How to Manage iCloud Storage on iPhone and iPad

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Cedric Grantham Updated on Jun 25, 2019 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

Each Apple users can get 5GB iCloud storage for free at the beginning you set up iCloud. You can use iCloud to back up your photos, videos, apps, calendars, notes, contacts and much more others file. However, when you run out of your iCloud limit, you need manage your iCloud storage or buy more space starting at 50GB for $ 0.99 (USD) a month. If you don't have purchase plan, check this article to see how to free up iCloud storage on iPhone and iPad. What's more, freeing up your iCloud storage is one tip for making iPhone faster, don't miss it.

How to check iCloud usage

Before you make a plan to free up iCloud storage space, you need to know how much iCloud storage you have.

1. For users with iOS 10.3 and later: go to Settings > tap Apple ID at the top > iCloud > iCloud Storage.

2. For users with iOS 10.2 or earlier: go to Settings > iCloud > Storage.

How to manage and free up iCloud storage

To free up iCloud storage to make more available space, you can start with a few methods in below.

Free up storage by transferring iPhone/iPad contents to PC

We are accustomed to keeping all the files on iPhone until running out of the space as time goes by. When it's necessary to transfer some data from iPhone to the computer for freeing up space, how to accomplish it in a fairly simple way? Here, we strongly recommend EaseUS MobiMover Free to manage iPhone storage by transferring iPhone data to PC with one-click. More than ten kinds of iPhone content are supported, which are notes, messages, calendars, voice mails, books, Safari bookmarks & history, photos,  and audios. 

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC with a USB cable. Tap Trust on your iOS device screen to continue. Open EaseUS MobiMover Free for Windows, and select the iDevice to PC on the 1-Click Transfer screen.

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Step 2: MobiMover enables you to export all the iOS data to your PC at one time, including photos, videos, movies, music, playlist, ringtone, books, contacts, messages, notes, voice memos, and more. It's unnecessary for you to choose them one by one as MobiMover will do it for you automatically.

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Step 3: Once you have chosen the data to be exported, you can go to set the storage path for these files on your PC. You can save them to any disk on your computer, as well as the external hard drive. If you don't customize it by yourself, MobiMover will send the content to a desktop folder. And you can find it easily.  

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Step 4: Now, click Transfer to migrate the files on your iPhone/iPad to your PC in an accessible way. You can view, edit, keep, or delete the content as you like.

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Free up storage by manually setting the apps to back up

If you turn on the iCloud automatically backup options on iPhone or iPad, the most important information, like photos, videos, notes will be backed up automatically. There may be some files you don't want to back up that takes much iCloud storage. Use steps below to manually to set the applications to back up to save the iCloud space.

1. Go to Settings > tap your Apple ID > iCloud > iCloud Storage > Manage Storage.

2. Tap your iPhone device, then you will see a list of backup apps.

3. Slide to turn off the apps you don't want to backup.

4. Confirm to Turn Off & Delete the apps. If you set the apps won't back up, there all information and backup data will be removed from iCloud.

Free up iCloud storage by deleting backups

Directly deleting the backup can be an effective solution to free up iCloud storage space.

1. Go to Settings > tap your Apple ID > iCloud > iCloud Storage > Manage Storage.

2. Tap your iPhone device, scroll down till you see Delete Backup.

3. Tap Delete Backup and tap Turn Off & Delete. Then you will turn off backup and delete all backup data for your iPhone from iCloud.

Free up iCloud storage by reducing iCloud Photo Library size

iCloud Photo Library takes much iCloud space to store all of your photos and photo videos, you can free up iCloud storage by reducing iCloud Photo Library.

1. Go to your Photos app on iPhone, view and check the photos and videos that you don't need any longer.

2. Tap Select to choose those unwanted photos and videos, tap Delete.

When you delete photos and videos from Photos app, the iCloud Photo Library size will automatically reduce.

Besides, you can also free up iCloud storage by turning on Optimize iPhone Storage via: go to Settings > tap Photos and Camera > turn on Optimize iPhone Storage which means when your iPhone is low on iCloud space, full-resolution photos and videos are automatically replaced with the optimized version.