Here's how to manage your iCloud storage

Recently, my lovely wife started receiving messages from her iPhone 5s telling her that she was running out of iCloud space. The fact that she has about eight bazillion photos floating around (she never deletes ANY pic) could be the reason. She hasn't learned how to manage her iCloud storage. However, she — and you, if you haven't -- should. 

You have two choices when you reach or exceed your storage limit. One: you can upgrade your iCloud storage plan or reduce the amount of storage you're using.  You can reduce your iCloud storage by choosing which apps and backups to store, and you can move or delete documents, photos, and email messages that you no longer need. (Before you delete anything, you might want to archive or make copies of your iCloud data.)

Use these steps to see how much iCloud storage is available in your account.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  • If you're using iOS 8/9 or later, tap Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage.
  • If you're using an earlier version of iOS, tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.
  • On your Mac, go to Apple menu > System Preferences, click iCloud, then click Manage.
  • On your PC, open iCloud for Windows, then click Manage.

Okay, so you've decided you need to upgrade your iCloud storage plan. Here's how:

On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  • If you're using iOS 8/0 or later, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage. If you're using an earlier version of iOS, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.
  • Tap Buy More Storage or Change Storage Plan.
  • Choose an upgrade, then tap Buy and enter your Apple ID password.

On a Mac:

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  • Click Manage in the lower-right corner.
  • Click Buy More Storage or Change Storage Plan.
  • Choose an upgrade, then click Next and enter your Apple ID password.

On a PC:

  • Open iCloud for Windows.
  • Click Storage.
  • Click Change Storage Plan.
  • Choose an upgrade, then click Next.
  • Enter your Apple ID password, then click Buy.

The good news is that Apple has reduced iCloud pricing. The miserly 5GB plans are still free, while 50GB is $0.99 per month, 200GB is $2.99 per month, and that big new 1TB plan is $9.99 monthly.