iCloud Storage Full! How to Free Up iCloud Storage?

Why my iCloud storage space is full, how to reduce the backup size, or how much space is available, if you also encountered with any such questions, then you have come to the right place, through this article we have tried to provide you with a comprehensive guide. This will assist you to resolve the issue of low storage space on your iCloud service.

iCloud is one of the most important features of Apple that actually becomes an integral part of an Apple user. That’s why it becomes imperative to keep a check on iCloud storage issue.

Part 1: Why your iCloud storage is full?

What is iCloud storage?

iCloud storage is free storage facility provided by Apple to its iOS, Mac or Windows users to save, store, or backup any type of data, with a free limit of 5GB, which is extensible at Apple Store on the payment of certain minimal charges.

You can Setup your iCloud account at: https://www.apple.com/icloud/setup/ios.html

What consumes the most of the iCloud storage space full?

If you want to figure out where does data get consumed then you need to follow the steps: Go to the Settings menu> Select the General option>After that you need to click on Storage & iCloud Usage>then on Manage storage

manage icloud storage

Under Manage store you will receive a list of apps and the amount of data and space being occupied by them. You can check that from the below-mentioned screenshots:

icloud storage

Also, backup of your photo library or iCloud photo library uses to consume a large amount of storage area of iCloud that causes full iCloud storage.

Part 2: What to do when iCloud storage is full?

What are the required steps if you found out that the iCloud storage of your device got full. Well, as a solution for that below are mentioned 5 important tips that will help you to resolve the issue in step by step manner.

Here are 5 tips if iCloud storage is full

Tip 1: Turn on My Photo Stream

My photostream is an important part of iPhone, as it uses to upload all of your media files and share them to all the connected devices. Also, doing so will not consume your iCloud storage area, that is an additional benefit;

Go to the Settings>Click on iCloud>Select the Photos option>Then from there you can turn on the Photo Stream

turn on photo stream

Note: Also, you connect your device to the computer keeping your Wi-Fi connection ON. Then automatically save all the media files from photo stream that will get saved to your computer system.

Also, for further details regarding photo streaming, you can visit the official site of Apple at: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201317

Tip 2: Instead of iCloud photo library, using dr.fone - iOS Data Backup & Restore to backup iPhone

We would like to inform you that with the help of iCloud photo library service you can store all your media files in iCloud, that is actually accessible from all of your devices, but the problem is same media files get saved in iCloud photo library as well as an iCloud backup. Thus, eating up great storage space of your iCloud storage.

So, process of Turning off the photo library is as follows

Go to Settings>Visit iCloud>then open Storage section> After that click on Manage Storage>This iPhone>Turn Off Photo Library.

turn off icloud photo library

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Tip 3: Removing unused media files

Once you are done with backing up your media files with the dr.fone toolkit, you should consider about deleting all those media files such as images or videos that are consuming a large amount of space on your device.

For that first of all open, the music app on your iPhone> Select the file you want to delete> Tap and hold on the media files> after that click on Remove > then click on confirm to start the process of deletion.

delete unused media files

Tip 4: Get rid of movies or TV shows

We all are aware of the fact that movies occupy a great amount of space in the device, sometimes it goes in Gigabyte also. So, it will be wise to remove all those watched movies and TV shows out of your device so that you can save on your device space.

So, first of all, open your Music app>Click on library> From there select the TV shows or movies that are mentioned in the list> tap and hold them> then click on remove or delete icon to delete these large space occupying files.

delete movies

Tip 5: Keeping a check on Backup, and managing it

On a regular basis, iCloud backs up your device data, so that you can access them at a later date. But sometimes unused, not so important data also gets backed up side by side and those old backup data consume space under iCloud storage of the device, such as if multiple idevices used by your end, or if more than one device linked to the same iCloud account- any of these issues are the reason of consumption of iCloud storage area.

So how to manage your backup data or old backups:

First of all, go to the Settings menu > then you need to select the General option>after that click on Storage and iCloud Usage>then Manage Storage> once you are done with that you need to Click on old device name>then click on Delete Backup>Finally Turn off and delete

delete icloud backup file

Also, from manage storage section, you can delete those used or unimportant data that is occupying space under iCloud backup.

Part 3: Why it says iCloud storage full but its not?

This type of warning used to come whenever next expected backups required more space than the available one. Although some space is available but not as much required by the backup.

So, how to reduce the size of next backup on your device:

Go to Settings>Click on iCloud>then Storage and backup>after that click on Manage Storage> from there choose or remove the item that you do not want to get back up next time

check icloud storage

Note: For further guidance, you can visit the apple page at:


Your iCloud storage area matters a lot to you, as it is the source through which you can save a part of your memory through its media files or some important files. So, I hope that after going through the article, it will help you to free some space for your device and getting rid of error saying iCloud storage full.

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