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How To Clearly Manage iCloud Storage and Backup

When you get right down to it: Apple doesn’t give you much in the way of free iCloud Storage Backup (5GB), and most people don’t want to shell out the cash to pay for it. So what are you to do?

First you’ll want to clear some cloud space and delete those unnecessary backups!

Check out the video walk through or continue reading the blog post below:

What is an iCloud Backup?

iCloud automatically backs up all of your data on your iPhone or iPad, as long as your device is connected to Wi-Fi, turned on locked and connected to a power source. I know that’s a mouthful. Backups make it easy to restore a device if you need to wipe it or set up a brand new iPhone or iPad with your existing data.

Here you’ll find what gets backed up to iCloud:

• App Data

• Device Settings

• Photos and Videos (unless iCloud Photo Library enabled)

• iTunes Purchase History

• iMessage, text message, MMS messages (if restoring, the SIM card used during the backup is required)

• Health Data

• HomeKit Configuration

• Home Screen and App organization

• Ringtones

• Visual Voicemail (if restoring, the SIM card used during the backup is required)

This can be quite a lot of data, which can take up a good chunk of your iCloud storage.

Why it’s Okay to Delete Old iCloud Backups

You may not even know you have an old backup on your iPhone or iPad. This could cause your backup to be well over the 5GB of free storage. If you’ve purchased a new iPhone or iPad, the old backup could remain on your device. Getting rid of the old backup will free up space.

How To Delete Old iCloud Backups

1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad

2. Scroll to and tap on iCloud

3. Tap on Storage

4. Tap on Manage Storage

Storage Backups

Here you will see a list of everything that’s backing up to iCloud. If you have an iPhone and iPad using the same Apple ID you should see a backup for your iPhone and your iPad. If you see more than one iPhone or iPad backup, you may have an old one that you could delete.

5. Tap on the device whose backup you want to delete.

6. Tap Delete Backup

7. Tap on Turn Off & Delete

If you don’t have any old backups to delete but still need more storage. You have a couple of options.

How To Manage Storage

You could stop backing up your Photo Library or go through your photos and video’s and delete the ones you don’t want or need.

Photo Backups

I personally wouldn’t recommend deleting your whole library! Photos are prize possessions and Apple does a great job of keeping them safe in iCloud, which enables you to have them on any of your devices. I would go through the photos and delete the ones I’m comfortable getting rid of.

Deleting Photos

Another option is to go through the data that you back up and see if there are any apps that you could turn off so they don’t back up to iCloud.

iPhone data backups

The last option and the one I always recommend is buying more storage. For .99 cents a month you can purchase 50GB of storage and for most of you that may be plenty. It’s well worth the peace of mind knowing that your devices will backed up and won’t lose any data if something catastrophic happens.

Storage Backups

Manage backups

If you have any questions let me know in the comments section below.

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