A smartphone that is effectively divided into an “iPhone” and an “Android smartphone.” In the world, the share of Android smartphones, which have many manufacturers and models, is higher, but there are some “rare” markets in the world with a high share of iPhones.

iPhone has multiple internal storage capacities within the same model. If possible, most of us would like to buy one with a large capacity, but the main unit price will also be high. Many people may have bought a model with a small capacity in consideration of the budget.

However, unlike Android smartphones, the iPhone does not support additional storage . What if we run out of storage space?

In this article, we will introduce measures for “insufficient storage capacity” on iPhones that cannot add storage.

The First Thing to be Considered is “Cloud Storage”

The content of the data that squeezes the storage is different for each person, but there are many people who are squeezed by the data of photos, videos, and music.

Of these, if you make a habit of backing up (saving) photos and videos to cloud (online) storage at any time on your smartphone, you can save space by deleting the backed-up data from the main unit. Even if you delete it from the main unit, you can download it via the Internet and display / play it when necessary. Another advantage is that it is easy to share data with other smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

Data communication occurs when uploading data to or downloading from cloud storage. Some people may say, “I’m worried about the amount of communication …”, but if you set it to upload only when you are connected to Wi-Fi (wireless LAN), you can save the amount of communication.

If you have a contract for an unlimited capacity plan of a major carrier, you can ensure high convenience by setting automatic upload even during mobile (mobile phone) data communication. However, compared to Android smartphones, there are many cases where automatic uploading using the app does not work. If you use a service other than “iCloud”, we recommend that you start the app regularly to check it.

Major Cloud Storage Services

I think some people ask, “What kind of cloud storage do you have?” Therefore, I will introduce the main services that can be used on iPhone.


iCloud (Apple)

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It is a genuine Apple cloud storage service. Anyone with an Apple ID can use it, so the advantage is that it is the easiest to use for iPhone users. In addition, since the functions are integrated into iOS (iPhone OS), it is also attractive that there is no need to install apps.

Storage is available up to 5GB for free. If that’s not enough, you can increase your capacity by upgrading your storage plan for a fee, or by subscribing to Apple One, a collection of Apple’s major paid subscription services. You can pay these fees using the payment method you registered with your Apple ID.

The capacity line-up and the price including tax are as follows. If you have a plan with a capacity of 200GB or more, you can also share the storage capacity with your family.

Check for iCloud Storage additional capacity plan in your country.

Google Drive / Google Photos

A cloud storage/album service provided by Google. Anyone with a Google account (Gmail account) can use it. The Google Drive and Google Photos apps are separate, so if you want to save photos and videos, prepare the Google Photos app, and if you want to save other files, prepare the Google Drive app.

The storage capacity is the same as other Google services including Gmail (* 1), and you can use up to 15GB for free. In Google Photos, you can save the data capacity while preserving the image quality of the original photo/video as much as possible by setting “Save in high quality” (“Save in original image quality” allows you to save the original data. ).

(* 1) Photos/videos uploaded with the “Save in high quality” setting by May 31, 2021, will not be counted in the capacity. Photos/videos uploaded with the “Save in high quality” setting on Google’s Android smartphone “Pixel series” will not be counted in the capacity even after June 1, 2021.

If the capacity of 15GB is not enough, you can increase the capacity by subscribing to the paid “Google One”. You can pay the fee annually (excluding some capacity) or monthly by the payment method registered in “Google Pay” (Google account).

Check for Google One plans in your country.

In addition, since monthly payment also supports “in-app purchase” on Google Play / App Store, depending on the carrier, you can pay together with the mobile phone charge. However, please note that pricing may differ from the above.


It is a pioneer of cloud storage services and is characterized by relatively high data upload/download speeds. It is also attractive that it is easy to “restore” files that have been accidentally deleted or overwritten.

