iCloud Backup Failed on iPhone or iPad? How to Fix It!

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?

    • 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 Backup System is Working on Apple System Support Page

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.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on your name – first option.
  3. Go to iCloud settings.
  4. Scroll down and choose iCloud Backup.Tap on Profile in iPhone Settings Tap on iCloud and then Tap on iCloud Backup on iPhone
  5. If the toggle is off, turn it on.Enable iCloud Backup in iPhone Settings
  6. In the end, hit Back Up Now to immediately start backing up your iPhone.Backup Your iPhone on iCloud

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.

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap on your name and select iCloud.
  3. View the storage space at the top.Check iCloud Storage on iPhone

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.

  1. Go to the Settings app
  2. Tap on your Name.
  3. Scroll down and tap Sign Out.sign-out-of-icloud-account-on-iphone

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.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to General.
  3. Scroll down and tap Reset.open settings tap on general and then tap reset on iphone
  4. Select Reset All Settings.reset all settings on iphone in ios 13

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.

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac through the Lightning to USB cable.
  2. Open Finder.
  3. Click on your device name.Click on Device Name in Finder on Mac
  4. Click General at the top of the Finder window, then select Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac.Click on General and Then Click on Back up All Data on Your iPhone to This Mac
  5. If you want to secure your backup, choose Encrypt local backup.Encrypt Local Backup and Click on Set Password in Finder on Mac
  6. In the end, hit Back Up Now.Backup iPhone on Mac Running macOS Catalina

You can also backup your iPhone data to your computer using iTunes. Check out this thorough guide on the same. 

Signing Off

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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