How to Delete Old iCloud Backups from Your iPhone or iPad

In our earlier write-up on freeing up iCloud storage space, we covered clearing out documents, turning off backup for specific apps, etc. While these are helpful, there is one important step that can actually reclaim a lot of storage for your Apple ID is—remove the old iCloud backups from your iOS device once you have got the latest one onboard!

If you have used multiple iDevices in the past, this one is for you. If you’ve linked more than one device to the same iCloud account in the past but you’re not using the other device now, you can get rid of the backup of that device. That’s what we’re going to learn to do.

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How to Remove Old iCloud Backups from iOS Device

According to Apple, iCloud backup consists of several things including devices settings, app data, iTunes purchase history, photos and videos, iMessage, text messages, MMS messages, ringtones, Health data, HomeKit configurations, visual Voicemail password, etc. If left untouched, they can clutter your device or take away plenty of precious space. Therefore, it pays to get rid of the outdated iCloud backups on a frequent basis.

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device.

Open Settings App on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Now, tap on your profile.

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Tap on profile in iPhone Settings

Step #3. Next, tap on iCloud.

Tap on iCloud Under iPhone Profile Settings

Step #4. Next up, tap on Manage Storage.

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Tap on Manage Storage in iPhone iCloud Settings

Step #5. Up next, tap on Backups.

Tap on Backups under iPhone iCloud Storage

Step #6. Under Backups section, select the device.

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Select the Device Under iPhone Backups section

Step #7. Tap on Delete Backup. Then, tap on Turn Off & Delete to confirm.

Tap on Delete Backup and then tap on Turn Off & Delete to confirm

That’s pretty much it!

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So, it was about eliminating iCloud backup on iOS. What about getting it done from your macOS or Windows device? Keep reading…

How to Remove iCloud Backups from Mac and Windows PC

Shooting out the unwanted backups from your computer is as simple as it is on iOS. To find out how it’s done, jump over here.

Wrap up:

Now that you have discovered the way to keep the junkies at bay, use the tip to never let your storage fall prey to redundant backups.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.

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