How do I free up space on iCloud? [Instruction]
Recently I was visiting friends and I, as an “Apple lover” (who said that?), Was once again asked to help with a problem iPhone. The phone periodically popped up the message “Can’t create a backup for this iPhone because there is not enough free space in iCloud”, which was more annoying than inconvenient.
This problem, if you can call it that, is faced by many iPhone owners. But what to do with it, and why suddenly all the space in the iCloud storage turned out to be full, not many people know. Therefore, today I will tell you how to free up space in iCloud.
As everyone probably knows, when registering an Apple ID, Apple allocates 5GB of free space on its servers. These 5GB are meant for storing personal information (contacts, notes, etc.) and backups.
At first it may seem that 5GB is a lot, but in fact it is “fucking little”. Statistics are such that more than half of users do not pay enough attention to setting up their iOS devices.
Therefore, quite often, many of them are faced with a situation where the iCloud storage is full and the above message starts to appear on the iPhone screen.
To give you an idea of what you are dealing with, below I will tell you why this message appears and what you need to configure so that the storage is used optimally and does not overflow.
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Where did the free space go?
Some documents took up all the free space on iCloud
[UPDATE: This section was relevant for iOS 10 and below. In iOS 11, “Documents and Data” includes BACKUP COPIES]
From complaints in the comments from many users, I realized that the problem of overflowing iCloud storage lies not only in photos and backups.
There is another source of endless kilobytes that strive to fill your cloud storage. This source is called “Documents”, but this doesn’t make you think which way to dig to clear iCloud.
After digging through iCloud Settings, I found one interesting page. Below is a short plan of action:
Step 1. Go to Settings. Apple ID. Icloud. Icloud (yes, this is not a typo, but you need to click on the storage strip).
Step 2. Click “Manage” and go to the page for managing your storage.
Step 3. See the “Documents and Data” section? This is where the data that applications have ever “stored” in iCloud. Let’s clean up a little here.
The documents that take up the most space are at the very top of the list. I hope that you yourself will determine what has eaten all your iCloud storage space.
Step 4. Click on “gluttony”, and in the window that opens, click on the Change button (upper right corner). You can delete one item at a time, or you can scroll down and Delete all.
To prevent applications from dumping their “junk” in the cloud storage. Turn off iCloud Drive.
How to free up space on iCloud
As we just found out, the main problem with overflowing iCloud storage is photos being stored. And possibly twice. In order to see what takes up the most space in YOUR iCloud storage, go to Settings. [Your Name]. Icloud. Manage Storage.
And in this place everything should become clear to you. Usually the first two sections (iCloud Media Library and BACKUP) “eat up” the entire space. Our task is to remove duplicate photos and thus free up space in iCloud.
It is not so easy to cope with Mediatek, tk. You need to manually clean up photos from your devices and wait until the changes are applied to the photos synced to the cloud. Therefore, I suggest excluding photos from the created backups. To do this, we do this:
Step 1. Click on the Backups item, then on the name of your device.
Step 2. In the SELECTING DATA FOR CREATING A COPY section, turn off the item “Media Library” (as well as the data of all those programs that, in your opinion, are not required for backup).
Step 3. Scroll down the page and click on “Delete Copy”.
Yes, we need to delete the backup that took up all available iCloud storage space. Don’t worry, we will manually create a new copy that will no longer include the stream. To do this, we do this:
Step 1. Go to Settings. [Your Name]. Icloud. Icloud Backup
Step 2. Click “Create backup”. Wait until the creation process is completed.
As you already understood, we deleted the old backup and then created a new one. The new backup does not contain a photo of the stream, which means it takes up significantly less space in the cloud.
It may also happen that your Media Library has grown to an indecent size (more than 5GB). In this case, you need to either increase the iCloud storage or transfer photos from iPhone to computer and then delete them from iPhone.
How to increase iCloud storage
If you are one of those graphs who take their pictures exclusively on the iPhone 7 Plus and also store all those photos in iCloud, you definitely need to increase the amount of cloud storage. It is very simple to do this, and this pleasure is quite inexpensive. Start at 0.99 for 50GB.
You can expand your storage here: Settings. [Your Name]. Icloud. Manage Storage. Change storage plan.
Where did the free space go?
So! Synchronization! Do you know the meaning of the term “sync to iCloud”? In short, this means that the information you have selected will also be stored in Apple’s “cloud” storage.
