Most of the users have been using free plan of iCloud. And just in case you don’t know, it gives you 5 GB of free storage. So, if you have multiple Apple devices, this amount seems pretty less. The only manual way of managing your storage is to choose what app data gets uploaded and what not.

Turning off app data

In case you are wondering what would happen when your turn off app data, it does not mean that app will not get reinstalled on your device in case of a restore. It means that app will get installed but its data will not get installed. So if you are someone who regularly back-ups their data from iPhone or iPad to a storage, turning off app data for Camera Roll will significantly help you. Or you can upgrade your iPhone storage just in case you want to store all things at one place.

How to view your iCloud storage?

Do you want to know how much storage you have used? It is pretty easy. Let’s check out.

  1. Open Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Apple ID icon with your name at the top.
  3. In the lower half of screen, you will see options like iTunes, iCloud etc. Tap on iCloud.
  4. The bar at the top shows details about the amount of storage used by each file type.

The perfect storage plan for you

Apart from basic usages such as Photos, Contacts, Calendar, etc., iCloud can also act as a central storage medium for all types of files. If you are planning on upgrading to paid plans, then answer these questions first:

  • Are you running out of 5 GB free storage available on iCloud?
  • Do you only use iCloud to store all your files or you use other services such as Google Drive or Dropbox?
  • Do you only use iCloud to save all your pictures and videos?
  • Are you also using iCloud on your desktop to save your data?

So, once you answer these questions for yourself, you will have a better understanding of how you use iCloud.

How to buy a storage plan for you?

  1. Tap on the iCloud storage graph that you saw a while ago.
  2. Click on Buy More Storage, see the middle screenshot for reference.
  3. Choose a plan for your needs and then tap on Buy to complete the purchase.

So, this was the first part of our guide on how to manage your iCloud storage. The next part will cover things like Syncing your app data with iCloudSetting up iCloud Keychain, Syncing your documents & data to iCloud, etc.

Stay tuned! Feel free to ask in case you need any help. And yes, don’t forget to share this post on social media with your friends.