iCloud is one of the most essential features of the iPhone, it stores all kinds of content residing in your iPhone. Using it is no biggie you just have to sing up iCloud account and back up your data there. You can even sync data to your iCloud account for a regular backup.
The good thing is that the storage does not occupy any space on your device, the bad thing is that you get 5GB storage for free, if you need more space you will have to pay a nominal monthly charge for it. If you feel that the free space is not enough for you and you don’t want to spend a lot try to remove the unwanted backup from the iCloud account. Yes, it is easy to remove your backup too. If the backup is of no use to you than it’s better to clear it off, differentiate data that is important. Continue reading to know everything about iCloud, how it works, how to backup and delete backup when you don’t need to free up space in iCloud storage.
What is an iCloud backup?
iCloud can back up any kind of data from images, contacts, search history, docs contact history basically everything. If you turn on iCloud sync iCloud will automatically back up all of the data on your iPhone or iPad every day, as long as your iPhone is connected to the internet. Backing data in iCloud makes it convenient to restore your data in a device, all you have to do is sign into your iCloud account when you start with a new iPhone and hola! All your old phone content will be on your new phone.
Below is the list of content that you can backup in iCloud;
- iTunes purchase history
- Photos and videos
- Device settings
- App data
- Home screen and app organization
- iMessage, text messages, MMS messages (if restoring, the SIM card used during back up is required)
- Visual Voicemail password (if restoring, the SIM card used during back up is required)
- Health data
- HomeKit configuration
So as you can see that there is a lot of data there that gets saved with iCloud and takes a good amount of your Cloud storage. So you need to balance out on backup, what to save and what not to. Read below to understand this better.
Why to backup in iCloud
Saving your data in iCloud means you can access it from any part of the world. All you need is an iOs or Mac device and an internet connection. Gone are the days where you had to carry pen drives and external hardware, you can simply save your data with iCloud and open it when you need it.
iCloud is super convenient for those who use many devices like laptops and iPads etc. You get similar accessibility and settings, there will be no need for you to backup anything again and again.
How deleting iCloud backups is fine
You must be wondering why to delete backup the backup after all! You may back up all the data and also the content of mac or computer devices right? But you don’t have to worry about all these stuff in such you can backup your backup data with iTunes and save it on your computer etc. You can turn your iCloud back up again for backing up all the new data on your iOS device.
How to delete iCloud backups on your iPhone or another iOS device
Step1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
Step2: Tap on your Apple ID displayed at the top of your screen. It should be the name you used to sign up for an Apple ID.
Step3: Now select iCloud.
Step4: Open Manage Storage under iCloud.
Step5: Select Backup.
Step6: Select your device whose backup you want to delete.
Step7: Scroll to Delete Backup at the bottom.
Step8: Tap Turn Off and Delete.
How to delete iCloud backups on your Mac
Step1: Launch System Preferences from the dock, your Finder, or by clicking the button on the top left of your screen.
Step2: Click iCloud and sign in if prompted.
Step3: Now Click Manage in the bottom right corner of the window.
Step4: Then Click Backups in the menu on the left.
Step5: Click the backup you want to delete.
Step6: Click Delete on the bottom left the pane.
Step7: Click Delete in the pop-up.
Step8: Click Done or repeat steps 5 to 7 to delete another backup.
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