Synchronization and storage of data in the cloud It has become essential for almost all of us, so it is completely normal that we have started to take into account not only the local storage of our devices but also what we have available in the cloud services that we use.
And since having more space in the cloud often entails paid subscriptions, it is something that is usually (or at least should be) managed with more care. But there is an obstacle that many applications present: its default configurations seek to saturate the space in the cloud as soon as possible.
How to saturate your cloud five minutes after configuring and installing the first applications on your iPhone
You may have come across this practice several times, here is a list with examples of what some applications do if you accept their default settings:
- When setting up a new Mac or updating your version of macOS, the Documents and Desktop folders take up space in iCloud Drive.
- When setting up a new iPhone, if we don’t explicitly prevent it, our photo roll it is stored in iCloud.
- In the same situation, an iPhone or iPad starts to do Backups system-wide automatic in iCloud.
- If you install Dropbox on a device with camera, all the photographs you take from that moment on will be copied to a folder in that service.
- If you install Dropbox on a Mac and you accept all the requests of the wizard, you go on to make a backup of the user’s main folders in the service.
- If you use the application Podcasts from Apple to manage the aforementioned, subscribing to a podcast without reviewing the subscription settings implies that the episodes of that Podcast will be downloaded without brake in the local storage of your device. That’s a time bomb for any iPhone or iPad that has iCloud backup turned on.
- Something very similar happens in the applications of Netflix for iOS and iPadOS and its auto-download function: if you don’t deactivate it, you can end up with several GB of series and movies from the service downloaded to your device without you even realizing it.
- Moving files from iCloud Drive to a local folder causes an alert to appear that the file “will be deleted” from iCloud Drive, leading to confuse users and make them believe that the file will disappear permanently.
- Whatsapp it backs up all your chats to iCloud, by default (but it doesn’t include videos). As there are no automatic deletion options for chats, they can occupy tens of GB in some instances.
Backup copies, uploading folders to the cloud, duplicating photos … all these options are welcome, but the problem is that if you are not attentive they are activated by default and saturate your cloud storage in a matter of minutes.
If you are an experienced user you know where to go and what settings to touch, these are things you can quickly avoid. But the vast majority of the general user ignores how all this works, activates all these options inadvertently and then has trouble understanding why your newly released clouds have already saturated.
The phenomenon reminds me of bloatware of Windows PCs from a few years ago, which you uninstall as soon as you launch them
It is a phenomenon that reminds me of bloatware of Windows PCs of a few years ago: while experienced users know that the first thing you can do when new to a PC is to uninstall all the programs that are left in Windows (antivirus demos, organizers …), the general user does not you do and you end up having software installed that you will never use.
Now that is reflected in all companies that want you to pay a monthly or annual fee to enjoy more space in the cloud. Of course, all of those companies have the right to promote their extra storage options. But we’ve reached a point where, seeing the problems my clients have more and more often, a lack of ethics begins to be accused.
How to solve it? With better warnings to the user, indicating what their files occupy and the storage available in the cloud and pointing out the options to choose from that moment. Maybe if you read this you do not need it as a fan that you are, but in my work I see how more and more people suffer the consequences.