Despite being built-in storage for iDevices, iCloud still has to travel a few more miles to attain perfection. Not being able to back up the device data is a common problem reported by many users. In this post, we have covered possible causes behind the error and explained the ways to troubleshoot it. Here is how you can fix the “iCloud Backup Failed” error on iPhone or iPad.
- Why your iCloud Backup Failed on your iPhone?
- Make Sure Apple’s iCloud Backup System Is Working
- Check iCloud Settings
- How to Check and Clear Up iCloud Storage
- Sign Out of Your iCloud Account
- Reset All Settings
- Backup Your iPhone Using iTunes or Finder
Why your iCloud Backup Failed on your iPhone?
- Your iPhone is not connected to a stable Wi-Fi network.
- iCloud storage is maxed out. If so, you can upgrade your iCloud storage plan.
- Your iOS device isn’t connected to a power source.
Make Sure Apple’s iCloud Backup System is Working
It may be possible that you’re not able to back up your device due to an error in Apple’s iCloud system. You can visit Apple System Support Page and check if there is not an issue on their end. If the iCloud backup isn’t active, you can try manually backing up your iPhone after some time.
Check iCloud Settings
You can check whether the iCloud backup is turned on by visiting the iPhone settings. To do so, follow these simple steps.
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap on your name – first option.
- Go to iCloud settings.
- Scroll down and choose iCloud Backup.
- If the toggle is off, turn it on.
- In the end, hit Back Up Now to immediately start backing up your iPhone.
Check and Clear Up iCloud Storage
iCloud provides you with 5 GB of free storage space to backup your data. If your iCloud storage has already reached this limit, you can’t back up more data without upgrading your plan. In this case, it’s better to check the storage space and free up data, if needed. Here’s how you can do it.
- Launch the Settings app.
- Tap on your name and select iCloud.
- View the storage space at the top.
If the storage is full, learn how to delete backups to free up some space.
Sign Out of Your iCloud Account
If you cannot back up your data even after deleting old files, you can try signing out of the iCloud account and signing back in.
- Go to the Settings app
- Tap on your Name.
- Scroll down and tap Sign Out.
Signing out of your iCloud account means that you’ve to remove Apple ID from your device. In such a case, remember your Apple ID and password that you’ve to re-enter while signing in again.
Reset All Settings
You can go ahead with this step and try if the iCloud backup has started working again.
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to General.
- Scroll down and tap Reset.
- Select Reset All Settings.
Note: Applying this function will only forget Wi-Fi connections and reset network settings to default. It won’t affect any other settings on your iPhone.
Backup Your iPhone Using iTunes or Finder
If none of the ways worked, you should try backing up your data using a computer. As it’s the ultimate way, it gets the job done to manually back up your device.
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac through the Lightning to USB cable.
- Open Finder.
- Click on your device name.
- Click General at the top of the Finder window, then select Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac.
- If you want to secure your backup, choose Encrypt local backup.
- In the end, hit Back Up Now.
You can also backup your iPhone data to your computer using iTunes. Check out this thorough guide on the same.
Whenever you stumble across such a iCloud backup error on your device, try your hands on these solutions that will help you to get out of it. But if the error occurs due to the insufficient iCloud storage space, then don’t you think you need to upgrade your plan? What do you think about it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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