Out of all system notifications that one can get on an iPhone, the worst is the anxiety-provoking iCloud Storage notification. This notification informs users that iCloud Storage is either full or soon to be full. iPhones depend on iCloud to keep backups, Mail, Passwords, app data, and Photos (including videos). All of these are optional and one can argue that not all of them are necessary. Still, if you really want to stop getting iCloud Storage notifications on your iPhone, there are 3 ways to go about it:
- Delete some files from iCloud.
- Pay for extra storage with iCloud+.
- Disable iCloud Backup.
We explained everything below.
How to turn off iCloud Storage notifications?
You can’t turn off iCloud Storage notifications on your iPhone per se, but you can eliminate the reason why you get them. Namely, if you are so low on iCloud Storage space that new backups can’t be made, you get to hear about it regularly. Therefore, 3 ways to never hear from iCloud again are to either disable iCloud Backup, pay for iCloud+ and get extra storage, or simply make some space. I mean, 5GB of free storage is not enough for most. Especially if you sync your photos, videos, and other files to iCloud Photos and iCloud Drive.
If you are reluctant to spend $0.99 a month for 50GB ($2.99 for 200GB or $9.99 for 2TB), you should make some storage space. Deleting some files from iCloud should help. To do that, open Settings > AppleID > iCloud > Manage Account Storage. Choose apps or services and delete files. Or you can disable iCloud Backup and iCloud Photos and stop getting iCloud Storage notifications on your iPhone that way. If you would rather disable iCloud Backup and iCloud Photos, follow these instructions:
- Open Settings.
- Select your AppleID from the top.
- Choose iCloud.
- After that, select Photos and disable “Sync this iPhone“. However, have in mind that new photos and videos won’t sync with iCloud anymore. This won’t delete old photos and videos.
- Get back and open iCloud Backup.
- Then, disable “Back Up This iPhone“.
- Alternatively, you can disable iCloud Drive, too.
We don’t recommend disabling iCloud Backup unless you backed up your iPhone to a PC or Mac. Because, if something goes awry and you need to factory reset your iPhone, a recovery backup is a life-saver. You can use the iTunes client on Windows. On macOS, you just select Finder sidebar > General > Your iPhone and then choose “Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac”.
You can also back up photos and videos, so you don’t have to keep them on iCloud anymore. Most of the time, these files consume the most storage (4K videos are enormous). You can also use third-party cloud apps (Google Photos come to mind) to back up your photos and media files.
And, with that said, we can conclude this article. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you.
As we explained above, you can disable iCloud Backup, delete some backed-up files from iCloud, or pay for more storage.
You can disable storing your messages on iCloud by opening Settings > AppleID > iCloud > Manage Account Storage > Messages. There you can delete all backed-up messages and disable future backups.