Once you have started using iCloud you probably have stopped using flash drives to store your most important data. That is because the cloud initially was offering you a vast amount of storage space that was highly secured and safe to use. But, things have changed ever since, and even though the security is as good as ever, the amount of storage space is no longer unlimited.
Currently all Apple users get only 5GB storage space in the cloud for free. And not to mention that in this all the messages, app data, contacts and images are included.
Tips that will help you manage your iCloud Storage space
In case you are running low on storage space in the cloud, you will be sent a notification that asks you to upgrade your Unlock iCloud Lock account to premium (paid). If you are already in situation like this, perhaps it is time to do something about it.
To better manage your iCloud storage space make sure that you follow these short instructions:
- On your iOS device open Settings and navigate to iCloud – Manage
- Here you will see a list of data and files that are occupying space. Select the option to view more details so you can see which ones are the largest and delete those which you do not need
Learn how to free up space in iCloud on MAC computer
If you are using MAC computer then you should know that you can easily manage your iCloud storage space from it. Just make sure that you follow these instructions:
- Open the Apple menu and go to System Preferences (you can access this from Spotlight search as well)
- Open iCloud and go to Manage
- There should be several different sections shown in the sidebar. In addition, there should also be a chart that indicates how much space each section takes.
- If you see a file that you do not use, click on it to select it and then delete it by pressing the “delete” button that is located on the bottom bar.
Save iCloud Space by disabling Photos and turning off Device Backups
After you have cleared off all the files that you do not use, you also need to consider deleting or at least sorting files that unnecessarily fill up your storage space. For instance, you can remove some of the previous backup contents as well as some of your photos.
Note that Backing up your device is always recommended and it is required that you do this on regular basis, but instead of keeping the backup data stored in the cloud you can transfer it to your computer. In this way you can save a lot of storage space, and the backup data will still be safely stored in easily accessible place. Later, when you need to do restore you can easily do the process using iTunes.
If you want to free up even more space you can opt to disable automatic backups by going to Settings – iCloud – Backups.
Regarding your photos, knowing that most of us take plenty of pictures on daily basis, then it is no wonder that the cloud is quickly running out of storage space. You should really consider storing your photos somewhere else because the users are not allowed to store their pictures in iCloud for free.