How to Free Up iCloud Storage Space on iPhone and Mac, Here are 8 Ways

Xiaobai Software  2022-01-25 13: 06  read 411 views

iCloud is Apple's online service that syncs your data wirelessly across various Apple devices and networks.It also provides storage options for your photos, videos, files, device backups, third-party app data, and more.

You can get 5 GB free when you initially create your Apple IDiCloudspace.For most people, that's not enough, and because of Apple's practices (like enabling iCloud Photos by default in iCloud Drive,MacDesktop and Documents folders), you'll find your iCloud space fills up within a few weeks.

If your iCloud storage is full, you can choose to pay to upgrade iCloudstorage.But for those who don't want to pay, you can choose to free up iCloud space to continue syncing and storing new content.Next, let's take a look at:

How to Delete iCloud Storage and Free Online Space

1. Turn off iCloud Photos

iCloud storageThe number one reason for the insufficiency may be too many photos, and you can choose to delete photos that you don't necessarily want to keep.

when you setiPhone, iPad orMac, it automatically enables iCloud Photos.Ordinary users probably don't know about this and don't know how to turn it are usingiPhoneThe camera takes pictures, all of which are backed up and fill up iCloud storage space in no time.

To turn off automatic photo storage in iCloud, follow these steps:

On iPhone or iPad:

1. Open Settings and tap Photos.

2. Turn off iCloud Photos.

On Mac:

1. Click the Apple icon and select System Preferences.

2. Tap on Apple ID.

3. In the iCloud section, uncheck Photos.

Since your photos are no longer automatically backed up to iCloud, make sure you save important photos using a tool like Google Drive, or keep them on your computer.

2. Delete files from iCloud Drive

On iPhone or iPad:

1. Open the Files application and tap Browse.

2. Tap iCloud Drive.

3. Tap the more icon (three dots inside a circle) > Select > select unnecessary files and folders > tap the trash icon to delete them.

4. Go back and click "Recently Deleted".From here, click the More icon > Select > Remove All.

On Mac:


1. Open any Finder folder.

2. Click on iCloud Drive in the sidebar and delete files from there.

3. Empty your Mac's trash when done.

3. Set Safari downloads to local storage

1. Open your iPhone or iPad settings and tap Safari.

2. Click Download.

3 Select My iPhone instead of iCloud Drive.

4. Manage device iCloud backups

Backups also take up a lot of iCloud space, but you can try to manage them:

1. Turn off iCloud backup: You need to think carefully before turning it off, because backing up your data is crucial.However, if you decide to turn it off, make sure to back up your iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC or an external drive.

2. Only select the necessary apps to backup to iCloud: You can make selective backups on your iPhone, such as only backing up the data of important apps and ignoring unnecessary apps, such as Facebook, Instagram, etc.

3. Delete old device backups: There's no point in keeping backup files of devices you no longer own, use, or care about.

5. Delete unwanted attachments from iCloud Mail

Do your iCloud emails contain old receipts, PDFs, presentations, and emails you no longer need?Open the Mail app and delete such emails.If the email has a paperclip icon, it means there is an attachment.Delete such emails.Regular plain text emails are small in size, and deleting them won't free up much iCloud space.

Open the Mail app and delete emails you no longer need, keeping an eye out for attachments.Such emails take up a lot of space.While regular plain text emails are small, deleting them doesn't free up much iCloud space.

6. Block third-party apps from backing up to iCloud

Several apps like WhatsApp, photo editing, notes, etc. also store their data or backup files in iCloud.This can provide you with some convenience.However, if you no longer use certain apps, you can delete their data from iCloud:

On iPhone or iPad:

1. Open Settings and tap your name from the top.

2. Tap iCloud > Manage Storage.

3. Tap the application name > Delete Data > Delete.

On Mac:

1. Click on the Apple icon and go to System Preferences.

2. Tap Apple ID.

3. In the iCloud section, click Manage from the bottom right.

4. Select a service from the left sidebar to delete its files.

You can also prevent unnecessary apps from storing data to iCloud drive from the previous screen (Settings > Your Name > iCloud > Scroll to the bottom to view XNUMXrd party apps and turn them off)

7. Delete notes, messages, iMovie projects, etc.

After you see which apps and services are taking up the most space, you can close them or delete unwanted files from them.If you have several unnecessary notes in media, message conversations, or IMOVIE projects, consider deleting them to free up iCloud space.Another solution is to add your google or other account and store the files there.

8. Disable Desktop and Documents on Mac

Just like iCloud Photos, when you set up a new or wiped Mac and enable iCloud Drive, the Desktop and Documents folders are selected by default.This means that all of your files on your Mac's desktop and in the Documents folder will be uploaded to iCloud Drive for safe keeping.If your iCloud storage is only 5GB, that means it will fill up in no time:

1. Go to System Preferences, then click Apple ID.

2. In the iCloud section, click Options next to iCloud Drive.

3. Uncheck the Desktop and Documents folders.


After going through the above suggestions, I believe you should have freed up a lot of iCloud space, currently, there is no free way to get moreiCloud storage, you can upgrade for a fee, and with a personal plan, you can use up to 2 TB.With Apple One and Home Sharing, you can get up to 4 TB.However, with temporary iCloud backup available in iOS 15 and later, even if you don't have iCloud storage, you can back up your iPhone completely for free!But this is just a temporary backup to allow you to update your iPhone OS.


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