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How to Access and Manage iCloud Drive Files From Any Device

The iCloud storage experience really differs depending on your platform or device. Each method has its limitations – but the one that gives you the most control is your Mac.

Understanding what is actually saved in your iCloud account and how to access it can be a little complicated, particularly if you’re seeing that dreaded notification that you’re running out of iCloud storage.

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So here’s how to access, manage, and upgrade your storage.

Manage iCloud on Your iOS Device
When it comes to managing your iCloud storage on your iOS device, you can delete any iCloud backups, including photos. You can also control which apps and file types will be backed up to your iCloud account.

Files and Photos
The new iOS 11 Files app provides a nice easy way to access your personal iCloud storage.

While you can choose whether to save photos, notes, contacts and more in your iCloud Drive from your iOS device, you can’t browse your iOS backups. The photos that are synced to your iCloud Drive should already be available right there on your phone.

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Manage and Upgrade Storage
To manage your iCloud storage, go to Settings on your iPhone or iPad. Tap your name at the top of the screen and then tap iCloud.

You’ll see how what how much of your iCloud storage is being used for backups, photos, and documents (or app data). You can toggle on and off which apps are using iCloud – including both native Apple apps and third-party apps.

How to Access and Manage iCloud Drive Files From Any Device iCloud iOS

Tap Manage Storage > Backup and you can delete any backups saved to iCloud – this includes backups from any iOS or Mac devices on which you use the same iCloud account, as well as data backed up from individual apps. If you do choose to delete a backup for any of your iOS devices, this will also turn off backup on that device.

To upgrade storage on your iOS device, go back to the Manage Storage screen and tap Change Storage Plan. If you’re running out of space in iCloud, you may see an Upgrade link instead.

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