If you don’t want to pay for iCloud storage but found yourself without enough storage to backup all your apps data, you may need to do a selective backup to iCloud. It’s no surprise to anyone that the 5GB of free iCloud storage that comes with iCloud accounts is not even enough for the average iPhone users, especially if you own multiple iOS devices.
iCloud backup is great only if you don’t go over the 5GB limit. Without enough storage, your device won’t be able to back up to iCloud, which is critical in the event you lose or break your phone then you can restore to a new iPhone. Therefore your photos and videos won’t upload to iCloud Photos and iCloud Drive. And you can’t also send or receive emails with your iCloud email address. That shouldn’t be an issue since most iPhone users don’t use it as their primary email.
One way you can free up iCloud storage is to choose what to back up to iCloud. The Photos app generally takes a lot of space in iCloud. So if you have a lot of photos you can use other alternative cloud storage service to back up your photos and keep them safe.
During your iPhone setup, if you’ve selected to use iCloud for backing up your iOS device, then after you install your apps, their settings, and data will automatically back up to iCloud on a regular basis. You can, however, choose which apps to back up to iCloud, that way you have more control over how much storage space can be used.
1. Open the Settings app of your iPhone
2. Tap your Name
3. Select iCloud
4. Tap Manage Storage
5. Tap Backups
6. Tap the name of the device you’re using
7. You may need to tap on “Show All Apps” if you don’t see a particular app. From there, you can start turning off any apps you don’t want to back up to iCloud.
A prompt will appear on the screen asking to confirm if indeed you want to turn off backups and delete the data that is currently in iCloud. Tap on “Turn off & Delete” to remove all apps information in iCloud.
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