Manage your photo and video storage

Find out how photos and videos use your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch storage, about ways to save space and how to upgrade your iCloud storage if you're running out.

The photos, music, apps and other content you use and enjoy on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch take up space in your device's storage capacity. And your device can fill up quickly depending on the size of its storage capacity and how much content you have. If you see a message stating that your device's storage is full, you can free up space by managing your photo and video storage.

Check how much storage you have

See how much storage you have left on your device and in iCloud, and which apps are using the most space.

Device storage

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap [device] Storage.
    Check device storage in Settings

You may see recommendations for optimising your storage, a list of your apps and the amount of space each one is using.

iCloud storage

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap [your name].
  3. Tap iCloud.
    Check device storage in iCloud

You'll see how much space you have left in iCloud, the apps using your storage and if you need to upgrade your storage plan.

Store your photos and videos in iCloud

Your photos and videos are stored on your device in their original, high-resolution version. This means that they use a lot of space on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. With iCloud Photos, you can make more space available on your device and have your entire collection with you, wherever you go.

Get started with iCloud Photos:

  1. Tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos.
  2. Turn on iCloud Photos.
  3. Select Optimise iPhone Storage to save space on your device.
    Store photos and videos in iCloud Photos

With Optimise Storage, smaller, space-saving photos and videos will be kept on your device while all of your original, full-resolution versions will be stored in iCloud. And as long as you have enough space in iCloud, you can store as many photos and videos as you want.

If you need more storage

When you sign up for iCloud, you'll get 5 GB of free storage automatically. If you need more iCloud storage, you can buy more starting at $0.99 (USD) a month. If you choose a 200 GB or 2 TB plan, you can share your storage with familyFind out more about iCloud storage prices in your country or region.

If you need more storage on your device, you can transfer the photos and videos that you don't want to store in iCloud to your computer.

If you need more help with your storage plan – for example, if you've bought more storage but can't see it in your account – contact Apple Support.

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