Not enough iCloud storage – How to manage your iCloud account

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Not enough storageIf you have ever gotten the message, “Not Enough Storage. This iPhone / iPad cannot be backed up because there is not enough iCloud storage available,” then it’s time to manage your iCloud account.

Of course, you can do the obvious and upgrade your iCloud storage, but that will set you back $20 a year for 10GB, $40 a year for 20GB or $100 a year for 50GB of data. Before you upgrade, try some of these tips to free up some space and see if you can get by with the 5GBs of free data.

iCloud Tips

You can easily browse through your iCloud setting on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and find out exactly what is eating up your iCloud storage. To do so, go to Setting-> iCloud-> Storage & Backup-> Manage Storage. Here you can see which devices and apps are using the most storage.

iCloud Settings

You can tap on the device under Backups and turn off certain apps that are using iCloud to free up some space.

Manage iCloud

From here you can also delete your backup data. However, it would be a good idea to plug your iPad into your computer and sync it first to create a backup in iTunes. Then, you can tap Delete Backup.

If you want to continue to use iCloud to backup your device, go to Setting-> iCloud-> Storage & Backup and turn on iCloud Backup.

Don’t Share Your iCloud Account

Do not share your iCloud account with other family members. You will want to have all of Your iOS devices using the same iCloud account, but if there are other household members using iOS devices, let them use their own iCloud account. That will give each person 5GB of free data and keep you from getting on wanted items on your devices.

Some people may find it necessary to pay for additional storage, but most iOS users will do just fine using the 5GB of free storage if managed properly.

  • Charlotte Zerof

    How do I eliminate video files from my iPad? I down loaded two seasons of a series and they are stuck. Even when I increased my storage. Thank you, this is very helpful.

  • ольга

    Дело в том. что это сообщение висит над всем экраном и блокирует его полностью, т.е. его не разблокировать и не выключить, и на самом сообщении не нажимаются кнопки закрыть и установка.

  • Barbara

    I have the Not Enough Storage – this iPad cannot be backed up because there is not enough iCloud storage available. You can manage your storage in Settings message. BUT I can neither close or click on Settings. The above message will not let me do anything. I cannot reboot or do anything! What do I do???

  • Trish Howell

    I have the Not Enough Storage – the iPad cannot be backed up because I have not enough iCloud storage available. I cannot close or click on settings.
    I cannot reboot or do anything. I bought more i-cloud space using my i-phone which I hoped would enable me to reboot my i-pad but i-pad frozen and will not let me do anything Please help!!!!!!!!

  • donata

    I have the Not Enough Storage – this iPad cannot be backed up because there is not enough iCloud storage available. You can manage your storage in Settings message. BUT I can neither close or click on Settings. The above message will not let me do anything. I cannot reboot or do anything! What do I do???