Most cloud services come with some free storage in order to lure you into purchasing more. It’s a nice gesture, but it often fills up quickly. In today’s post, we discuss how to clear up space in your cloud.

Apple iCloud

The best option is to delete the files manually; this way, you don’t inadvertently delete the wrong files. Find the iCloud Drive folder in Finder or the Files app on your iPhone/iPad. Any file deleted from one device will be removed from all of the devices with your iCloud account. Another place to free up space is by deleting old iCloud backups. In addition, if you open up your iCloud settings, you will be able to toggle what apps and data you want backed up. Lastly, check the Photos app as well to see if there are any photos you can delete.

Google Drive

Log on to Google Drive on the web, then click the Storage link on the left. The biggest files in your Google Drive will appear at the top of the list. This is a great place to start when deciding on what to delete. You can also check My Drive and Computer folders to see additional data that could be deleted. Google’s cloud storage retains data from Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. To see where your drive space is going, go to the Google One page.

Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive doesn’t make it easy to get rid of files in bulk. However, OneDrive makes it simple to see where your storage space is going. If you sign in to OneDrive on the web and go to the Manage Storage page, a detailed breakdown of where the files stored is shown. Like with Google Drive, the files get sorted with the biggest at the top. Another place to look is the recycle bin on OneDrive. Emptying this will free up space without you needing to delete any files.


The Dropbox folder on Windows and Apple devices displays how much data you’ve stored in the cloud. You can find it by opening File Explorer or Finder. Dropbox doesn’t breakdown where data is stored within Dropbox like with the other cloud options mentioned. However, you can sort the files by size to identify the biggest files first.

A good rule of thumb is to start with videos and photos. These take up the most space in your cloud storage. If you found this article interesting or helpful, check out our other posts!