ICloud Backup for iPhone and iPad can be a rescue tool if you lose your device. But if you back up your device regularly to the cloud, or you simply don’t have enough iCloud storage, you may want to turn off the feature.
Your iPhone or iPad can automatically back up data overnight when you sleep. ICloud backup includes your app data, Apple Watch appearance, device settings, home screen organization, iMessages, photos, videos, purchase history, Call number and password tones for visual voicemail.
Device-specific iCloud backups are limited to data stored on your device. It does not include things like iCloud photos, iMessages in iCloud, voice notes, notes, iCloud Drive, contacts, calendar, bookmarks, etc.
Before you choose to delete data from any app on iCloud or turn off iCloud backup completely, make sure you’ve backed up iPhone or iPad on Mac or Windows PC.
Delete old iCloud backups and apps from iPhone and iPad
Apple offers a storage management tool for iCloud, similar to the storage verification tool. local storage on iPhone and iPad. With the tool, you can see how much space your total backups and individual applications take up.
Open the «Settings» app on your iPhone or iPad and then tap your profile at the top of the menu.
Now select the «iCloud» option.
Here, tap the «Manage storage» button.
In the iCloud storage list, choose the «Backup» option.
You’ll now see all the iPhones and iPads associated with your iCloud account and how much storage space they take up. Touch a device to see an additional malfunction.
You’ll now see the details of the latest backup and a list of apps that are copied to iCloud, along with the amount of space they take up. If you detect an application that takes up too much space, you can tap the switch next to the application to delete and disable iCloud backup for the current application.
To confirm, tap the «Stop and delete» option in the pop-up menu.
Do this for a few applications and see if you can recover a significant amount of storage space. This way, you may not need to completely disable the iCloud backup feature.
We recommend that you enable backups of applications for essential applications such as WhatsApp, messages, etc. But for multimedia or podcast applications, it’s best to turn off the feature if you’re running out of storage.
If you want, you can stop and delete all iCloud backups for your device. To do this, scroll to the bottom of the page and tap the «Delete backup» option.
In the pop-up window, tap the «Stop and delete» button to confirm.
Now all iCloud backups on iPhone or iPad will be deleted and the iCloud backup feature will be disabled.
Disable iCloud backup on iPhone and iPad
If you simply want to turn off iCloud backup without monitoring storage, there’s a shortcut for you.
Once you’ve reached the «Settings» profile, go to the «iCloud» section.
Swipe down and tap the «iCloud Backup» button.
Here, just tap the switch next to the «iCloud Backup» option.
From the pop-up window, confirm by tapping the «OK» button.
The current backup will be removed from iCloud, and the iCloud backup feature will be disabled for your device.
If you want to turn the feature back on, go back to this screen and tap the switch next to «iCloud Backup.»
Once you’ve done that, take a look at our guide on the different ways to get rid storage space iCloud.