Do you want to free up iCloud storage? Yes, this is a viable option for creating more space. But before you do that, what should you consider? Perhaps the old documents, photos or videos that you want to delete still have great value to you. And you would like to retain them. Before you delete anything, make sure you find an alternative archive or make copies of the items that were in your iCloud. With this done, you can go ahead and void your storage of what you do not need.
Part 1: How to Empty iCloud Backups
Many apps tend to back in your iCloud automatically and may be the ones consuming more space. If you decide to free up iCloud storage by deleting the apps that you do not need in the storage, then this is the way to go.
If you are having an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 10.3 or later:
- Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.
- If you use iOS 11, tap Manage Storage > Backup. If you use iOS 10.3, tap iCloud Storage > Manage Storage.
- Tap the name of the device you are using [i.e. (Device-name) This (device type)].
- Tap Delete Backup > Turn Off & Delete.
Here is an alternative way – use iMyFone TunesMate to backup iDevice instead of iCloud to help save your storage.
iMyFone TunesMate is a brilliant third-party alternative for iTunes. It is for Mac and Windows users with iPhones, iPads and iPods. It allows you to transfer and backup photos, music, videos and different types of files from your iPhone to your computer/Mac.
Main features of iMyFone TunesMate:
You can backup your iPhone by the following simple steps:
- Open TunesMate on your computer and connect your iPhone to it using a USB cable.
- Click on “Transfer iDevice Media to iTunes".
- Then select the media files you want to backup, and click "start".
Your backup process is completed now.
Part 2: How to Empty iCloud Photos
If you are having photos that you want to free up iCloud storage, you can either delete the photos or optimize the device storage in the settings such that the original photos are resized by the device to save on space. Here is how to go about deletions for iPhone, iPad or iPod:
To resize the photo library:
This function will automatically resize your photos to device-sized versions and free up space of your iDevice.
An easier way to delete and resize photos with iMyFone Umate Pro:
iMyFone Umate Pro is a software to help you save space and speed up iDevces. It can totally delete all private data from your device and also erase residual fragments that may lodge in third-party apps such as WhatsApp. What if you worry that you might end up deleting what you do not need? Umate Pro has got you covered. It allows you to preview all the files and ensure that they are the right ones before you delete them.
With these features that it offers, you cannot go wrong in emptying your storage.
- Umate Pro gives you the ability to free up space by cleaning up junk files, erasing temporary files, removing unused apps and compressing your photos without losing any data.
- It helps to speed up your iPhone or iPad with just one click.
- It supports the function of total data deletion whereby all data and everything stored in the device is completely erased without a trace.
- If you had previously deleted some items in your device, some fragments always remain. Umate Pro absolutely gets rid of them to make no trace recoverable.
So how to use Umate Pro to empty iCloud and resize photos?
- Simply connect your iDevice to your PC, and launch Umate Pro.
- Choose “Photos” on the home interface and it will start to scan you Device.
- Click “Backup & Compress”, it will downsize photos to free up your iDevice and backup full resolutions photos to PC. You can also select “Export & Delete” to transfer all the photos from iDevice to PC to free up iCloud storage.
Part 3: How to Empty iCloud Documents and Data
- Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage.
- Select the app you want to delete and tap Delete All.
- Go to the Files app.
- Tap Select.
- Choose the files that you want to delete.
- Tap Delete > Delete from iCloud Drive.
- Sign in to iCloud.com.
- Click the iCloud Drive app.
- Select the files that you want to delete, then click the trash can to delete.
On your iPhone/iPad/iPod
Use iCloud drive