded current device stroage.

Reason 1 If iCloud says not enough storage but there is, you can check with your Apple server and get to know about any problem. Your iCloud storage information will not be updated in time or updated correctly, if iCloud server is under maintenance or there is a problem with it.

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Reason 2 Another reason behind this problem where iCloud says not enough storage space may just be the amount of current device storage exceeds what iCloud can back up. When this now happens, there are 2 things you can do just with few clicks on your device without the help of a phone repair. It is either you:

  • Clean your iPhone storage completely
  • Upgrade your iCloud plan to accommodate more files and documents

Part 2. Solve iCloud’s Not Enough Storage Problems

As recommended, the two ways above are the only ways to solve problems with iCloud storage malfunction.

A. Reduce iPhone Storage

If the current amount of device storage caused this problem, then it is high time you did a free clean up and reduce the data storage. Deleting all the files one by one may not solve the problems as not files are completely deleted on devices. Therefore, the introduction of iMyFone Umate Pro for Windows or iMyFone Umate Pro for Mac iPhone data eraser makes them unrecoverable and reduces storage space.

With iMyFone Umate Pro, it is free to clean junks and template files; it also compresses lossless photos, detects and deletes large files on your iPhone, which will be helpful with the iCloud’s not enough storage problems.

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Features of iMyFone Umate Pro include:

  • Clear up junk & temporary files for free - clean up hidden garbage and corrupted files that are still lurking on your iPhone making your iPhone run fast, just like when it was brand new.
  • Manage large media files - help you compress photos lossless or backup and delete the photos, delete large files and remove unused apps in bulk.
  • Erase private data – erase your personal data that you don’t need to clean up for more space and protect your privacy at the same time.

Here's how:

Step 1: Run iMyFone Umate Pro on your PC or Mac. Using a cable, connect the iOS device to the computer.

Step 2: Scan the iOS device. To start the scan, tap Quick Scan. iMyFone Umate Pro will determine the amount of space you can save by clearing temporary files, cleaning the junk files, removing apps, deleting large files, and compressing photos.

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Step 3: Tap the Clean button to release space for each specific category. To ensure that the program operates properly, keep the device connected to the computer. Also, avoid using the device until the process is finished.

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To ensure that the program operates properly, keep the device connected to the computer. Also, avoid using the device until the process is finished.

B. Upgrade iCloud Storage Plan

Another way to fix this issue is by upgrading your iCloud storage plan so the iCloud can back up more documents and files on the device. For an iPhone user, you can upgrade your storage plan following the steps below:

Step 1: Go to Settings and tap iCloud Storage.

Step 2: Click on Buy More Storage or Change Storage Plan.

Step 3: Select a Plan you want.

Step 4: Buy the selected plan by following online instructors for payment.

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Tips: Using iTunes to Backup instead of iCloud Storage

Also, if iCloud says not enough storage but there is, or iCloud backup says you don’t have enough to complete a backup, you can also use iTunes to backup.

Step 1: Connect your device to your computer.

Step 2: Open iTunes.

Step 3: Click on the Device icon next to the category dropdown menu on the left side of the iTunes window.

Step 4: Select Summary from the sidebar.

Step 5: Select Back Up Now under Manually Back Up and Restore.

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In conclusion, most times we think we face major problems with our devices like iCloud says not enough storage but there is and then seek help with phone repairs. These problems are very simple to solve which only requires few clicks, and the device is fine. If you are certain you have enough storage space on your iPhone and it says otherwise, just get iMyFone Umate Pro to fix the problem by reducing data storage or better still, upgrade your iCloud backup plan.