In the future, this information can be synchronized with other devices that you use. Now look at the screenshot of iCloud settings below, and tell me which of the list will take up the most space?
Right! Of course, the photos that you take on your iPhone, as well as backups that also automatically go to the cloud.
And now everyone who has activated stream synchronization in iCloud honestly answer the question below, indicating your answer in the comments to the article.
How to get to photos that sync to iCloud?
Look at the statistics and think again. Do you really need it so that all the photos are copied somewhere else? Personally, I have this feature disabled. I regularly manually copy photos that are important to me to my computer (link to instructions below).
Move on. Did you know that in the iOS settings there is an option to set up an iCloud backup? What does this mean and how does it work? Every time your iPhone is connected to a charger and is in Wi-Fi range, it automatically backs up to the cloud. This is done regularly, and you, usually, do not even know about it.
Management of backup in iCloud of any of your devices is carried out as follows: go to Settings. [Your Name], then scroll down the page and select the required device. On the Device Information page, there is a switch for iCloud Backup.
What information is stored in the backup? I wrote about this in a separate article (here’s a link). But most importantly, the backup can also include all the same photos.
It turns out that with an incorrectly configured iPhone, the entire stream is copied to iCloud twice. First time in its original form, second time as part of a backup.
This is the most common reason for an overflowing iCloud storage. If you really need photos to be available in the cloud, set it up in one place. Either a stream or in a backup (I would choose the first).
Disable iCloud Drive
There is one more iCloud Drive function that is quite new for you and me, which quietly appeared in the next iOS update. So iCloud Drive allows you to store and sync through the cloud data of applications. Almost all that are installed on your iPhone.
Thus, it turns out that all your correspondence in Viber or WhatsApp with attachments and porn pictures flies straight to the virtual storage. Again, the question is. Do you need it? Disable!
On your iOS device, go to Settings. Apple ID. Icloud, scroll down the page and disable either iCloud Drive completely, or select which applications should and which should not store their data in the cloud.
Try it. It should help. Well, if it helped, like it (click one of the multi-colored buttons).
Signing out of iCloud doesn’t delete data from iCloud
First, you need to decide what to do with the data stored on the device itself. Leave it or delete it.
It is worth noting that if, before exiting iCloud, the device was enabled for synchronization (not to be confused with a backup) of applications from iCloud (for example, Contacts, Notes, Reminders, Calendars, files in iCloud Drive, etc.), then all data of these applications still remain in the Apple cloud, which means they can be easily restored to a new device. To do this, you just need to enter your Apple ID information at the very top of the main screen of the Settings application.
In order to make sure that data is safe on Apple servers, for example, Notes or Contacts, go to icloud.com from your computer and open the corresponding web application.
If all the data is in place, then you can safely delete everything from the device when you exit iCloud. Again, when you sign out of iCloud on iPhone, iPad and Mac (assuming all apps have been synced), all data remains in iCloud.
If you re-enter the data of your old account, for example, into a new iPhone, all this data will go back to your gadget.
How to Sign Out of iCloud on iPhone, iPad or Mac Correctly
There are plenty of situations when you need to change or simply log out of your Apple iCloud account on an iOS device. The reason the user is forced to do this is not that important. What (and how) to do? In this guide, we will show you how to sign out of your account on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and at the same time save (delete) the data on the device.
Why sign out of iCloud?
There can be many reasons to sign out of iCloud, below are the most common.
1. Planned transfer of the device to a new owner (sale, gift, etc.).
2. Switching to a new Apple ID account.
3. Delivery of the device to the service center (most SCs accept for service and repair only with an “empty” iCloud).
How to sign out of iCloud on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and Mac
On your iOS device, go to Settings and go to the Appe ID section (where your first and last name are indicated, at the very top). At the very bottom, click Sign Out. On Mac go to System Preferences → iCloud → Sign Out.
A pop-up menu appears with three options:
1. Sign out of iCloud and the Store: when you select this option, the iPhone or iPad will be unlinked from the iCloud account (disabling Find iPhone and Activation Lock), deleting or saving (at the user’s choice) information on the device, as well as exiting services (App Store, iTunes Store, Apple Music, etc.)
2. Logging out of iCloud: only iCloud will be logged out. Unlinking the iPhone or iPad from the iCloud account (disabling Find iPhone and Activation Lock), deleting or saving (at the user’s choice) information on the device.
