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Learn iCloud Week: Free up iCloud space

Maxing out your free 5GB? Try out these tips in part seven of Learn iCloud Week

If you come up against iCloud’s free 5GB storage limit, there are a few ways you can slim down on the space you use. The obvious answer is to get rid of any unwanted data, but we’ve detailed a few obscure options below. Your final option is to buy more space.

1: Do you really need that file?

It’s an obvious one, but a quick clear out of unnecessary iWork documents can really free up a substantial amount of space.

2: Trash the trash, delete the sent

Head into your iCloud Mail account and empty your trash – a full can of emails and attachments will eat up space fast.

3: Lose your old iOS back-ups

In iCloud’s System Preferences, tap the Manage button and check out your device back-ups – lose the old to free up space.

4: Assess your app back-ups

On your iOS device, head into the Settings app, then iCloud to manage which apps are backed up. Bigger apps will hog the space!

5: Perform an iPhone spring clean

Having a clear out of your iDevice’s apps, music, notes and other items can really help to slim down your back-ups.

6: Buy more space!

As a last resort, you can always buy more iCloud space. This can be done from your iOS device or Mac, and it’s great value.