ICLOUD STORAGE: Space Free Up, Delete Photo And Emails

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If you’re running out of iPhone storage space, that doesn’t mean you need to run out and buy a new one. There are lots of things you can do to quickly free up some space. But checking your iCloud only to realize there’s barely anything in it can be of your use.

USING ICLOUD’S PHOTO LIBRARY

iCloud Photo Library uses up iCloud Storage so that your videos and photos remain up to date across all iOS devices. So you can free up disk space by using iCloud Photo Library directly from your iPhone. All the streamed photos can only be viewed online but ensure that you have enough space in the iCloud. iCloud Photo Library tends to store your recent and most frequently viewed photos. Older photos may be removed without your knowledge in order to free up more space.

WAYS TO ENABLE ICLOUD PHOTO LIBRARY FOR YOUR IPHONE:
FREE UP SPACE:
  1. Locate and open Settings.
  2. Search and tap on Photos. Look for Camera and Photos in older iOS versions.
  3. Toggle “iCloud Photo Library” to ON.
  4. “Optimize iPhone Storage” should be marked. If it isn’t, tap to enable it.

Your original photos and videos will be replaced by device-sized versions to automatically free up space when you need it. The full resolution versions will be safely stored in iCloud.

  1. MANAGE STORAGE:

The accounts come with 5GB of free storage. The lowest plan starts at $0.99/month for 50GB of storage space. You can share larger storage plans if you want with family or friends.

Without enough storage, your device will not be able to back up new photos and videos, and Additional Apps to iCloud. Your text messages will not be saved or remain up-to-date and you will not be able to send emails using your iCloud address.

Now you can either start saving up and buy more storage space or start deleting unwanted items and manage it.

  • VIEW AVAILABLE SPACE:

Do check how much space is available on your iPhone. For different devices the process is shown below.

  • IOS 10.2 OR EARLIER
  1. Head to Settings
  2. Locate iCloud.
  3. Tap on Storage
  • IOS 10.3+
  1. Head to Settings
  2. Tap on your name
  3. Tap on iCloud
  4. Click on Manage Storage or iCloud Storage
  • MAC
  1. Click to open the Apple menu
  2. Select System Preferences
  3. Locate and click on iCloud and
  4. click on Manage

PC users can simply open iCloud for Windows.

UPGRADE YOUR PLAN

You can add a bit more space to your iCloud storage by upgrading your iCloud plan.

  1. Head to Settings
  2. Tap on your name (underneath should read “Apple ID, iTunes, & App Store”)
  3. Tap on iCloud
  4. Manage Storage
  5. Select “Change Storage Plan”
  6. Select the best plan.
  7. Tap on Buy
DELETE OLDER ITEMS

You can always delete older content like Backups, Photos and Videos no longer worth keeping Files, mail, and text messages.

STEPS TO DELETE PHOTOS FROM IPHONE OR ANOTHER IOS DEVICE:
  1. Open the Photos app and select the “Photos” tab, located at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Either click on a photo you wish to delete or, if needing to remove multiple photos, tap on “Select” in the top-right corner of the screen. Here you can check off all photos for deletion.
  3. Tap on the Trash icon to delete the photos selected.

 

MANAGE MESSAGES AND MAIL

You can free up iCloud space from your iCloud email account by deleting emails. You can also relocate any email messages from your iPhone or other iOS devices to your Mac or PC.

STEPS TO REMOVE EMAILS AND FREE UP SPACE ON IOS 11:
  1. Open your Mail app.
  2. Lightly press down to highlight a message.
  3. Choose all the messages you wish to delete.
  4. Tap to open your Trash folder. To get there, tap the Menu icon at the top-left and scroll until located.

You can choose to delete messages one at a time or accept the prompt at the top of the screen marked as EMPTY TRASH NOW to delete all items in the folder.

DELETE ATTACHMENTS AND TEXTS

All text messages and the attachments contained within are sent to iCloud storage. Make more space available by deleting texts and attachments that are no longer needed.

  1. Open up the Messages app and select a conversation.
  2. Lightly press down on the chat bubble or attachment you want to remove.
  3. Select More….Now a blue checkmark is shown to the left of the message or attachment.
  4. At the lower-left of the screen, tap on the Trash icon to remove the messages or attachments selected.
ICLOUD DRIVE
  • If you have an iCloud account you have access to the iCloud Drive.
  • Apple’s definitive solution to document and file management is iCloud Drive.
  • The Drive works in tandem with the Files app.
  • It assists you in storing files and documents of third-party applications like OneDrive and Google Drive.

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