Why You May Run out of iCloud Storage and How to Deal with It

not enough storage icloudEvery experienced Mac owner realizes that sooner or later his Apple device will run out of space.

Most users still want to keep all their personal files in one place. At least, they do not want to miss this information. Saving personal data on a separate USB, memory card, or flash drive might be risky as one may lose such gadget. Thus, a better idea is moving everything to iCloud. iCloud is a special internet service that supports push-up technologies. It was designed to replace paid storage platforms on Macs and iOS devices.

Two main points exist regarding this feature. Some people love it while others believe iCloud Storage is one of the most useless and misunderstood options for the iPhone and other Apple devices. They say there is no point in purchasing extra storage for iCloud. It is true so far that in most cases, a user does not have to invest any money to back up the iOS device. The satisfied users share tips to overcome filled out iCloud Storage. That is the problem many newbies face. They simply do not know the reasons and how to fix the problem.

Before moving on, it is worth admitting that iCloud initially offers 5GB for free. It is possible to upgrade to 50, 200 gigabytes or 1 terabyte. The main reason why iPhone owners start buying extra storage is that iPhone will stop backing up to iCloud once space is over. Not many users understand how to reclaim free space in iCloud. Hopefully, this post will give the answers to the disturbing questions.

Why Is My iCloud Storage Getting Full So Fast?

The question is where the nasty messages like “iPhone cannot be backed up because there is not enough iCloud storage available” come from.

iCloud has several locations to save your files. Out of all possible places, Photo Library requires the greatest share of space. When the user transfers images from his/her iOS device to iCloud, they may automatically duplicate. Except for the duplicates, the problem is most of the photos from the digital or even phone camera are pretty heavy. It is Photo Library that prevents the mobile phone from backing up to iCloud. Does it mean you must give up erasing most of your images in Photo Library? A few hundred pictures are usually enough to grab all 5GB of free space.

You may, of course, use My Photo Stream to let the images stored for thirty days be gone automatically. It does not count against the storage. However, what if you decide to sacrifice some files to free up more space? They should not be the images you need. The next section explains how to fix the problem with iCloud running out of free space.

Fixing the Problem to Save Your Money

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To begin with, take the given steps:

  1. Launch Settings and iCloud.
  2. Pick Storage & Backup to find Manage Storage over there.
  3. Look at the things that are currently “eating” space and using most of it.
  4. Another option is to choose the name of target device below Backups. This way, a user will see which items require most of the space in the backup.

That is the way to check and analyze the situation. What about the specific solutions? You may wonder, but there are several useful ideas.

  1. Stop Backing Up Photo Library to iCloud Backup

In Manage Storage, there is a This iPhone feature. Tap the switch to the right of Photo Library. Confirm the action. Then, enable My Photo Stream to let all images upload to My Photo Stream. It is possible to do when heading to iCloudàPhotos in Settings. Then, tap Turn Off & Delete to have iCloud Backup size shrink to controllable size.

  1. Switch off iCloud Photo Library

You can find an option offering to switch off iCloud Photo Library in SettingsàiCloudàPhotos. My Photo Stream is still a good idea to sync the pictures between various Apple devices without requiring iCloud space. In System PreferencesàiCloudàPhotos, a user may choose to turn off iCloud Photo Library.

  1. Delete Stuff You Do Not Need

The owners of iOS 11 devices should stick to these steps:

  • Launch Files and tab Browse.
  • Pick iCloud Drive and below select the Locations option.
  • Pick the items to erase and tap the icon with the trash can.
  • Move to Locations and Recently Deleted to Select.
  • Decide on the files to remove.
  • Tap Delete.

The owners of Macs (macOS Sierra and High Sierra) should stick to these steps:

  • Move to the Apple menu to choose System Preferences. Pick iCloud.
  • Log in using personal Apple ID.
  • Switch on iCloud Drive. Ensure choosing the applications/folder for the files you wish to control in the Options pane.
  • Launch Finder and pick the iCloud Drive folder.
  • Place a file in the Trash or transfer it elsewhere.
  • Launch Trash. Right-click the items to remove.
  • Select Delete Immediately.