At iTandCoffee, we regularly see clients who are suffering a 'Storage Full' message, but are not clear on just what storage has run out.
While it may be the physical storage on the device (computer, iPad, iPhone, Android device) that has been filled up, so often it is a Cloud service that is the issue - eg. Dropbox, Google, or OneDrive, or iCloud.
These services will offer a limited amount of storage for free, and then payment is required for additional storage, with different tiers of storage payment. Once the available storage limit is reached, the decision must be made to either pay some/more money, or clean out whatever is filling up that cloud.
I have had two clients this week alone who had found their Google account was full, which then blocked their emails.
Another client had found that her Windows computer had filled up because of automatic syncing of photos to her computer by the iCloud Photos service - something she didn't really need, given that the computer had limited storage and was just for study/work.
And every week I see clients who have the 'iCloud full' issue, with persistent messages popping up.
So, when a client asks about a 'full storage' issue, further investigation is required and the resolution may be computer-based or 'cloud-based'.
In each case where this happens we need to first work out
Below we share our approach to cleaning up computer storage, as well as some helpful articles that provide some more specific advice about cleaning up your device's storage and iCloud storage. (Some articles are members-only articles for our iTandCoffee Club members. Find out more about The iTandCoffee Club here.)
Cleaning up storage on a computer
When I help a client clean up physical storage on a computer, I will generally look for (and remove)
Here are some previous articles from iTandCoffee about cleaning up your Mac's storage:
And here is a great article from Windows Central about how to clean up your Windows computer storage
Cleaning up an iPad and iPhone
Cleaning up a full iCloud
Cleaning up a full Google account and stopping unwanted sync'ing
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