Apple’s iCloud service is a godsend for iPhone and iPad owners. You can get 5GB of free space at the beginning you set up iCloud. But the amount of iCloud storage that you are given for free is generally more than adequate for most users. You may get these emails from Apple saying Your iCloud storage is almost full. You have XX MB remaining of XX GB total storage or same message like Your iCloud storage is full.

Basically you have two options: The first option is that you can purchase additional storage from Apple. For instance, in the USA, Apple offers: 50GB: $0.99; 200GB: $2.99; 2TB: $9.99. The other option is that you can free up iCloud storage to release more space.

Luckily, there are some pretty easy ways to manage your iCloud situation straight from your iOS device.  Since you’re already here, here are the easiest ways to clear up your iCloud storage without paying for more.

This post will share you 3 methods to free up iCloud storage on iPhone XR/XS Max/XS/X/8 Plus/8/7/7 Plus/SE/6s/6/5s/5.  Read on now.

Part 1. Check How Much iCloud Storage You Have

Before freeing up space in iCloud, the first thing you should do is to go to check what data you have in iCloud and how much space it’s taking up. Here is how:

The data that typically take up a lot of iCloud storage space are:

check storage on iPhone

Part 2. Free up iCloud Space by Clеаning Junk & Tеmр Fіlеѕ on iPhone

If you don’t want to purchase additional storage from Apple. You can get help with a software like PanFone iOS Eraser. You are able to uѕe the frее funсtіоn оf cleaning junk & temp fіlеѕ to clean up and speed up your iPhone for you.

connect iPhone to computer

Within three steps, you can free up your iCloud storage. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Launch PanFone iOS Data Eraser and connect your iPhone to your computer. And remember to turn off Find My iPhone first if you want to permanently wipe your iPhone data.

Step 2: Select Free Up Space mode and then click Quick Scan a full space-saving analysis.

free up iCloud storage

Step 3: After scanning is complete, it is clear that you do have huge space to save. You can tap the Clean button beside junk & tеmроrаrу files to clean up the space.

clean iPhone junk

After that, you will see how much space has been released.

Part 3. Clean up iCloud Space by Managing Your Backups

There is a good chance that your backups are taking up most of your space. If you have backups from your old device, you can just go ahead and delete those.

Step 1: Navigate to iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage in Settings.

Step 2: Touch the device’s name at the top to view more details.

tap device name

Step 3: Under Backup Options, disable the apps you don’t need to back up. And the data will be removed from your iCloud storage online and won’t be part of future backups.

Step 4: If you need more space, you can: tap on the old device(if it appears in the list), scroll down and click Delete Backup. Or, go back to the main iCloud interface, choose Backup and disable iCloud Backup for more space.

delete old backup

Part 4. Clear iCloud Space by Reducing Size of Your iCloud Photos

From part one, you can see photos take up most of my iCloud storage. To reduce iCloud storage, you can exclude your photos from your iCloud backups, then download all the photos and videos you have in iCloud to your computer, and then delete all the photos and videos from your iCloud to free up your iCloud storage.

Step 1: Exclude photos from iCloud Backup.

To do this, go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > Manage Storage > Photos > Disable and Delete. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to restore your pictures from the iCloud backup later.

Exclude photos from iCloud Backup.

Step 2: Back up all iCloud photos to the PC.

You can do that in a few clicks with Syncios iOS Manager. It helps you easily transfer iCloud Photo Stream to PC.

Back up all iCloud photos to the PC.

Step 3: Delete pictures from iCloud.

Now erase all photos from iCloud to create even more iCloud storage space. If you don’t want the new photos to be uploaded to iCloud, you can disable your iCloud Photo Library.

That’s all there is to it. Following these solutions should free up your iCloud storage as much as possible.

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