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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 iCloud storage space for your Apple ID.

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 Delete iCloud Backups from iPhone and iPad

How to Delete Old iCloud Backups on iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Open Settings → General.

Tap on Settings Then General on iPhone 7

Step #2. Tap on Storage & iCloud Usage.

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Tap on Storage & iCloud Usage in iPhone Settings

Step #3. Under iCloud section and tap on Manage Storage.

Tap on Manage Storage Under iCloud in iPhone Settings

Alternatively, you can Tap on Settings iCloud → Storage → Manage Storage.

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Tap on Settings then iCloud on iPhoneTap on Storage Then Manage Storage in iCloud Settings on iPhone

Note: In iOS 10.3 or later, you need to tap on your profile and then tap on iCloud.

Under the Backups section, you should see one or more devices. If you have signed into iCloud on other devices (with the same Apple ID) and enabled backups in those devices, all of those will be listed here. If you see just one, it means you have signed into iCloud only on this device. (or enabled backup only for this device). If you see more than one, see if you can do away with any of the listed device backups.

Suppose you used an old iPhone/iPad that you no longer use (or whose backup you no longer need), you can delete it.

Step #4. Tap on the device name under Backup.

Tap on Device Name in iCloud Backup on iPhone

Step #5. Next, tap on Delete Backup → Confirm the delete by tapping Turn Off & Delete.

Delete iCloud Backup from iPhone or iPad

Wrap Up

It's easy to setup, backup and forget all about it when you use multiple devices. If you happen to change devices frequently, the backups of older devices stay, even if you have them transferred to the new device. That can sometimes eat up a ton of space from your iCloud storage.

There are some other simple tricks through which you can retrieve a lot of storage on your device. As for instance, you can delete app cache.

I would recommend you to check out these related posts like how to delete Snapchat history, clear Dropbox cache on iPhone or iPad, and how to free up space without deleting photos and videos on iPhone and iPad.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.
  • Beth

    Will this delete the photos on my current device that I had saved via iCloud from my old device?

  • UsernameCensored

    Another awful system brought to you by apple. I don’t want to turn off backups, I just want to delete one!!! Utter garbage.

    • Mike


      • Jenmo

        I agree total garbage I have just installed iOS 9. Visual voicemail now does not work on wifi and also unable to delete an iCloud back up.