Select the option you want, enter the password to turn off Find My iPhone, and click Exit.
If necessary, indicate which data should be copied on the device:
Done! The iCloud account was deleted from the device. Find My iPhone was turned off. At the same time, before deletion, we analyzed the content posted in the “cloud”.
Now you can create a new iCloud account or enter information for another Apple ID.
Screenshot on iPad with Face ID
Depending on how your iPad is unlocked. Using a fingerprint or Face ID, it will depend on how a screenshot is taken on it.
Unlock your tablet before taking screenshots. You must simultaneously press two buttons on the body of your iPad: power and volume up.
Immediately after you press them, you will hear the sound of the camera shutter, as when photographing. A preview of the picture will appear, clicking on it, you can immediately edit it using the system. He himself will get into the gallery with all the photos. You can always find all the screens there.
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How to take a screenshot of the screen on iPad
A screenshot on the iPad, no matter what revision it is, can be easily done by pressing certain keys on the device’s case.
There are also special applications that, in addition to directly creating screenshots, can immediately process them and perform other operations, which is often simply necessary.
You already know how to take a screenshot on an iPhone. Now we will analyze in detail how to make a screen on an iPad using IOS itself and applications that will help you fully work with them, process and upload to social networks.
- 1.1 Screenshot on iPad with Face ID
- 1.2 Screenshot on iPad with Touch ID
Allows you to superimpose ready-made screenshots on the backgrounds of different versions of iPhone and iPad. Create projects, overlay text, change the background and various other operations. This software will be especially useful for software developers for IOS. It works very quickly and intuitively. So, for example, you can place a finished picture on the background of the same iPad and add accompanying text.
Interesting! To work with ready-made screenshots, you can use any editing application from the App Store and the functions built into the system.
How to take a screenshot on iPad
Screenshot on iPad with Touch ID
On models with a touch and a mechanical button, a screenshot is also taken by simultaneously pressing two buttons on the tablet case: home and power. The tablet should not be locked at this moment.
After the sound of the camera shutter, you can immediately edit the picture by clicking on its preview, which will appear on the bottom left. Nevertheless, already made screenshots can always be found in the gallery with photos.
Create an additional iCloud
Several Apple ID accounts can be used on the iPhone at once, however, only one will be the main one, to which a bank card is linked, and backups are stored. The rest will be secondary, allowing you to store information about contacts, calendars and reminders, as well as exchange emails.
Open Settings on iPhone and select “Passwords and Accounts”.
Select a postal service. In our case, this is iCloud.
Next select “Create Apple ID”.
Enter your first and last name.
In the next window, select the button “Get free iCloud e-mail”.
Enter your iCloud login, which will come before the “@”. Continue by selecting the “Next” button and followed by “Create e-mail”.
Please enter your valid mobile phone number. Below you can change the confirmation method: by SMS or call. Enter the received verification code.
Next, you will need to accept the terms and conditions.
Create an alternate iCloud profile
Some users need to work with two main Apple ID accounts. It is also possible to create a second main account on the iPhone, but you will need to switch between the two accounts each time.
Open Settings and select your Apple ID account name at the top of the window.
At the bottom of the window, tap on the “Exit” button.
If Find iPhone is activated on your smartphone, you will need to enter your Apple ID password to continue.
Next, select the “Sign in to iPhone” button.
Click on “Don’t have an Apple ID or have you forgotten it?” and then “Create Apple ID”.
How to create iCloud on iPhone
Create iCloud on iPhone
Below we will look at three ways to create an iCloud profile on iPhone.
Create a new iCloud profile
If the iPhone is not yet activated, to start working with the device, you will need to create a new Apple ID (aka Icloud account).
You will need to go through the iPhone activation process. Under Apps Data, select Set Up Like New iPhone. Read more about activation in the article at the link below.
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Follow the guidelines in this article to create iCloud on your iPhone.
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Instructions for creating an Apple account. Create an iCloud account on Windows
Windows owners cannot create mail with the @ icloud.com address, however, you can always register an Apple ID to any other mail.
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Even if you don’t have an IPhone, you will be able to make purchases of content through iTunes using the generated ID. You can register at icloud.com.
Figure: 22. Creating an Apple ID on Windows
What is iCloud?
Icloud is the largest cloud storage environment with email client functionality.
The site launched in 2011 and was designed as a more advanced replacement for MobileMe.
