Launched in 2012, iCloud quickly became a practical solution for users ofiPhone, iPad and Mac to manage their devices remotely, but also back up their data. Thus, Apple offers all users of its service a free space of 5 GB, which can be used as it pleases to back up its crucial data and store all kinds of documents thanks to iCloud Drive.
The problem is that 5 GB is pretty limited, so you’ll have to be a little tricky not to saturate them with an eyelash flicker, and your device will tell you that additional iCloud storage is required. Fortunately, there are several tips that will help youoptimize your storage space online, and stop worrying about filling your account. For this, we will have to learn to be a little vigilant, even to rely on other free online services, in order to limit Apple’s storage to the essentials.
Delete old backups
By default, iCloud back up your device every time you charge it and it’s connected to your Wi-Fi network. Typically, if you plug in your iPhone every night, your iPhone will back up daily using your Wi- Domestic fi while you sleep. While this feature is very handy, it does pose a rather devious problem: backups are never automatically deleted, and are therefore kept until you decide otherwise.
This can be a problem, for example, when you change your phone, or when you sell your old iPad. Backups from a device you no longer use are kept on your account, and it’s easy to forget about them there, since everything is automated. So, if your storage space is saturated, take the time to check that you do not have an unnecessary backup on your account via the settings, under the iCloud tab> Storage> Manage storage. You will see your previous backups, and will have the opportunity to permanently delete one of them by clicking on it.
Some backups can exceed several GB, this simple manipulation could help you greatly in your quest for free space.
Clean up apps and manage iCloud Drive
By default, iCloud backs up the applications on your iPhone or iPad, but this will not take up space on your storage space. In fact, iCloud only has to save the list of your applications to simply download them again from the App Store if your backup is restored. What can turn out to be voluminous, however, is the data stored by these same applications, and which must be saved to be found in the event of restoration. Among these data, we find for example game saves, word processing documents, or files transferred to a multimedia player.
It is easy to forget that this data can be imposing, and yet it is it that can quickly saturate your online storage space. An application like VLC, for example, can store several videos that you transfer there. However, in the case where VLC is part of the iCloud backup, these same videos will therefore be included in said backup, and will therefore occupy a considerable space of the 5 GB available for free.
It is therefore important to regularly empty the applications of the data that you would no longer need: delete the films that you have seen, and do not keep the applications that you do not use or no longer. You can simply view the space occupied by an application by going to the settings, under the General tab> Storage and use of iCloud. From here you can manage the storage and it will be easy to see which applications take up the most space, and thus to operate a healthy household.
Another option to avoid this saturation is to directly manage these backups via iCloud Drive. This service synchronizes the files of your applications so that you can find them on other devices. Thus, a text document modified on your iPad can be found as is on your iPhone or Mac with the said modifications. If this function can be practical, it is not necessarily essential for all your applications, or even useless if you have only one device compatible with iCloud. iCloud Drive is managed in the settings, under the iCloud tab, where you will find the appropriate option. From there, you can simply deactivate the service if you do not want it, or decide which applications will have their data saved through this case by case.
Disable backups of certain apps
If you do not want to delete large applications, it is still possible to keep them while not having to support their data on iCloud. It is enough for that disable their automatic backup by checking the right boxes in the iCloud settings.
You will therefore have to go to the settings, under the iCloud tab, where you will find all the settings relating to your account. The “Storage” part will therefore allow you to have an overview of all your stored data, but also of your last backups made. Click on the one corresponding to your device to find all your applications, as well as the size each occupies in your backup. You can easily deactivate any of these applications, the data of which will no longer be saved in iCloud. This will allow you to save space without having to delete your data, but keep in mind that they will no longer be saved and that you will therefore not be able to recover them in the event of loss.
Store your photos elsewhere
Photos are often among the largest data to back up to iCloud, especially if you tend to use your smartphone’s camera often. There are two ways to save your photos on iCloud: via the classic backup of your iPhone, or using the iCloud photo library. Your images will no longer be saved on your phone, but directly online. Useful for saving storage space on your device, but not on your iCloud account.
If you still want to save your photos online, be aware that there are a number of suitable services, such as the one offered by Flickr via its mobile application. Flickr has the particularity of offering up to 1000 GB of storage for free, which is more than enough to not have to worry about the space occupied by his shots, while freeing up crucial space on his iCloud account. We thus find the advantage of Apple’s service, namely the storage of its photos online and not locally, without suffering the disadvantage of a narrow storage space.
To do this, simply create an account via the Flickr mobile application, and follow the instructions, which will allow you to synchronize your photos with the service. Once the settings have been made, you just need to go through the Uploadr service, integrated into Flickr, to make sure that your photos are uploaded to the service. Obviously, it is possible to recover one or more photos on your device at any time.
The simplest solution: pay
Finally, if you do not want to delete data and prefer to avoid more or less complex manipulations, the simplest and most practical solution still remains to get your hands on the wallet to enlarge its storage space. In the settings, under the iCloud tab, the “Storage” option will clearly display a link allowing you to discover the iCloud paid offers.
The good news is that Apple recently adjusted the prices of its formulas to align with the competition, which means that the gigabyte is now more affordable on iCloud. Thus, 1 TB will cost ten euros per month, while a 200 GB formula is available at 3 euros monthly. But in the event that you simply want to back up the data from your iPhone or iPad, the cheapest formula, at 1 euro per month for 50 GB, should be suitable in most cases.
This formula will save your smartphone and its data without having to worry too much about the space occupied, and will even be able to accommodate a good part of your photos and videos without posing any problem. It is ultimately a fairly inexpensive solution, and which will allow you to avoid the puzzle of making this famous message of saturation of the iCloud storage space disappear.