What's the difference between device storage and iCloud storage?

Device storage is the available storage on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or other Apple device. With iCloud storage, you can store your content in the cloud to help optimize your storage and access files on any of your devices.

Device storage

An Apple device like an iPhone, iPad, or Mac comes with a set amount of storage. The more storage your device has, the more music, apps, photos, and other content you can store on that device. If your device storage is almost full or full, you might get an alert.

Here's how to check the amount of device storage you've used and, if needed, optimize and manage your storage space.

Check the device storage on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap iPhone Storage or iPad Storage to check the amount of device storage that you've used.
    Check your iPhone storage

If you want to free up storage space on your iPhone or iPad:

Check the device storage on your Mac

  1. From the Apple menu  in the corner of your screen, choose About This Mac.
    The About Mac option in the Apple Menu
  2. Select Storage to check the amount of device storage that you've used.
    Check your Mac storage

Learn how to free up storage space on your Mac.

 


iCloud storage

To help optimize your storage, you can also use iCloud storage. You can use iCloud storage to keep photos, videos, device backups, and more, and to access this content from all of your devices. When your iCloud storage is almost full or full, you might get an alert and you can buy more.

If you want to free up iCloud storage space:

Check your iCloud storage on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap your name.
  3. Tap iCloud to check the amount of iCloud storage that you've used.
    Your iCloud storage on iPhone

Check your iCloud storage on your Mac

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Select Apple ID.
  3. From the sidebar, select iCloud to check the amount of iCloud storage that you've used.
    Your iCloud storage on Mac

Check your iCloud storage on the web

  1. Log in to iCloud.com with your Apple ID.
  2. Select Account Settings.
    Account Settings on iCloud.com
  3. Check the amount of iCloud storage that you've used.
    Check your iCloud storage at iCloud.com
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