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iCloud Storage Getting Low?

Updated on December 5, 2012
Screenshot from iPhone 5
Screenshot from iPhone 5

The Problem

I love Apple products and I use them on a daily basis. My iPhone is always with me and I am constantly taking photos, videos and downloading apps. Of course, I want to keep all of things photos, videos and app data safe and backed up as often as possible. With the introduction of iCloud, it is now easier than ever to accomplish this. Apple has finally offered a fantastic way to wirelessly back up all of your important data. However, they only give you 5 gigabytes of storage for free. That may have been a lot of storage space a few years ago, but today it just doesn't cut it. The iPhone's cameras are getting better all the time and that means that the file size of the photos and videos you take are getting larger and larger. The applications are also getting larger in size as well. So, this means that the 5 gigabytes of storage space you thought was enough, quickly diminishes and you are left with the tough decision of deleting some photos or apps that aren't quite as important to you as others. However, you do have the ability to manage your storage so that more space opens up for more important data. There are two solutions you can look into.

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In the settings menu, tap on "iCloud".Tap on "Storage & Backup".Tap on "Manage Storage". Tap on your device name at the top of the screen.Tap backup on or off for each individual app.
In the settings menu, tap on "iCloud".
In the settings menu, tap on "iCloud". | Source
Tap on "Storage & Backup".
Tap on "Storage & Backup". | Source
Tap on "Manage Storage".
Tap on "Manage Storage". | Source
Tap on your device name at the top of the screen.
Tap on your device name at the top of the screen. | Source
Tap backup on or off for each individual app.
Tap backup on or off for each individual app. | Source

The Solutions

Your first option is to manage your storage space, freeing up more space for more important data. Here are the steps:

  1. First, tap on your Settings icon.
  2. In the settings menu, tap on "iCloud".
  3. At the bottom of the screen, tap on "Storage & Backup".
  4. In the "Storage & Backup" screen, tap on "Manage Storage".
  5. At the top of the screen, tap on your device's name.
  6. Once you're at the "Info" screen, you can go through every app on your device and turn iCloud backup on or off.

This gives you the ability to turn off data backup for a silly game you barely play to free up more storage for your precious photos. You may have apps backing up data that you never knew about.

Your second solution is to look into an app called "Carbonite". This app actually backs up all of your photos and videos to their servers. As of the date this article was written, this feature is free and gives you unlimited storage for your photos and videos on your iPhone. However, you must already have a paid account for your PC or Mac computer. I pay a yearly price to have all of my data on my iMac backed up to the Carbonite servers. If anything ever happened to my computer, all of my photos, videos and data would be safe and backed up to the cloud. They just recently updated their iPhone app to include backup for your phone for free. Well, like I said, you have to already have an account, so is it really free? But, it's a great option to get past Apple's limited 5 gigabytes.

Or, if you have the money, you can simply upgrade your iPhone's iCloud storage. You can get up to 55 gigabytes of storage for $100.00 per year.

Please post a comment if you've used Carbonite on your iPhone, or if you're someone who has an upgraded iCloud storage plan.


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      Michael Carattini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you so much! Please share it with others!

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      Missy 5 years ago from London

      This hub was so useful! Voted up, thank you!

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      Michael Carattini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you very much! I intend to write many more similar to this one. Thanks again!

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      Russ Moran 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Thank you for great and useful advice. Well written hub with excellent use of screen shots. Welcome to hubpages. Look forward to more of your hubs