Some of us can’t look at our phones without constant reminders that we’ve run out of space in the cloud. Off-site digital storage services, such as iCloud and Dropbox, allow us to store much more data than we could otherwise, but they are not unlimited. To free up more space in the cloud (and remove those annoying notifications), here’s what you need to do.
According to Gizmodo, the best way to clutter your cloud storage depends on the service you use. If you’re an Apple user, you can assess your situation by opening iCloud on your device (in iOS Settings and System Preferences on a Mac). You can also visit the iCloud page from a web browser and open Account Settings. From here, you have the option to manually clear the space by deleting individual files and old backups that you no longer need. Anything you delete from one device will automatically disappear from other devices connected to your Apple ID.
Dropbox works similarly. Just open the device’s Dropbox folder using Finder or File Explorer and go through the items individually. If you view cloud storage using a web browser, you can click Modified and select Size to see which files take up the most space. This way, you will know which items to prioritize in the purge.
Google Drive also gives you the option to evaluate files by size. All you have to do is click Storage on the left side of the page and you will see the files in your drive listed by default. Because Google Drive includes all of your Google Accounts, remember to search for deleted emails as well as documents. Google suggests connecting the search phrase “has: attachment larger: 5m” to your inbox to find emails with attachments larger than 5 MB.
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