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iCloud Storage Getting Low?
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.
Your first option is to manage your storage space, freeing up more space for more important data. Here are the steps:
- First, tap on your Settings icon.
- In the settings menu, tap on "iCloud".
- At the bottom of the screen, tap on "Storage & Backup".
- In the "Storage & Backup" screen, tap on "Manage Storage".
- At the top of the screen, tap on your device's name.
- 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.