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OS X Mavericks: Manage iCloud storage

Manage iCloud storage

When you sign up for iCloud, you automatically get 5GB of free storage. Your iCloud storage is used for iOS device backups, app data and documents stored in iCloud, and iCloud Mail (your @icloud.com email account).

If you run out of space, there are several ways you can increase your available iCloud storage. For example, you can change which iOS apps you back up, remove the backup of a device you have replaced, or delete documents you no longer need. You can also increase your storage by upgrading your storage plan.

You manage iCloud storage in iCloud preferences on your Mac.

In iCloud preferences, click Manage, then do any of the following:
Option Description
See how an app is using storage: Select the app in the list.
Remove an iOS device backup: Click Backups on the left, select an iOS device on the right whose backup you don’t need, then click Delete (below the list of backups).
Remove documents: Select an app on the left, select one or more documents on the right, then click Delete (below the list of apps). To remove all documents for the selected app, click Delete All.

You can also remove documents from iCloud by moving them to your Mac. For instructions, see:

Create and save documents

Reduce email storage space: Delete messages, then permanently erase deleted messages from the Trash mailbox. You can also move messages from iCloud to your Mac. For instructions, see:

Delete messages

Move and copy messages

Change your storage plan: Click Change Storage Plan, choose the amount of storage you want, then follow the instructions.

For details about upgrading and downgrading iCloud storage and ways to free up space from your iOS device, see:

iCloud Help

Last Modified: May 8, 2014
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