Saturday, October 15, 2011

How to Free Up Space in iCloud

I found that after my first sync after upgrading my iPad to IOS 5, I was already running out of space in my iCloud account.  Of course, the option to buy more space was immediately offered, but after doing a little digging, I was able to drastically reduce the amount of space I was using for backup.  Here's how:

1.  Go to Settings, then choose iCloud, then Storage

2.  Select Backup/Manage Storage

3.  Select the device you want to edit

4.  Deselect any Apps which you don't need to backup - especially those that don't include any data, those with data you have backed up in other places (like my photos) and apps that you can easily re-download from the App Store if you need to.

That's it - I was able to cut my iCloud usage by about half by eliminating just a few apps.  Now I need to figure out how to use the space I freed up!

Here's an Apple Support article with more details:


  1. Thanks - just what I was after - I never thought to look deeper in the iCloud storage menus. Now have 3.2GB free!

  2. Appreciated your instructions as thats exactly I was trying to figure out so thank you!