How to Delete iCloud Backups on iPhone, Mac, and Windows PC

Apple gives a mere 5GB of free iCloud storage space. Many in-built and third-party apps save data in it. And on top of that, if you have enabled iCloud backup for your iOS devices, chances are it fills up quickly. Now, yes, you have the option to subscribe to a higher storage tier. But if you do not want to pay every month, then this guide will help you to delete iCloud backups on iPhone, Mac, or Windows PC to free up the storage. So before we dive into the process, let’s learn what is iCloud backup?

What is iCloud Backup and Should you Remove It?

Backups are essential as they have all the relevant data including accessibility settings, messages, Health data, HomeKit configuration, app data, files, and more. So, if you switch to a new iPhone or reset the existing one, you can restore from backup and everything will be the same.

Therefore, you should delete iCloud Backups only in rare cases when you absolutely need free iCloud space or are no longer using a particular device.

Also, when you remove a backup of an iPhone or iPad, then all future iCloud backups for that particular device is turned off. But you can always go back to settings and manually enable it again if needed.

Now that you have a better understand, let us dig in and see how to do it.

How to Delete iCloud Backups in iOS 13 on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on your name card.
  3. Now, tap on iCloud.Open Settings Tap on Profile and Then Tap on iCloud on iPhone
  4. Here, tap Manage Storage → Backups.
  5. Now, tap on device name.Tap on Manage Storage and Then Tap on Backups and Select Device on iPhoneEach iOS device only has a single iCloud backup.
  6. Now, tap on Delete Backup → Turn Off & Delete.Delete iCloud Backups from iPhone

How to Remove Old iCloud Backups on Your Mac

  1. Click on the Apple logo and then System Preferences.Click on Apple Menu and Select System Preferences on Mac
  2. Click on Apple ID.Click on Apple ID in Mac System Preferences
  3. Click on Manage.Click on Manage in Apple Id on Mac
  4. Click Backups from left sidebar.Click on Backups on Mac
  5. Select the device and then click on the tiny minus icon.Select Device and Then Click on Minus icon on Mac
  6. Click Delete to confirm.Delete iCloud Backups on Mac

How to Remove iCloud Backups on Your Windows PC

Before you begin, you must have iCloud app for Windows installed on your PC. You can download it from the Microsoft Store on your Windows 10 PC or from Apple for Windows 7 and 8.

  1. From the right of the taskbar, and open iCloud app.
  2. Click on Open iCloud Settings.
  3. Click on Storage from bottom right.
  4. From the left bar, click on Backups.
  5. Select a device and click on Delete and click again to confirm.

That’s all, folks!

Signing off…

So these were three methods to remove old iCloud backups and free space. Do you have any thoughts on this? If yes, you can shoot them in the comments down below. You are also welcome to ask a question or give a suggestion.

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