To free up space on your iCloud Drive, you can manage your stored files, optimize device settings, and delete unnecessary items. Here are steps to help you with this process:

On iPhone or iPad:

  1. Check iCloud Storage:
    • Go to “Settings” on your device.
    • Tap your name at the top.
    • Select “iCloud” and then “Manage Storage.”
  2. Review and Delete Files:
    • In “Manage Storage,” review the apps using iCloud.
    • Delete unnecessary files or documents from each app.
  3. Photos and Videos:
    • If you use iCloud Photos, review and delete unwanted photos or videos to clear up space.
  4. Messages:
    • In “Messages,” review and delete old message attachments or conversations.
  5. Optimize Photos:
    • Go to “Settings” > “Photos.”
    • Enable “Optimize iPhone Storage” to store smaller versions of photos on your device.

On Mac:

  1. Check iCloud Storage:
    • Click on the Apple logo and choose “System Preferences.”
    • Select “Apple ID” and go to “iCloud.”
    • Click on “Manage.”
  2. Review and Delete Files:
    • In “Manage Storage,” review apps and delete unnecessary files or documents.
  3. Desktop and Documents:
    • If you use “Desktop & Documents Folders,” review and move large files to an external drive.
  4. Optimize Photos:
    • Open the Photos app.
    • Go to “Photos” > “Preferences.”
    • Enable “Optimize Mac Storage” to store smaller versions of photos on your Mac.
  5. Empty Trash:
    • Make sure to empty the trash on your Mac to permanently delete files.


  1. Log In to iCloud:
    • Go to and log in with your Apple ID.
  2. Access iCloud Drive:
    • Click on “iCloud Drive.”
  3. Review and Delete:
    • Review the contents of your iCloud Drive.
    • Delete unnecessary files by selecting them and clicking the delete button.
  4. Empty Recently Deleted:
    • Check the “Recently Deleted” folder and permanently delete items to free up space.

Additional Tips:

  • Optimize iPhone Storage:
    • On your iPhone, go to “Settings” > “Photos” and enable “Optimize iPhone Storage.”
  • Disable iCloud Drive for Apps:
    • In iCloud settings, disable iCloud Drive for apps that you don’t need to sync.
  • Manage Backups:
    • Check iCloud Backup settings and manage device backups to save space.

By regularly managing your iCloud storage and removing unnecessary files, you can optimize space and ensure your iCloud Drive remains organized.

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