How to See What’s in Your iCloud Storage


In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the importance of managing one’s digital footprint cannot be understated. iCloud storage, Apple’s cloud-based solution for storing and syncing data across devices, has become a vital tool for millions of users worldwide. But have you ever wondered what exactly resides in the virtual depths of your iCloud storage? This article will delve into the compelling reasons why you should explore the contents of your iCloud account, from ensuring data security and privacy to optimizing storage space and managing your digital assets effectively. By understanding what’s in your iCloud storage, you can take control of your digital life, safeguard your information, and make the most out of your Apple devices.

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Steps to See What’s in Your iCloud Storage

  1. Launch the “Settings” app, and then tap your name at the top of the menu.

  1. Tap “iCloud” on the Apple ID screen.

  1. Tap “Manage Storage” on the iCloud menu. The iCloud Storage screen is displayed.

  1. You can see the overall total of how much iCloud storage you have and how much you’ve used at the top.

You’ll also see a high-level overview of the type of data you have stored in iCloud in that section as well.

At the bottom of this screen is where you’ll find a more detailed breakout of what you’re storing in iCloud and how much data is associated with each of those items. You can tap any of these items to see more information about what you’re storing for that particular item.

What Type of Data Can be Stored in Apple iPhone or iPad iCloud Storage?

  1. Photos and videos
  2. Documents and files
  3. Contacts and calendars
  4. Email
  5. Music and podcasts
  6. Apps and app data
  7. iCloud backups

Is iCloud Storage Safe?

Apple’s iCloud storage is generally considered an incredibly safe place to store your data for the following reasons:

  1. Encryption: Data stored in iCloud is encrypted both in transit and at rest. As a result, this data is encoded every step of the way on its journey from your device to where is will be stored on Apple’s servers.
  2. Two-factor Authentication (2FA): 2FA requires anyone trying to access your iCloud data to provide your account password and also a verification code. This is an added measure to help ensure hackers and other unsavory characters don’t break into your account.
  3. Regular Software Patches: Apple is very good about monitoring security threats, and very quickly pushing out software updates for iCloud that shore up vulnerabilities.

Reasons Someone May Not Want to Store Data in iCloud

While iCloud is generally a safe storage option, there are some standard reasons people choose not to use it:

  1. Privacy: No matter how safe iCloud is, some people don’t like the idea of their data somewhere they don’t have complete and total control over it. If you don’t like the idea of your data sitting on a server that you can’t physically see and touch, iCloud may not be the best option for you.
  2. Limited Storage and Costs: The costs of storing your data on iCloud are expensive than most other cloud storage options, which can be prohibitive. In line with this, you can spend less for a less storage space, but for most people this will only work as a short-term solution, and you’ll run out of space and be faced with either paying for more storage or exploring other cloud options.
  3. Apple Dependency: No matter how much you like Apple, you may not feel completely comfortable putting yourself too much at the mercy of one company. As a result, you may feel better diversifying away from Apple and using another company, such as Google, as your cloud storage provider.

About Max

Max has nearly 20 years of experience working in IT across three different industries in project management and management capacities: publishing, telecommunications and healthcare. He holds the following degrees and certifications: BS Communications, MA Communications, MBA and Project Management Professional (PMP). His tutorial-focused YouTube channel earned more than 100,000 subscribers in its first four years, and currently has more than 160,000 subscribers, 110,000,000 video views and an insane 2.4 million hours of watch time. Max enjoys learning new technology, reading and collecting comic books, listening to audiobooks and playing video games.

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