Why Is There a Cloud Icon Next to Some of the Apps on My iPhone?

The iOS 11 update for the iPhone included a few new features, like the ability to record your screen, but it also has a new component that offers additional ways for you to increase your available storage.

One of these methods involves offloading unused apps from your device. It’s very likely that you have some apps on your iPhone that you’ve never used, or haven’t used in a while. If so, you can follow one of the storage recommendations that will automatically offload your unused apps. Offloading apps is a little different than uninstalling them. The app’s data will remain on the device, and its icon will also remain, albeit with the included cloud icon shown below.

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If you tap an app icon with that cloud icon next to it, the app will reinstall itself on your iPhone. Our guide below will show you where to find the option to offload apps so that you can use it if you see fit.


How to Find iPhone Storage Suggestions

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.3. Note that this option was only introduced in iOS 11, so you won’t be able to use it if you haven’t updated to that version of the operating system. You can read this article for more ways to save space on your iPhone which won’t require you to have updated to iOS 11.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

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Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.

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Step 3: Select the iPhone Storage item.

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Step 4: View the suggestions in the Recommendations section for ways that you can save space on your device. Note that there may be a See more button if there are additional options that can increase your available storage.

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You can read this article on how to offload unused apps on an iPhone if this is something that you would like to do to save space on your device.


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