Six Methods to Manage iCloud Storage on iOS Devices

iPhone plays an increasingly important role when we use it as a replacement for our computer. As the basic tool to handle our daily life, we need our iPhone to be omnipotent. Photographing, video call, SNS applications, video conferencing and massive emails should be completed perfectly for us. Well, iPhone are strong enough to satisfy these demands. However, the storage is still a hard nut to crack. I believe there are thousands of guides telling how to manage your iPhone storage. Now, specially, I propose some practical methods to fix iCloud storage full problem.

And of course, you should understand how much iCloud storage is available for your iOS devices.

Tap Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage (for version iOS 8 or later); or Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage ( for earlier version of iOS 8). And now you have a clear understanding of your available iCloud storage. Then, how to fix the shortage problem?


Method 1. Upgrade your iCloud storage plan.

This is the easiest and most direct method. if 5GB for free is not nearly enough for you, just buy more! Apple offers three choices for you. 50GB, 200 GB and 1 TB cost $0.99, $2.99 and $9.99 respectively for one month.

However, I know you want the free solution. Yes, paying for iCloud storage is as a last resort. Go on with this article to take other methods.


Method 2. Manage your iCloud backups.

Plenty of apps will back up to your iCloud automatically after installation. You can choose which apps back up to iCloud and remove the existing backups of these apps out of your storage.

Follow the instruction below to manage iCloud backups.

First, Select which iOS apps to back up

Tap Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage (for version iOS 8 or later); or Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage ( for earlier version of iOS 8). And then tap your iOS device. Under Backup Options, you can turn off all the apps you wouldn't like to back them up. And you will be asked to confirm, click Turn Off & Delete to turn off backup function for those apps and remove all the data from iCloud.

Second, Delete backups and turn off Backup for your device

Still, on the Manage Storage screen, tap your iOS device. Then tap Delete Backup. And you will be asked to confirm, choose Turn Off & Delete to turn off Backup function and remove all the backups for your iOS device from iCloud. Also, if you delete a backup, the backup function of your iOS device is turned off.

Turning off the back up function of apps can save sizable iCloud storage for you.


Method 3, Decrease the size of iCloud Photo Library.

iCloud Photo Library keeps all of your photos and videos to your iCloud storage. If you use iCloud Photo Library, you can free up your iOS device’s storage by deleting photos and videos that you don’t want store on your device all the time.

To manage iCloud space by deleting photos and videos from your iCloud Photo Library. See the steps below.

Open your Photos app, tap Photos at the left bottom of your screen. And tap Select on the right upper corner, choose one or more photos to delete. Then click the icon of Dustbin, and confirm deletion by tapping Delete Photo.


Method 4, Reduce the size of Photo Library.

Camera Roll will be part of iCloud backup if you don't use iCloud Photo Library. Want to check the size of your backup? On your Manage Storage screen, tap your iOS device. And the backup size is under Photo Library.

You can export your photos and videos to your PC to reduce the size of your Photo Library backup, then back up your iOS device manually. If you want to keep the photos and videos on your iOS device, just turn off Photo Library in Backup with the steps mentioned. And just delete those unnecessary photos for you.


Method 5, Manage your iCloud Drive.

The files stored in iCloud Drive might take up quite a few storage of your iCloud space. with following steps to manage iCloud files and save more iCloud space.

The same as above, On your Manage Storage screen, tap iCloud Drive. Tap the apps using iCloud Drive. Then the files in that app will appear. You can remove these files by swiping them left.


Method 6, Manage the emails in your iCloud.

Emails piling up in your iCloud email account could be space-consuming, especially those emails with large attachments. You can free up iCloud storage space by deleting them. Use the steps below to perform emails’ deletion.

If your iOS device is configured to access iCloud email, you can delete email messages from any of your mailboxes by swiping them left. Then tap your Trash folder to delete them completely.

Note: if your emails are important for you, you can also transfer email messages to your computer so that they won’t occupy your iCloud storage.

With these 5 free methods to manage iCloud storage, the problem of iCloud storage full won’t bother you any more. However, if you already make use of all the free methods but the 5GB storage are still tight to fit all the things your need, well, I guess Apple is willing to let you pay for more iCloud space.

And if you know some better methods to manage iCloud storage, please leave a comment under this article and we will appreciate your suggestions.

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