How to Free up Space on iCloud Easily and Efficiently

By Rico Rodriguez to iCloud Tips | Last Updated on Dec 7, 2023

"Last night I got messages from Apple iCloud saying I've almost reached my free 5GB limit. Things I have going to iCloud are my iPhone (16GB) and iPad Air backups. I was looking and apparently my backup is now larger than 4GB in size on iCloud. Now only do I wonder how it got that large and how to free up space on iCloud?" -- from Apple forum

Free 5GB iCloud storage space for one Apple ID is welcome but far from enough especially when you have two or more Apple devices and 8GB or 16GB iPhone. Alas, iCloud "Not Enough Storage" message pops up! If iCloud storage upgrade is not right for your needs, follow the guide below to learn how to free up space on iCloud easily and efficiently without forking out any cash and fix iCloud backup not working issue caused by full storage.

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1. Free up space on iCloud by Deleting Data

Check how much free iCloud space is available
Open Settings > iCloud > Storage on iPhone, iPad and iPod running iOS 9/10.
Or head to Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Manage on Mac computer.
Or open iCloud, click Manage on Windows PC to check out how much free iCloud storage you have before or after you clean up iCloud storage space.

* Remove Unwanted Old Backups
It's time to delete backups from iCloud you don't need anymore to solve iCloud storage full issue. But before doing so, check twice and make sure these old backups are not useful any more. To save iCloud free space in this way, you can:

Delete iCloud backups on iPhone iPad iPod
Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage and select the name of device' backup, and tap Delete Backup to make more space on iCloud.
Delete iCloud backups on Mac
Open iCloud by clicking Apple menu > System Preferences, and click Manage, choose Backups, then select iOS device whose backups you want to delete and click Delete to manage iCloud storage space.
Delete iCloud backups on PC
Open iCloud on Windows, click Storage > Backups, choose iOS device and click Delete to get more storage on iCloud for free. It also works to fix photos not uploading to iCloud due to full iCloud storage.

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* Clear iCloud Emails
If you are a frequent mailer who use iCloud mail not Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo mail, and your emails often come with large-sized attachments, you can delete emails from iClud email account to solve not enough iCloud storage embarrassment. Steps to mange iCloud storage space occupied by emails are as follows: Select messages on iCloud Mail and tap "Move to Trash" icon, choose Edit and tap Delete All icon and iCloud emails will be deleted to extend iCloud free space. You can delete a single or multiple messages in batch. You can remove emails on Mac/PC as well.

* Erase Document and Data
Documents and data, including caches data, apps and a host of other stuffs, can eat up lots of free iCloud space. How to clear a space on iCloud by deleting documents and data you don't need anymore? It's simple: Open settings, click iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage, select app under the "Documents & Data" list, and then choose Edit and tap on Delete All. Learn how to free up space on iPhone if your iPhone storage also gets full.

2. Cancel Needless Backup to Get More Storage on iCloud

It's a big waste of iCloud free storage to backup files you don't need at all. You can increase free iCloud space available by turning off unnecessary backups. Here's how to free up space on iCloud in this way: head to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Mange Storage and choose the iOS device. From the Backup Options, turn off unwanted backup options to reduce the size of iCloud backup. When you free up enough space on your iCloud, then you can begin to upload photos to iCloud.

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3. Turn to Other Backup Tools to Clear up iCloud Storage Space

You don't need to delete backups and data to make space for iCloud by using other backup apps that can backup up iPhone without iCloud, including photos, videos, movies etc. so that you can use limited iCloud storage to backup other small files like contacts and messages. Some good iCloud alternatives include iTunes, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and the most useful and feature-rich one, MacX MediaTrans.

The all-around data backup program helps backup iPhone iPad iPod videos, music, movies, TV shows, photos, books, voice memos and more to Mac/ PC in batch with nearly no size limits and needless of wifi connection. In addition, the iCloud alternative gives many other options, for example, transferring files between iDevices and Mac/PC, managing music photo video etc. files, making ringtones, auto converting music video books file formats, to name a few.

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4. Pay for Free iCloud Storage Upgrade

If you've tried the above ways to free up space on iCloud and still want to increase iCloud space, you can upgrade iCloud storage to 50GB, 200GB, 2TB and get more iCloud storage on iPhone, iPad, iPod. Go to settings > iCloud > Storage > Buy More Storage or Change Storage Plan, select a pan and click Buy, then enter Apple ID password. Apple charges monthly.

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