When Apple released macOS 10.12 Sierra, it changed the way it handles your data. Instead of keeping the "Documents" and "Desktop" folders on the Mac locally, it added those locations into iCloud. Since Apple only gives you 5GB of cloud storage for free, you would need to buy more storage to storage more files unless you turn that feature off.
Doug recently updated to macOS 10.12.3 and now he's getting a lot of beach balling. Leo says that Apple made a change to macOS that turns the Documents folder into an iCloud folder, and Apple never warned anyone about it. Fortunately, he can turn it off in the System Preferences. That's probably where the problem lies. What Apple has discovered is that they make almost as much from services like iCloud as they do from selling iPhones. So they're more likely driving him towards putting all of his data in the cloud so he'll have to buy more space.
Doug is confused how iTunes works with backups. What is the "other" section of his iPad? Leo says that "other" in his iPad is cache files and other stuff that can't be deleted unless he does a restore. The trouble is that a lot of stuff gets saved there and it can build up over time. Leo recommends backing up his device, then erasing it and restoring it. It will then remove all those temp files. This is really the only way to do it.
Your photos are likely the most valuable and irreplaceable things on your smartphone. This is why it's essential to have a solid backup in case something goes wrong, or you lose your phone. You can always just connect the phone to your computer and drag the files over, but this requires that you remember to do it frequently. It's even better if it happens automatically, and fortunately there are several places you can backup to in the cloud:
Tim doesn't want to use iCloud for backing up his images because he uses Android, while his wife uses the iPhone. Leo says that he can buy 200GB for about $3 a month. Not a bad price. But there are plenty of other choices out there. Google Photos is an amazing solution for both Android and iPhone.
John wants to know if he can delete the multiple backups on iCloud. Leo says he can manage his iCloud storage and delete the backups, but he'll want to be sure he has another backup on his computer first. Then once he has that done, he's free to delete them. Then he can turn off the backup to iCloud on those other devices.
Lori is having a problem with her iPad 2. She syncs it over Wi-Fi, but lately when she tries to plug it in to her PC, it won't let her sync. It just requests to restore to a backup. Jason says that the PC is looking at the iPad as if it's a new one and can't identify it. Updating iTunes on the PC and iOS on the iPad could help. The iPad 2 doesn't support iOS 10, though. She may be at the end of the line there. If it offers to set it up as a new iPad, that may be OK, as it pulls the data off the iPad and syncs it. That can be scary, so Lori should have iCloud backup enabled.
Dennis backs up to iCloud with his mobile phone but when he wants to get his file back from the cloud, it takes forever. Leo says he has to realize that videos are huge, and take up a lot of bandwidth. Especially in HD. He shouldn't just rely on iCloud, though. Google Photos is free and it will automatically backup his images and videos in the cloud, and it's unlimited.
Brandon needs to recover text messages that he deleted from his iPhone 5S. Leo says that if he's deleted a text, there really isn't a way to recover it. However, his carrier will almost certainly have a copy of the message, if it used SMS (the green bubble), so he could try and ask them. He could also look in the Messages (iMessage is the blue bubble) app on his desktop. If he has text messages still on his phone and he wants to get them off, then eCamm has a utility to download them. Another option is the iCloud backup.
Darlene has over 6,000 images on her phone. She's been backing them up to Google Photos, and when she signed up for iCloud Photos, it put all 6,000 images back on her phone! Leo says she can turn off the iCloud photo library, but at least leave the Photo Stream turned on. That will erase all of them from her phone. Amazon Prime is another good option for storing photos, as is Yahoo's Flickr, which offers 1TB of free storage.