Ever since Apple has introduced iCloud service to iPhone, people have started noticing issues related to the storage backup on their devices.
Many time the device displays an error saying it can’t backup more files to the Apple’s iCloud server due to lack of space. And it leads to the inconsistent backups of your files.
So, how do you fix this iCloud storage issue on iPhone?
Well, there are two easy ways through which you can tackle the issue.
- Upgrade iCloud service to higher plan and buy more space from Apple.
- Clear iCloud storage to release extra backup space.
If you’re not willing to shell out some bucks for the much-needed upgrade, you should go for the second option.
Try to clean as much space as possible, which will allow you to keep backing up for the next few days or months depending on the size of data files.
How to clear iCloud Storage on iPhone
If you don’t know the process of deleting iCloud space, you may take a look at the following available options –
1. Manage Photos & Videos
Since iCloud keeps the backup of Photos and Videos, you should remove old/unwanted files from the device. If you don’t get rid of them, your storage space capacity will continue to go down with the addition of newly clicked photos as well as videos.
Apple also recommends you to manage these files on the device –
To delete these files, you will have to go to the Photos app. There is no other convenient option in the Settings app that can help you clear iCloud space.
The ‘Disable and Delete’ option will completely delete your Photos backup files, so it’s not a practical solution in such situations. Hence, go ahead and delete those old files from your Photos app on iPhone.
You can also transfer these files to your Mac or other devices with additional storage space.
2. Disable Unwanted Apps from iCloud Settings
Fortunately, Apple has allowed users to disable unwanted apps from regular backups.
It means you don’t have to back up the entire device on iCloud. Just select those apps that are useful to you.
Now, let’s see how we can perform this easy solution to fix the storage issue –
1. Open the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone.
2. Select ‘iCloud’ and tap on the ‘Storage’ option.
3. Select your iPhone from the ‘Backups’ option.
4. In this window, scroll down and disable all the unwanted apps as shown below.
That’s it! It’ll automatically create a new set of rules to sync and backup only enabled apps data on iCloud service.
3. Documents & Data Files
Similarly, you can also delete the infamous ‘Documents and Data’ files from iPhone’s iCloud settings.
1. Open the ‘Storage’ option from iCloud settings.
2. Head over to the ‘Documents and Data’ section and select any app from the list.
3. Tap on the ‘Edit’ link available on the top right screen.
4. Select ‘Delete All’ option to clear those files from iCloud space.
As we all know, the Documents and Data files occupy lots of space on backup services like iCloud. So, it’s a great feature to delete such data files and free up some valuable storage space for other files.
4. iCloud Email Backups
The above solutions should help you clear your iCloud storage to the great extent, and you won’t need any other fix for this issue. But if you still want to go one step ahead, you may also disable the iCloud Email backups from your device.
Even though emails don’t require much space on the device, the backups can accumulate over the period of time and consume a significant amount of your storage space.
To resolve this issue, all you have to do is disable the Mail backups from the Settings app.
Steps to follow –
- Open the ‘Settings’ app on iPhone and select Mail.
- Go to the ‘Accounts’ settings and tap on the iCloud email account.
- Select ‘iCloud Drive’ and disable the Mail option.
Done! These steps will help in disabling the iCloud email backups on your iPhone.
Apart from that, you can also delete unwanted emails from your iCloud account. It should release more space for your storage.
So, there you go, folks! That’s what you need to do to clear iCloud storage on iPhone. All these solutions will greatly help in clearing up useless files from your iCloud account.
Note – It is a temporary solution to fix the storage issue. It works fine for those who use their devices for essential services.
For eg., iPhone photographers or video makers will find it difficult to work with the limited 5 GB space on their accounts. In such cases, you will have to buy more space from Apple as mentioned earlier.
And if you find their prices high, you can disable the iCloud account completely (or partially by removing some apps from backup settings) and switch over to other reliable tools to backup your important files.
Anyway, if you know any other solution to clear or save iCloud space on iPhone, drop a comment below, and share it with our Init Fix community.