I kept getting a message on my fancy iPhone: “Could not backup this device (or send email, apparently) because your iCloud is full.” Yikes, what does that mean?
Apparently what it means is “buy more storage.” Buy more storage?
Just what am I using this storage unit for? I had to find “storage” first in order to figure that out.
Apparently my device was backing up every photo I ever took, to my cloud (who approved that?). As well as a bunch of information from apps like 7-11. Really? what information from 7-11 could I possibly need store, and pay for?
I pondered the concept of buying more storage to keep photos of my houseplants and the data on what size coffee I drank and when.
I texted my teenage son (because you know it’s rude to call). “Help me with my Cloud Thing, it’s full.” And I waited. I am not top text priority to my son.
“Hi Mom, you need to buy more storage or manage it online. Go to iCloud.com and manage ur backups and delete what u put on the Cloud that is now local.” What, does he work for Apple now? What does that even mean?
“I don’t want to pay for storage. Help me get things off here so that my Cloud is not full and will back up my phone?” Something tells me that an error about my device not being properly backed up… could be bad. But that’s where my grasp of technology ends.
While I waited for another response from my son, I went into storage solutions (I found it under settings) and started shutting off the Cloud backup option for things I didn’t really think I needed. Willy nilly.
My son beeped in: “It’s never a good idea to fill ur Cloud with photos I always back them up locally.” Photos of my dogs, my lunch, my sock drawer, cute shoes, close up shots of vegetables in the grocery store… Did I really want to obtain a storage unit for this?
I started thinking about it more. Buying additional storage space for such things was akin to paying for a storage unit to hold on to your black lacquer bedroom set from 1982, or your long since drained waterbed and old dingy plaid pull-out couch… why would anyone actually pay to store this stuff off-site?
I considered asking my son this question, but I’m pretty sure he has no concept of black lacquer or a water mattress. So I let it go.
“Yah, I would not back your photos up to the Cloud, just keep them locally.” By now I had figured out through context that locally meant on my phone, not the Cloud. Good thing I didn’t have to ask.
I deleted all my photos off the fancy Cloud in the sky, or wherever it resides. I shut off the backing up of photos to and from every single device I own option. But, it still showed my storage Cloud unit as full. Now what?
I remembered some good advice I had gotten once upon a time. Restart. When in doubt, restart.
That did the trick.
Goodbye black lacquer, goodbye giant water pouch, goodbye large coffee with milk and Splenda, goodbye sock and shoe photos….it’s time for me to let you go. Because you can’t keep everything, you can’t save every single thing that’s ever come into your life.
Eventually you have to come to terms with letting go.