The free storage capacity is 2GB, but if you invite users, you can get an additional 1GB per person. If you want to automatically upload photos/videos on your smartphone with the free service, you need to install the desktop application on your computer.

If you don’t have enough space, or if you want to use photo/video upload without using a computer, you need to subscribe to the paid plan “Dropbox Plus” or “Dropbox Family”. For both plans, a contract will allocate 2TB (2000GB) of storage capacity, and you will be able to use “Smart Sync” (a setting to download and use data only when necessary) on your computer. For Family plans, up to 6 users can share storage space. Dropbox Plus / Family can be contracted monthly or annually.

Check for Dropbox Plus & Family plans in your country.

In addition, since the monthly payment of Dropbox Plus also supports “in-app purchase” of Google Play / App Store, depending on the carrier, you can pay it together with the mobile phone charge. However, the price may differ from when you sign up directly on the Dropbox website.

In addition, SOURCENEXT offers a “3-year version” (36-month license). If you use it for 3 years, it is better than paying the annual plan 3 times, so you may consider it.

OneDrive (Microsoft)

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It is a cloud storage service of Microsoft and is characterized by its high affinity with Windows.

The free storage capacity is 5GB. If you don’t have enough space, you’ll need to subscribe to a paid OneDrive Standalone or Microsoft 365 Personal.

The former is an option to add only the capacity of OneDrive, and you can use an additional capacity of 100GB for 224 yen (tax included) per month. The latter can use an additional 1TB of capacity for 1,284 yen (tax included) per month or 12,984 yen (tax included) per year, and also comes with the right to use the PC / smartphone/tablet application included in “Microsoft Office 365” .

Both support in-app purchases on Google Play / App Store, so depending on the carrier, you can pay with your mobile phone charges (Microsoft 365 Personal is only monthly). However, the price may differ from the direct contract on the Microsoft website.

If you use a lot of apps included in Microsoft Office on your computer, it is attractive to consider it as “cloud storage that can be used at no additional charge”.

Back Up Your Photos and Videos on Your Windows PC or Mac!

If you have a Windows computer or Mac, you can also connect your iPhone to a USB cable to back up your photos and videos. It is quicker and faster to back up your media this way than backing up using cloud storage such as iCloud.

However, please note that you may not be able to back up if there is not enough storage on your Windows computer or Mac.

Windows PC

On a Windows computer, you can back up your photos and videos by following the steps below.

  1. Connect your Windows computer and iPhone with a USB cable
  2. Open “Explorer”
  3. Right-click on the ” Apple iPhone ” icon in “PC”
  4. Click “Import images and videos” and wait for a while
  5. Check “Import all new items” and click “Next”
  6. Wait for a while

The backed up photos and videos are saved in the “Pictures” folder and “Capture” folder. You can also back up manually using Explorer, but we won’t explain it this time.

If you want to back up iPhone data “whole”, you need the “iTunes” app. However, this backup does not allow you to check individual photo/video files, so if you want to check each file individually, please do not use iTunes even if it is troublesome.

Mac (macOS)

On Mac, you can back up your photos and videos with the “Photos” app that comes standard with macOS. The procedure is as follows.

  1. Connect your Mac and iPhone with a USB cable
  2. Open the photo app
  3. Click “Load” on the window
  4. Click “Load all new photos”
  5. Wait for a while

If you want to back up the iPhone data “whole”, use the “Finder” or “iTunes” app depending on the version of macOS. However, you cannot check individual photo/video files with this backup, so if you want to check each file individually, please make a backup with the photo app.

There is Also a Dedicated External Memory

If you want to make a backup but don’t have a computer, you can also use the flash memory connected to iLightening. However, please note that, unlike Android smartphones, you need an app dedicated to each memory.

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Haruto Fujimoto

Well, I'm a geek, to say the least. I am hooked to mobiles, laptops, gaming consoles and other gadgets from a very young age. I spend about 15 hours/day on the internet, trying to satisfy the inner geek. Enjoy my writings.

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