5 Useful Tips for Saving Space On Your iCloud Backups
For many iPhone, iPad, and iPod owners, iCloud has become a vital tool for syncing important information across all devices and working without the need for a Mac or Windows PC. However, the free 5GB storage limit that comes with iCloud accounts can be quickly filled up, especially when backups are taking up space. If you’ve encountered this issue, here are 5 tips to help you free up space in your iCloud backup.
1. Check Your Photos
The first and most important tip to save space on your iCloud backups is to monitor your Camera Roll. The number of photos stored on iPhones can be surprising, especially considering that both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 have 8 megapixel cameras capable of producing large photo files. This combination makes it easy to quickly fill up your iCloud backup.
Please note that iCloud does not store photos indefinitely. It simply serves as a pathway for photos to be transferred to your computer and only retains each photo for 30 days. During this time, the photos are expected to sync to your Mac or Windows PC or to be transferred to a local album on your iOS device.
Enabling HDR on your photos can significantly improve their quality. However, keep in mind that each photo taken creates two copies, leading to a faster filling up of your iCloud backup. To disable HDR, open your iPhone’s Camera app and tap on Options at the top of the screen.
3. Consider Alternative Storage Options for Your Photos
You might want to consider not enabling iCloud backups for your photos, especially if you have a computer to store them. Additionally, there are services like SkyDrive, Google+, Flickr, and Dropbox where you can keep plenty of photos for free.
4. Be Careful With App Sizes
Another factor often overlooked by users is the apps they download. Productivity apps are usually less than 30 MB, so they don’t tend to be a problem. However, downloading games, especially 3D ones, can quickly take up gigabytes of backup space. A prime example is the popular game Infinity Blade II, which is a massive 1.03 GB in size.
5. App Data is Tricky
Downloading an app may not affect your iCloud backup space until you start downloading content. Certain types of apps, such as interactive art, magazine, text book, and manga readers, can quickly consume a large amount of space, with each issue taking up 500 MB or more. Video apps, like Azul, can also be major contributors. It’s important to monitor these apps to avoid excessive space usage.
Five simple tips can help you regain control of your iCloud backups. These effective strategies require no extra expense and only a small time investment.
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