ICloud backup for iPhone and iPad can save your life if you lose your device. But if you regularly back up your device to the cloud or just don’t have enough storage space on iCloud, you may want to turn off the feature.
Your iPhone or iPad can automatically back up your data overnight while you sleep. ICloud backup includes your app data, Apple Watch layout, device settings, home screen organization, iMessages, photos, videos, purchase history , Visual Voicemail ringtones and password.
Device-specific iCloud backups are limited to the data stored on your device. They don’t include items like your iCloud photos, iMessages in iCloud, voice memos, notes, iCloud Drive, contacts, calendar, bookmarks, etc.
Before choosing to delete application data from iCloud (or completely deactivate the iCloud backup function), make sure you have backed up your iPhone or iPad on your Mac or Windows PC.
Delete old iCloud and App backups on iPhone and iPad
Apple offers a storage management tool for iCloud, similar to the local storage on your iPhone and iPad. Using the tool, you can see how much space is occupied by the total backups and by the individual applications.
Open the “Settings” application on your iPhone or iPad, then tap on your profile at the top of the menu.
Now select the “iCloud” option.
Here, press the “Manage storage” button.
From the iCloud storage list, choose the “Backups” option.
You will now see all the iPhones and iPads associated with your iCloud account and the amount of storage space they occupy. Tap a device to see additional ventilation.
You will now see the details of the last backup and a list of the apps that are backed up to iCloud, as well as the amount of space they occupy. If you spot an app that takes up too much space, you can tap the button next to the app to delete and disable iCloud backup for the current app.
To confirm, press the “Deactivate and delete” option in the context menu.
Do this for a few applications and see if you can recover a significant amount of storage space. That way, you may not have to completely disable the iCloud backup feature.
We recommend that you activate application backups for essential applications such as WhatsApp, Messages, etc. But for multimedia or podcast applications, it would be better to deactivate the functionality if you run out of storage space.
If you want, you can still disable and delete the entire iCloud backup for the device. To do this, swipe down the page and tap on the “Delete backup” option.
In the pop-up window, press the “Deactivate and delete” button to confirm.
Now the entire iCloud backup of your iPhone or iPad will be deleted and the iCloud backup feature will be disabled.
Disable iCloud backup on iPhone and iPad
If you just want to disable the iCloud backup feature without monitoring the storage, there is a shortcut for you.
After tapping on the profile from the “Settings” application, go to the “iCloud” section.
Swipe down and press the “iCloud Backup” button.
Here, just tap the toggle next to the “iCloud Backup” option.
In the popup window, confirm by pressing the “OK” button.
Your current backup will be deleted from iCloud and the iCloud backup feature will be disabled for the device.
If you want to reactivate the functionality, return to this screen and press the toggle next to the “iCloud backup” option.
Once you’ve done that, take a look at our guide on the different ways to free iCloud storage space.