I make sure to back up my iOS device to iTunes or iCloud from time to time to ensure I can easily restore the important files in case of any mishap. When I have the latest backup, I delete the older iPhone/iPad backups from Mac, Windows, and iCloud to either prevent my device from being cluttered or do not let the capped storage go overboard.
Knowing how vital it's to clean up those unnecessary files, I thought it'd be very helpful to create a complete guide about how to clean up iOS device backups. It's one of the simplest ways to prevent your device from running out of storage. Luckily, you can easily find those redundant backup files and eliminate them. Here is how it works:
How to Delete iPhone/iPad Backups on Mac, Windows, and iCloud
- How to Delete iPhone and iPad Backup from iTunes on Mac
- How to Find and Copy an iOS Backup File on Windows PC
- How to Delete iPhone or iPad Backup on Windows
- How to Delete iCloud Backups on iPhone and iPad
- How to Delete iPhone and iPad Backups from iCloud on Mac
- How to Delete iPhone and iPad Backup from iCloud on Windows PC
Delete iPhone and iPad Backup from iTunes on Mac
Step #1. Open iTunes on your Mac → Click on iTunes menu.
Step #2. Next, you need to click on Preferences.
Step #3. Next, click on Devices tab.
Step #4. Now, check out all the backups. Select the backup you wish to delete and click on Delete Backup. Then, confirm.
Find and Copy an iOS Backup File on Windows 10
Step #1. Open the following directory on your computer.
Step #2. Now, you should see the backup for your device.
If you want to preserve it, copy nd paste it in your preferred folder.
Delete iPhone or iPad Backup on Windows
Step #1. Open iTunes and click on Edit menu → Click on Preferences.
Step #2. Click on “Devices” from the top navigation bar.
Step #3. Select the backup file you wish to delete. When it's highlighted, click on the “Delete Backup” button and then make sure to Confirm.
Delete iCloud Backups on iPhone and iPad
Step #1. Open Settings app → Tap on Account Name.
Step #2. Tap on iCloud.
Step #3. Tap on Manage Storage.
Step #4. Tap on Backups.
Step #5. Next, tap on the backup you wish to delete.
Step #6. Tap on “Delete Backup.”
Delete iPhone and iPad Backups from iCloud on Mac
Step #1. Click on Apple menu on your Mac → System Preferences.
Step #2. Click on iCloud.
Step #3. Click on Manage.
Step #4. Now, click Backups and then select the iOS device which backup you want to delete.
Step #5. Click on Delete.
Step #6. Click on Delete again to confirm.
Delete iPhone and iPad Backup from iCloud on Windows PC
Step #. Launch iCloud on your Windows PC. To do so, head over to Start Menu → All Apps → iCloud → Click on iCloud from the apps list.
Step #2. Now, click on Storage.
Step #3. Select Backup → Click on the iOS backup you wish to delete.
Step #4. Click on “Delete” and make sure to Confirm.
So, that's the easiest ways to get rid of iOS device backups! Make sure to use these simple tricks to not let the precious storage get overboard by unnecessary files. Have any feedback? Feel free to share it with us.
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