In addition to storing information and messages, using iCloud, owners of Apple devices can store backups of gadget settings in the environment, synchronize data with other devices, work with the Find My Phone function (quickly find and lock a lost phone).
Figure: 1. Icloud logo
Create iCloud on IPhone or iPad
An active internet connection is required to register.
It is advisable to connect the iPhone to a router or 3G network to ensure normal transmission / reception speed.
If you suddenly forgot your Apple ID password, go here.
Now go to the gadget settings window and follow the instructions:
- Open the “Mail, Calendars, Addresses” tab;
Figure: 4. Start window of settings in IOS
- In the window that appears, information about all synchronized accounts and notes will appear. Since we need to create a new account, at the bottom of the window, click on “Add account”;
Figure: 5. Window for synchronized accounts
- Next, a page will appear with a list of service logos, an account in which you can create / add. Select iCloud;
Figure: 6. Adding a service
Figure: 7. Creating an Apple ID
- After entering your name and date of birth, the page for linking your mailbox to Apple ID appears. Select “Receive e-mail in iCloud”, as shown in the picture:
Figure: 8. Getting mailbox in iCloud
- In the new window, click on the text box and enter a name for the mailing address. The resulting string, for example, My Address@icloud.com, is the created identifier in the Apple ID system. The selected mail name may already be taken. In this case, the system will automatically detect a match and inform you about it. You will need to come up with a new name.
Figure: 9. Enter a new Iclaud address
- At the next stage of registration in the Aykloud system, you need to set a password for accessing your account. Remember that to reduce the likelihood of being hacked, you should specify a complex password. The codeword must be at least eight (8) characters long and contain numbers, lowercase / uppercase letters and special characters;
Figure: 10. Creating an account password
The generated email address and password will be both the login information for both the Apple ID and the mail service (cloud storage) page.
After registration is complete, the system offers to select three questions (from the already existing list). For each question, you must write a short answer.
This action is required. If you forget your login information by answering one of the questions correctly, you can instantly regain access.
Figure: 11. Creating security questions for iCloud and Apple ID
Be sure to enter your backup email address. This can be the address of any other mail service to which you have access.
If you forget the answers to the security questions or cannot remember the login, the information for recovery will be sent to the additional address you specified.
Figure: 12. Page for creating backup email
If you want to set up automatic service updates, activate the corresponding slider in the “Updates” window that appears.
Get the latest information from Apple with the latest updates.
You can cancel your subscription at any time, the function is disabled in the settings of your iCloud account.
Figure: 13. Connecting automatic updates and news from Apple
Before completing the Aycloud registration procedure, read the user agreement.
Further use of the service implies full compliance of your actions with all established rules.
Figure: 14. Window with the text of the user agreement
After pressing the “Accept” button, Aycloud will be created. Account linking to your IPhone and data synchronization will be performed automatically.
It remains only to confirm the entered backup address. Thus, the system checks if you have access to another mailbox.
A letter with a code will be sent to the backup email, which must be entered in the registration confirmation window. If everything is done correctly, the following message will appear:
Figure: 15. Confirmation of registration Aycloud
Registration is complete, however, the account is still inactive on your phone.
It is necessary to enable the iCloud service in the iPhone settings to start automatic synchronization of the account with the gadget.
Go to the Settings-iCloud window. In the window that opens, activate all the items and processes in order to synchronize the account and the phone.
Figure: 16. Activating your Icloud account on the IPhone
With the help of the data of the created account you get access to all official services and services from Apple, namely:
Using the iCloud email service as your Apple ID creates better information security.
The risk of profile hacking is minimal, and data recovery occurs instantly, however, without knowledge of unique information (answers to questions, backup mail), it is almost impossible for an attacker to do this.
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Creating a mailbox in Aycloud
Icloud mail with “@ icloud.com” identifier can be created only by owners of Apple devices.
Mailbox creation function is available on mobile devices, tablets and Mac computers.
Figure: 2. Mailbox @ icloud.com
The function of storing information in the cloud appears immediately after registering a mailbox or Apple ID.
Owners of other phones and computers can use an existing mailbox by linking it to their Apple ID account.
Thus, you can get the opportunity to use several features in iCloud for free:
- Apple Numbers. For working with tables;
- Keynote. Creating presentations;
- Pages. A simplified analogue of a word processor.
It’s worth noting that there is only 1GB of storage for non-Apple device users.
Figure: 3. Cloud settings window
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