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
- How to Remove Old iCloud Backups on Your Mac
- How to Remove iCloud Backups on Your Windows PC
How to Delete iCloud Backups in iOS 13 on iPhone or iPad
- Open Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap on your name card.
- Now, tap on iCloud.
- Here, tap Manage Storage → Backups.
- Now, tap on device name.Each iOS device only has a single iCloud backup.
- Now, tap on Delete Backup → Turn Off & Delete.
How to Remove Old iCloud Backups on Your Mac
- Click on the Apple logo and then System Preferences.
- Click on Apple ID.
- Click on Manage.
- Click Backups from left sidebar.
- Select the device and then click on the tiny minus icon.
- Click Delete to confirm.
How to Remove iCloud Backups on Your Windows PC
- From the right of the taskbar, and open iCloud app.
- Click on Open iCloud Settings.
- Click on Storage from bottom right.
- From the left bar, click on Backups.
- Select a device and click on Delete and click again to confirm.
That’s all, folks!
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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