I often get people telling me they got a message from Apple/iCloud that they are running out of iCloud memory and need to buy more storage, “What should they do?” (See a copy of a sample letter below.)

You can buy more storage, as they suggest, but backing up to your computer is much better.

a) Backing up to your computer, via iTunes, give a much fuller backup.
b) make sure you also back up your computer! A full back up is best to make sure your get your iPhone/ipad files.
c) the iCloud back up stores info from all devices that use the same Apple/iCloud ID in the same account.  You could separate your devices onto different accounts, but that will cause more headaches than its worth.
d) Go to Settings —> General —> Usage —> (iCloud) Manage Storage to see what is usage the memory and see if you can turn it off.  Some you can, some you can’t.

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