Freeing space on iCloud is possible through a website that allows you to access documents and free up the memory that some files consume in the service storage. Apple automatically offers 5 GB of free space in the cloud for backups, photos, videos, emails and other files synchronized with different devices using the same Apple ID. However, the limited capacity of the free version can affect copies of these files, forcing users to control the amount of storage in order to continue enjoying the service.
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Space management can be done through the iCloud website (icloud.com). The platform allows, for example, to delete emails, photos and videos that are taking up unnecessary space to ensure that other important backup procedures remain active on synchronized devices. Next, check out a list of some tips to free up space on your account.
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1. Keep your Mail inbox clean and free of emails with heavy attachments
It may not seem important, but many users do not delete emails received. In this case, the problem is related to the number of messages stored. Another important point to delete emails with attachments after downloading the files. The functioning of email in iCloud follows some rules imposed by Apple. Developed for personal use, Mail has limited attachments up to 20 MB. Without a regular cleaning these messages can contribute to the lack of space in iCloud.
To clear your inbox, log into your iCloud account on the web and access the "Mail" option. You can select the messages you want to delete by holding the "CTRL" button while pressing while clicking on the description of the emails. Then click and drag the messages to the "Trash" option in the menu on the side of the screen. Remember to delete everything you sent to the trash folder so that you can effectively recover storage space. To do this, go to the gear icon in the lower left corner of the screen and use the "Empty trash" function. Remember that the junk box keeps e-mails for 30 days until they are automatically deleted.
Action to delete photos and videos stored on iCloud.com Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
In many cases, the users in the storage consumption are the photos and videos synchronized with the iPhone library. This can happen when the iCloud Photos feature is active on an iOS device. The feature automatically saves the media created from the devices in the cloud in order to save their physical storage. However, when producing high quality photos and videos, iCloud storage space can quickly decrease.
ICloud on the web allows access to media through the "Photos" icon. Then, just select the files you want to delete and click on the trash can icon in the upper right corner of the screen. If your storage problem is really critical and you need to recover as much space as you need in the cloud, consider disabling iCloud Photos on your iPhone or iPad.
3. Delete files on iCloud Drive
Deleting files from iCloud Drive can help manage the total storage of iCloud Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
ICloud Drive is a system that allows you to access documents on different devices that use the same Apple ID. The convenience of opening these files anywhere can fill up the free storage. To avoid this, users can manage the iOS Files app on the Mac using the Finder or access iCloud.com on the PC browser.
To delete any file, enter iCloud on the web and access the "iCloud Drive" option. Then select the files you want to delete and click on the trash can icon at the top of the screen. Also remember to delete the files permanently by accessing the option "Recently deleted".
4. Check the type of file that most consumes your storage
Screen with information about storage in iCloud Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
ICloud on the web has a settings page that allows you to check which files are consuming the most space on internal storage. The tool, similar to the visualization present in iOS, allows the mouse pointer to rest on the graphic to receive the type of file represented by the color in the consumption bar. With this information it is possible to better manage sharing in the cloud, carried out on different devices. If the problem is related to unused backups, use the procedure on the cell phone to delete them.
Go to the iCloud website, click on "Account settings" and hover your mouse over the colors in the storage chart to find out which files in the cloud take up the most space.
5. End the session on other devices
List of devices that use the same iCloud account Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Setting up a family member's or friend's device using a single Apple ID will consume more of your free storage. In these cases, the devices will be linked to the same Apple ID and, consequently, iCloud will also be the same destination for backups, media files and other resources – if configured for this type of backup.
To find out which devices are linked to your Apple ID, go to icloud.com and go to "Account settings". Then, under "My Devices", check the list of gadgets that use the same storage as iCloud. You can click on the thumbnail of one of the devices and click on the "X" icon so that the device is unlinked. The procedure must also be performed on the device by accessing the iOS settings to unlink the Apple ID.
6. Delete text notes, reminders and other documents
Screen with reminders synced to an iCloud account Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
These are not types of documents that take up a lot of space, yet, given the limitations of free management in iCloud, they are files that can be deleted over the web. It is worth remembering that users who work with a lot of notes and reminders can spend space that can make a difference when the storage limit is reached. To perform the procedure and recover space, simply access the pages for each service, select the files and use the button with the trash can icon to delete them from the cloud.
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