How to Deal With the Full iCloud Storage
What to do, if you get pop-ups with the message that your iCloud is already full? Should you buy more free space? Or maybe it's better to clear it? I'm going to tell you how it's done. Of course, you can buy extra storage from Apple, but it's not obligatory.
Don't hesitate, if you've seen such pop-up messages, as your iPad an iPhone backups won't be saved there, if there is a lack of free space. So, check my guide and be sure that all your files will be saved!
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At first, check your iCloud status and look at how much free space is there. Go to 'Settings', and then visit 'iCloud' while using iPhone or iPad.
The option called 'Storage' is practically at the top of the menu, you can see that on my screenshot. The screen that opens after you tap 'Storage' shows you the total amount of used and free iCloud space.
For example, my iCloud has 6.1 Gb free space from the total 50 Gb plan.
Of course, this information is helpful, but it doesn't give us any details. Tap 'Manage storage' to see how much space is being used. The new window will tell you what applications and what content are there in your storage and how much space do they take.
'Photos' and 'Backups' are usually the largest sections, so don't be surprised to see them at the top. Of course, you can turn off your Photo library in iCloud. It is an Apple service that synchronizes your pictures across all Apple devices you have. But this measure is too drastic, as it seems to me. Anyway, if you decide doing that, read what Apple's support recommends to do. You should make sure that you have all original files in 30 days.
The next thing to pay attention to is backups for the devices you used to own, but you don't any longer. Choose the necessary backup in 'Manage storage' and the option called 'Delete backup' appears at the screen bottom. Note that current devices' backups can be removed to, so do that carefully and always check twice whether you've chosen a really old backup.
There is also an option of turning off the backups for applications data that is not needed on your current devices. You can see this section on my picture above. I recommend this option for those Apple users who have free iCloud storage of just 5Gb. But the better option is getting a paid version, as it is cheap. Its cost is just $0.99 per one monthly. I think it's a nice opportunity to save your time, files and nerves.
Anyway, you should obligatory check whether your Apple devices are keeping creating backups. And if you haven't find files you can delete from your storage, better upgrade to get more free space in order not to leave without important backups.
There is a few ways to upgrade your tariff plan. One of them is easy and handy. Go to 'Settings', choose 'iCloud' and proceed to 'Storage'. You'll find a 'Change storage plan' there. Tap it and the pricing options will appear.
Choose how much free iCloud space you need and proceed the payment process. So, your backups won't fail from now! If you're using a free plan, I advise ordering the 50Gb one, try it and I can bet that you won't change it to the free plan again. :)
In case you are not going to pay money for extra iCloud storage, you can divide the backups between various services. Check Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox. All of them are able to upload and backup pictures from iPhone and iPad automatically. I am talking about pictures and photos now, as they are the most weighty, as I stated above. So, you can use something as OneDrive to keep your picture there, getting more free space for your system data and applications.
Surely, this solution is not very elegant compared to a single place for storing files, but it can save you money. So, this depends on your monthly budget and the wish to use different cloud storage services.
In fact, it's no matter what option you choose, the main point is that you should always remember about your iPhone or iPad backups that are necessary for your devices' life.
I am trying to save money as well, but free space for backups it what I really need to pay for. I recommend you doing that too.
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