As you know, with iCloud Apple offers you 5GB of free storage, not much for new needs, especially when you have to synchronize multiple devices with the same account, and the space runs out quickly showing you the warning “iCloud Space Is Full“. It’s a nuisance when you can no longer synchronize your photos because space is no longer enough. In this case, the concern is legitimate and the risk is that the new photos will no longer be synchronized with the cloud, with the risk of losing them. You’re wondering if there are solutions to deal with this problem and what to do when you run out of iCloud backup space on your iPhone. In this article we try to answer these questions, helping you first to free up space on iCloud and avoid quickly filling the available space. Discover the solutions we offer you.

Whoever synchronizes devices with iCloud and the space has almost reached the limit, has probably seen the following message appear: “Insufficient memory: this iPhone is not able to backup because there is not enough memory available on iCloud. You can manage the storage system in Settings“.

If you are away from home and you are not in a position to backup to another device when you run out of iCloud backup space, the first thing to do is to recover space to contain, at least temporarily, all the photos of your trip. With this simple guide we want to help you reduce the size of your iCloud storage to buffer an emergency and then find a permanent solution.

What to do to free up space on iCloud for iPhone

Here are a series of operations that you can do to free up space on iPhone and increase the free space of iCloud of 5GB, waiting to increase your space for payment or choose other free services with more storage space.

Freeing up space on iCloud by deleting photos and videos

The biggest space issues on iOS devices are created by the amount of photos and videos you have on your device. It is possible to have a certain number of images in the library and videos not yet published on YouTube before being deleted, taking up considerable space. The best way to keep storage space low, not just for iCloud, but also for iPhone speed, is to delete excess photos and videos before backing up. Let’s see how to do it.

Delete Documents and Data to reduce the backup size on iCloud

If your photos and videos are not primarily responsible for the occupation of storage in iCloud, there are also other ways to free up space.

The most obvious is to manage your storage in Settings by deleting some of the documents or data that you do not need.

Step 1: Go to Settings> Apple ID> iCloud.

Step 2: Select an app in “Manage storage” (the app that takes up more space will be at the top of the list with the others below with smaller sizes).

Step 3: After selecting the application, click on the “Edit” tab at the top right and select the document to be removed or tap the “Delete all” tab at the end of the section.

Step 4: Repeat as needed with other apps until you fall below 5 GB of storage.

What data should or should not be backed up

If there are entire applications you do not need for backup, delete them like this:

Step 1: Go to Settings> Apple ID> iCloud

Step 2: In “Apps using iCloud” you can select or deselect the System Apps if you want or do not want them to be synchronized with iCloud.

Step 3: By scrolling down, you can select or deselect the other Apps by putting the lever in off at the Apps you do not want to synchronize with iCloud.

Check the other iOS devices

Please note that if you share multiple devices with the same iCloud account (iPhone, iPad, iPod), you must also manage the storage of these other devices. If your device uses only 2.3 GB of storage space, but you still receive the “Not Enough Storage” error message, you may need to check the storage on the other devices. Control your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to control where most of the memory is used.

Purchase iCloud storage space

You can increase the amount of storage space by purchasing more space on iCloud. Let’s see how it’s done.

Step 1: Go to Settings> Apple ID> iCloud

Step 2: Click on “Buy more storage

Step 3: Select the plan you are most interested in (50GB for $0.99/month, 200GB for $2.99/month, or 2TB for $9.99/month). Your iTunes account will immediately be charged and will automatically renew until you change or cancel the plan. You can even share 200 GB and 2 TB plans with your family.