To efficiently manage iCloud storage on Android, you have to first to make the service work on Google’s operating system. Smartphone and tablet users need storage space now more than ever, and it’s quite a shame that the Apple iCloud storage service isn’t officially released for Android. In this post, we’ll teach you how to manage iCloud storage on Android, and we’ll also throw in a few tips and tricks like how to delete photos from iCloud, apps and any other data.
But first, what is iCloud storage? iCloud is one of the best storage services at the current moment. It helps the user keep everything from contacts, e-mail, tasks and calendar synched across multiple devices. Managing iCloud storage may seem quite easy at first, but it has its moments of frustration, and we are here to alleviate those issues. Scroll below and start learning how to manage iCloud storage on Android, with the same principles applying to its iOS counter-part.
How to make iCloud storage work on Android
It’s a well known fact that Apple doesn’t like to play nice with other ecosystems, so if you are planning on managing your iCloud storage on Android devices, you first need to go through some steps.
Email is your friend
If you own an Android device, then you have the Gmail app installed, as well as another app called Email. You’ll be using the Email app to access your iCloud e-mail, but you can also use Yahoo! Mail, Aqua Mail, K-9 Mail, or MailDroid. The same principles explained below will also work for the aforementioned services.
- Go to the Email app and open it. On the top-right corner you’ll find a menu button, tap it. However, if this is the first time you access the Email app, open it and go directly to step #3.
- Press on Add Account.
- Type your iCloud credentials – password, and e-mail address; afterwards, press Next.
- Don’t worry, pick IMAP even though you may not know what it is, and select Next. We’ll explain everything in a second.
- You’ll be prompted with the Incoming Server Settings window. Delete de “@icloud.com” from the username.
- At the IMAP Server field, change the entry to “imap.mail.me.com”.
- The Security Type field has to be set to “SSL/TLS (Accept all certificates)”.
- The port field should be set to “993”. Afterwards, tap Next.
- You’ll be prompted with the Outgoing Server Settings Window. Here, you’ll have to change the SMTP Server field to “smtp.mail.me.com”.
- The Security Type should read “STARTTLS”.
- The Port field should be set to “587”.
- Press Next to finish the process.
Voila, you are done. You can now start managing iCloud storage on Android devices.
How do you manage iCloud storage on Android (Mobile Devices)
Now that you’re finished with the iCloud Storage for Android setup, you can start to learn how to manage your iCloud storage. The same principles apply for iOS as well.
How to delete apps from iCloud storage
We all have downloaded a seemingly awesome app to find that it’s riddled with micro-transactions, or it just isn’t as fun as we originally thought. It happens from time to time, and with iCloud, we can choose to store everything from music, device settings, app data, and purchases.
What happens when we have unwanted apps that we want to remove from iCloud? Is it possible to delete data from the cloud?
Well, it’s a fickle business. It’s a yes and no answer.
You see, contrary to popular belief, iCloud doesn’t store any app purchases. Instead, in order to effectively manage storage on iCloud, it creates a list of all the apps that a user has either downloaded or purchased in the past, and it offers the option to re-download them straight to your device at any time you want – as well as re-download them straight into iTunes.
This means that regardless of how many apps you have purchased or downloaded, they don’t count as used space on your iCloud storage quota. And for no apparent reason, Apple doesn’t let you manage your iCloud storage by simply deleting them. You can, however, hide them so they don’t show up on your purchase history list. Meaning that they are dead and gone.
- Open iTunes, either on Windows or a Mac machine, and enter the iTunes Store.
- On the window to the right, where you have Quick Links and your usual Redeem, Buy iTunes Gifts, Power Search, Browse, Account and so on, at almost the bottom of the list, you’ll see Purchased. Click on it so it takes you to your purchase history.
- Afterwards, when the next window is prompted, you’ll see the Apps category. Click on it, and the list of everything you have downloaded or purchased will appear.
- Hover with your mouse over the app icon and an “X” will appear. Click it if you want to hide that app.
- Your list of downloaded or purchased apps will be updated and you will never see that app ever again!
Un-hide hidden apps on iCloud storage
If for whatever reason, when managing storage on iCloud, you want to un-hide the apps you hidden in the past, you can do the following:
- Open iTunes on your Windows PC or Mac, and log into your account.
- Click on Account.
- Scroll down until you see View Hidden Purchases, and click on it.
- You’ll be prompted with the usual categories. Go to Apps, and there you’ll see all of the previously hidden apps.
- Each app has a “Unhide” button just beneath their title and description, click on it to restore them to your iCloud Purchases.
How to delete data from iCloud
To effectively manage my iCloud storage, I usually delete out-dated data – be it blurred photos, music I don’t like any more, or documents that I have archived somewhere else.
The best way for Android users to manage storage iCloud data is to take to their Mac or PC machine.
On OS X
- Go to the Apple Menu.
- Select System Preferences.
- Click on iCloud.
- Now you have the option to select what backups you want to remove, then click Delete.
- Open the iCloud app for Windows.
- Select Storage.
- You will be prompted with a list consisting of backed up items.
- Select which one of the device backups you want to remove and click on Delete.
How to delete photos from iCloud (Including Videos)
To manage iCloud storage when it’s filled with unwanted photos, or videos,, just log into your account on iCloud.com, go to Photos, select what you want to remove, and click on the trash can icon, which is embroidered with Delete.
When managing storage on iCloud, you may delete a photo, or a video, that you didn’t want to – I know I have, more times that I wish to admit. When you’ve done so log into iCloud.com, click on Photos.At the very top you’ll find Albums, click on it. Then, you’ll be prompted with a Recently Deleted page, select which videos or pics you want to recover and press the “Recover” button.
iCloud storage full but it’s not
iCloud storage management, like any other software, may have its bugs. But before you contact Apple support, first check if it isn’t a human-error. If you happen upon the message that iCloud storage is full, even though you know you didn’t backed up your quota’s worth, first check how much available space you have.
For Android users that want to manage storage in iCloud, the best option is to use a Mac or a Windows PC.
- Go to the Apple Menu.
- Select System Preferences.
- Click on iCloud.
- Select Storage & Backup.
- Open your iCloud for Windows app.
- Click on Manage.
If you have available space, but you still get the message that iCloud storage is full, then you have to contact Apple support so they can fix your account on the server side.
So, today you have learned to efficiently manage iCloud Storage on your Android device. Remember, all these principles apply for iOS use as well. Below, you’ll find a detail list on iCloud storage pricing, as well as a what we like and don’t like regarding Apple’s service.
iCloud Storage Service
What we like: It has a free option, and you can add 1 GB of storage space for certain apps and services. It’s super easy to install on Windows computers, and it comes already installed on iOS devices, as well as on OS X machines.
What we don’t like: iCloud storage pricing is really expensive and you can get better deals from its competitors like Google Drive, Amazon, and so on. It can get confusing on some devices if you have to manage iCloud storage.