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How to Free up iCloud Storage on iPhone

Oyetoke Tobi - Friday, October 28, 2016

Have you ever find yourself in a situation whereby you want to backup your iPhone storage or save data on your iCloud Storage and its says “Not Enough Storage? It’s a very frustrating and annoying thing for iPhone users to meet the “Not enough storage” issue when they use iCloud for further backup.

Your iPhone device won’t backup to iCloud in case there’s no more space on your iCloud storage which endangers your iPhone data. You won’t be able to upload new photos and videos into iCloud Photo Library. You also won’t be able to send or receive messages with your iCloud email address.

So you should perhaps know how to free up iCloud storage on your iPhone/iPad in order to prevent the things you’ll be facing if your iCloud storage is full. Here’s how to free up your iCloud storage

Deleting Old iCloud Backups

The basic files on your device such as documents, photos, and videos will be automatically backed up when backing up your device on your iCloud. You can either delete some useless backups or just turn off Backup for your device. Note this that iCloud will stop automatically backing up your device if you chose to delete the iCloud backup for your iOS device. You can back up your iPhone device using iTunes instead of using iCloud to backup your device.

Head to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage on your iPhone device.

Under the iCloud option, tap Manage Storage.

Then tap on the name of your device.

Then tap on Delete Backup > Turn Off & Delete.

Decreasing the Size of iCloud Photo Library

You can free up your iCloud storage by deleting photos and videos that you don’t want to store on your device all the time if you use the iCloud Photo Library. And you can always recover the deleted photos and videos from your ‘Recently Deleted album’ for 30 days.

In case you would like to remove content from the Recently Deleted album, you can tap Select, and then select the items you want to remove. Then tap on Delete. Your device will automatically remove any deleted photos and videos and so they won’t be available for recovery in your Recently Deleted album.

Decreasing the Size of Photo Library

Your Camera Roll will always be part of your iCloud backup if you don’t use iCloud Photo Library. You can check the size of the backup on your device in by heading on Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage. So in case you’re using an earlier version of iOS which is below iOS 8, head to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage. Then tap on the name of your iOS device and you will be able to see the backup size under the Photo Library.

So you can move your photos and videos to your Mac or PC and delete them on your iPhone to reduce the size of your Photo Library backup, and then back up your iOS device manually. You can turn off Photo Library in Backup with the steps stated above if you want to keep the photos and videos on your iPhone device. And make sure you always delete those unnecessary photos.

Deleting Emails in iCloud

You can also delete some useless emails messages from your iCloud email account to free up iCloud storage space. You can move some email messages from your iPhone to your Mac or PC. Also, make sure to delete spam mails and draft emails.

You can use the steps below to delete Emails from your iCloud account.

In case your iPhone is have access to iCloud email, you can easily and quickly delete mails from any mailbox and then empty the Trash to free up space.

Just swipe left across any mail to delete it.

Then open your Trash folder.

You can delete messages one by one or delete all of them at once by tapping Edit, and then tap on Delete All.



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