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How to Manage iCloud Backup Storage Smartly?

Every iPhone or iPad user know how to manage and backup data in iCloud Storage but very few of them are using them smartly. Learn how to manage iCloud backup storage smartly so you do not need to pay extra for your use.

If you have an iPhone or even an iPad, one of the things you want to set up is your iCloud account. This is because all your data will be automatically stored in iCloud and you will not lose anything. If you have apps, all the apps data will also be stored on iCloud. You do not have to do anything to back up your iPad or your iPhone. All you need to do is plug it in or connect it to Wi-Fi. The backup will happen without you doing anything else. When your device is charging, the backup will occur. So this means that you do not need iTunes anymore. Some people still prefer to backup via iTunes and that is okay too. But iCloud is much easier.

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To manage your iCloud storage, all you need to do is go to Settings. And then click on iCloud. Then click on Backup if it is not turned on. When you do this, you will get a warning that your device will no longer automatically back up to iTunes when you plug your device into your computer. If you are okay with this, turn the Backup on. When you do this, information that is in your accounts, your documents and also your settings will get automatically back upped. Also all your photos will get back upped too. Sometimes, you may get another message that tells you that you do not have enough storage to backup to iCloud. You may want to get more storage if this happens. So you will have to click on Upgrade Storage. Your free plan will have 5GB of free storage. You can then purchase more storage if there is not enough storage.

For an addition 99 cents a month, you can get 20GB of storage. That is not bad at all. If you need even more storage than that, you can pay $3.99 a month and get 200GB of storage. For $9.99 a month, you can get 500GB of storage. For $19.99, you can get ITB of storage. If you have selected a plan but later decide that you really do not want all that storage or that you are not using as much as you think you were going to use, you can then cancel the plan at any time. So this means that you can downgrade any time you want.

If you find that you do not have enough storage for your backups, you can disable some of the apps that you feel that do not need to be backed up. Be careful when you do this as you may be using some apps and need information from that app. I am very glad that I did not turn off back for Pages. I had written something in Pages that I needed and was not able to transfer that information to my computer because I was on a plane. I was however, able to access it via iCloud. Was I ever grateful that I had that backup.

Most of the time, it is your photos that take up a lot of space. So if you have a lot of photos, you may want to back them up somewhere else. For example you can disable your photo stream. So this will mean that your photos will not be backup up to iCloud. What you will need to do then is get another app where you can store your photos. This can be Flickr or even Google+. Make sure that the app that you get will automatically backup your photos.

If there is information that you do not need or are not using, you may want to disable it so that they do not get backed up. For example, I have a few game apps. I turn this off so that they do not get backed up. That saves some space. Also if you do not use iMovie or Keynote, turn those off too. But one of the dangers is that if you do start using apps such as Keynote, you will have to remember to turn is back on so that whatever you do in Keynote gets stored. If you find that there is nothing else that you can disable in order to increase the storage space, then buy additional storage. Select the lowest amount first and if you need even more than that, go to the next level up from that.


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