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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:

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

How to Delete iPhone/iPad Backups on Mac, Windows, and iCloud

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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.

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Click on Preferences in iTunes on Mac

Step #3. Next, click on Devices tab.

Click on Devices in iTunes Preferences on Mac

Step #4. Now, check out all the backups. Select the backup you wish to delete and click on Delete Backup. Then, confirm.

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Find and Copy an iOS Backup File on Windows 10

Step #1. Open the following directory on your computer.

\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

Step #2. Now, you should see the backup for your device.

Find iPhone or iPad Backup Location on Windows PC

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.

Click on iTunes Preferences in Windows PC

Step #2. Click on “Devices” from the top navigation bar.

Click on Devices in iTunes Preferences on Windows PC

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.

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Delete iCloud Backups on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open Settings app → Tap on Account Name.

Tap on Settings Then Your Profile on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on iCloud.

Tap on iCloud in iPhone Profile Settings

Step #3. Tap on Manage Storage.

Tap on Manage Storage in iCloud Settings on iPhone

Step #4. Tap on Backups.

Tap on Backup in iCloud Storage on iPhone

Step #5. Next, tap on the backup you wish to delete.

Tap on iCloud Backup you Wish to Delete from iPhone

Step #6. Tap on “Delete Backup.”

Delete iPhone and iPad iCloud Backup from iPhone

Delete iPhone and iPad Backups from iCloud on Mac

Step #1. Click on Apple menu on your Mac → System Preferences.

Click on System Preferences in macOS High Sierra

Step #2. Click on iCloud.

Click on iCloud in Mac System Preferences

Step #3. Click on Manage.

Click on Manage in iCloud Settings on Mac

Step #4. Now, click Backups and then select the iOS device which backup you want to delete.

Select iCloud Backup on Mac

Step #5. Click on Delete.

Delete iPhone or iPad Backup from iCloud on Mac

Step #6. Click on Delete again to confirm.

Delete iDevice Backup from iCloud on Mac

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.

Open iCloud App on Windows PC

Step #2. Now, click on Storage.

Click on Storage in iCloud on Windows PC

Step #3. Select Backup → Click on the iOS backup you wish to delete.

Select iCloud Backup on Windows PC

Step #4. Click on “Delete” and make sure to Confirm.

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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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