As one of the first smartphone providers, Apple integrated a cloud service directly into the smartphone with iCloud. This eliminates the need for manual backups and backs up the most important data in Apple’s cloud. Photos, third-party app settings, and more are there as a backup, helping to synchronize data across multiple devices. For some time now, Apple has also been allowing storage for manual data storage with iCloud Drive. There, iCloud storage is quickly full.
Apple has so far failed to raise the base storage rate by 5 GB. This is provided free of charge when you purchase a device, but unfortunately Apple does not increase it in parallel with the devices connected to the Apple ID. This also gives users with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac only 5 GB, so you have to empty iCloud storage from time to time or buy a higher storage option as a subscription. With a few tricks you can create a lot of space.
1. Turn off iCloud photo backups
One of the biggest memory eaters on any iPhone is the Photos app. With hundreds or even thousands of photos and videos, it often takes up several gigabytes of storage space. This also makes iCloud storage full. This is particularly fast when automatic backups are enabled. For this reason, you might want to disable them and back them up manually on your Mac or PC instead.
To turn off photo backup for iCloud, go to Settings and tap your Apple ID at the top. Then select iCloud > Photos. Now drag the slider next to iCloud Photos to the right so that photos won’t automatically load into iCloud and sync with other devices in the future.
In addition, you can also remove previously uploaded recordings from iCloud. To do this, return to iCloud and open Manage Storage > Photos. There you tap “Disable and delete”.
- iCloud backups for photos: Turn off iCloud Photos in Settings > (Apple ID) > iCloud > Photos
- Delete all iCloud photos: In “Settings > (Apple ID) > iCloud > Manage Storage > Photos” tap “Disable and Delete”
2. Delete app data from iCloud storage
Via iCloud, Apple also makes it easy for third-party providers to back up app data so that it’s available when it’s downloaded or synced on other devices. Often this happens unnoticed by the user and slowly fills the iCloud storage. Therefore, you should check regularly which apps use how much of the valuable memory.
To do this, open settings and call your Apple ID. Tap iCloud. Below Apple’s apps, iOS lists all apps that use iCloud. This can be changed with a tap on the sliders and thus prevents the automatic data storage in the cloud. However, to delete the data, tap Manage Storage at the top and select any app. Here you can now delete the “Delete Data”. In some cases, even individual files are displayed. Swipe from right to left to remove them one at a time.
- Turn off iCloud access for apps: In “Settings > (Apple ID) > iCloud” slider next to app drag to the left
- Delete iCloud data from apps: Select app in “Settings > (Apple ID) > iCloud > Manage Storage” app and then tap “Delete Data”
iCloud Storage: What does “Other” mean?
If you’re in Settings > (Apple ID) > iCloud > Manage Storage, you’ll see how much storage you’re already using. Apple divides this into the categories “Photos,” “Backups,” “Documents,” and “Others.” The latter causes users to frown, as this is not exactly described and can sometimes take up a lot of space. According to Apple for example, “Other” summarizes mail and messages, which may include other categories. On the Mac, on the other hand, the categories are broken down in more detail.
3. Empty iCloud storage through mail and messages
If you use iMessage and Mail, the data is backed up to iCloud and also counts against your iCloud storage. For this reason, you should regularly delete both the messages and emails to make room. You can either remove messages directly from the Messages app or view them in Settings > (Apple ID) > iCloud > Manage Storage > Messages and disable them completely for iCloud storage. in addition, iOS also shows you the “top conversations” with memory requirements. In the case of Mail, you can only delete emails in the app itself. There is no other way.
4. iCloud Drive: Delete files and disable synchronization
With the iCloud Drive feature, Apple competes with Google Drive and Dropbox, allowing users to share files and folders and sync data across platforms. This, of course, costs valuable storage space. Especially users with a Mac could quickly run out of space, as the system automatically transports folders such as the “desk” or “documents” to the cloud.
Therefore, open the Finder to manually remove data from iCloud Drive. To do this, call iCloud Drive in the sidebar and right-click a file or folder. From here you can delete your selection by clicking “Put in the Trash”. If you only want to save local storage, click “Remove Download”.
You can also prevent automatic uploading of documents and the desk. To do this, click the Apple logo in the menu bar and select “System Settings.” Then click “Apple ID” in the upper right corner (under macOS Catalina). In the sidebar, select iCloud and click Options to the right of iCloud Drive. Here you can turn off the backup of apps and the “Desk” and “Documents” folders.”
- ⅠCloud Drive Files On Mac: Open Finder > Select “iCloud Drive” in sidebar > Right click on file and “Put in the Trash”
- Stop backing up your desk using iCloud Drive: In “Apple Logo > System Settings > Apple ID > iCloud” click “Options” next to “iCloud Drive” and remove the check mark in front of “Desktop & Documents folder”.