iPads are great tablets and over 250 million have sold since inception. With the introduction of iCloud, you now are able to store all of your data on Apple’s cloud servers. iCloud allows you to  back-up apps, photos, document, email, reminders, calendars notes, Passbook, and passwords (keychain). All of your data is safe in iCloud and you can restore to a new device in under 60 minutes and not lose a thing. That is simply amazing!

There is a dark side to the iCloud backup; it is running out of space. Apple gives you 5 GB of space for free and then you can upgrade to 10 GB (20.00 a year), 20 GB (40.00 a year) and/or 50 GB (100.00 a year). Before you decide to upgrade, you should do a little spring cleaning to see if you can release some of that data and not spend your hard earned money.

Let’s go over how to clean up your iCloud account.

  1. Power on your iPad or iPhone.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap iCloud.
  4. Tap Storage and Backup.
  5. Tap Manage Storage. Backups can use up a ton of space. You do not need to keep old backups. Delete redundant backups and watch your space magically increase.

Next, review your settings in iCloud. Do you need to backup everything? Scroll through each of your iCloud settings and determine what needs to be backed up. For example, if you tap Settings | iCloud | Documents & Data, you have apps that show up that have data stored. You can turn off any data you do not want to backup.

After completing your audit of your iCloud account, now you can make a wise choice as to whether you need to purchase additional space or not. For more information on anything Apple or to take an iPad for a test drive, contact us.

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