Apple gives everyone 5 GB of iCloud storage for free. That sounds acceptable, but if you consider that this does not apply per device, but per account, then it can happen quickly. Time to clean up!
Of course, you can choose to buy more storage. For 50 GB you pay less than a euro per month, for 200 GB almost three euros and for 2 TB around ten euros. Before you choose this, free to take a look at the options you have to clean up your iCloud storage.
1. Fewer backups
iCloud regularly makes a backup and that costs a lot of storage. You can back up the system or all individual apps. First, go to the menu to make a backup of your system. You can find this on your Mac under System Preferences /iCloud. Click on the small icon in the right corner at the bottom of the screen. Select Backups. Here you will find a list of system backups that you can delete if you no longer need them. This immediately frees up more space.
You can do the same for your mobile device in iOS by going to the Settings, clicking on your username and clicking on iCloud. Under Manage storage you will then find options for deleting a backup or for stopping future backups. In this storage menu, you will also find a list of apps that use iCloud. You can enable or disable a link with iCloud per app.
2. Delete photos
Free up storage space by deleting photos and videos? Nobody wants to believe it, but it is still necessary. Often you have enough photos and videos that are just not beautiful enough, but that you still have saved. Be critical and delete as many of these files as possible. In addition, it’s good to know that if you delete photos or videos, they still take up space in the Recently Deleted folder. So remove them there too.
You can of course also decide not to synchronize iCloud with your photos. This quickly saves a lot of space.
3. Delete old messages
Few people are aware that Whatsapp messages or text messages also take up space on your iCloud. That is because we increasingly send photos with those messages. You can delete the text messages manually in the Messages app, while on a Mac you can right click on a message or conversation and then have the option to delete it.
4. Manage your mail app
If you use iCloud for your e-mail, it can also be fast. Attachments in emails in particular ensure that your cloud storage becomes full quickly. Go to your mail app and delete the messages or folders that you no longer need. For example, you can choose to only delete the emails you send. Then you still retain messages that others have sent you.
5. Delete files from iCloud Drive
If you do not pay attention for a moment, your iCloud Drive can quickly fill up with PDFs, voice messages or old projects that you have worked on but that you no longer need. Deleting these files frees up a lot of space. In iOS, go to the Files app and then choose iCloud Drive and select the files you want to delete. If you have iCloud Drive on your Mac or PC, you can delete files much faster by selecting and deleting them with the mouse.
These tips will certainly help you free up some space on your iCloud. And if this is not enough, then you can always decide to purchase extra storage in the form of a subscription.