How to Delete iCloud Backups on iPhone

Storing backups is made easier with iCloud in case your iPhone, Mac, or iPad gets reset or wiped due to unavoidable circumstances. Without losing your device, you might still want to view or release some space in your iCloud storage. This article on how to delete iCloud backups on iPhone will guide you on everything you need to perform this process.

The fear of losing important files might set in because anything can happen to your iPhone. It could be an unplanned reset due to a virus, a lost device, and an urgent need to retrieve data on your new one and a lot of other reasons.

iCloud automatically stores all data on your iPad or iPhone daily in as much as your device is active, connected to a source of power, and to a Wi-Fi.

Meanwhile, if you back up your files a lot, you are most likely to run out of space earlier than expected. The 5GB Apple given might appear sufficient until the need to back up your photos, app data, office or project files, and other important data arises.

The bright side is that you can check and monitor your iCloud storage usage and decide on whether to free old and unimportant data to let new useful and important ones in.

What is Backed up on iCloud?

You might be wondering what data are being backed up to iCloud. Your contacts? Yes, but a lot more. Here is a list of some data being automatically backed up once your iPhone is connected to a power source and an active Wi-Fi;

  • App data
  • iTunes purchase history
  • Photos and Videos
  • Ringtones
  • iMessage, SMS and MMS messages
  • Health info
  • Visual Voicemail passcode

It could all sum up to a very large chunk of data depending on how much you use your iPhone and its features.

Backing up your data on iCloud has some other benefits you might not have thought about. Some people prefer to store their data on hardware storage capacities. It’s different when you store on iCloud. You get to have your data right at your fingertip whenever and anywhere you need it.

For people who have multiple Apple devices and use just one iCloud storage, it’s an easy way of gathering data on all possessed devices at any time. Not having to manually set up a new device is a plus also as you can easily prompt the Accessibility feature, which automatically brings on all your configurations and data.

Delete iCloud Backups on iPhone

It can sound bizarre or surprising when you are first told or informed that you might need to delete your backups at some point in time. Who would delete useful data?

Can my stored data ever be useless? What if I need it and couldn’t get it anymore? It’s normal for these questions to pop up. Relax, it’s all easy and sorted out. No one would recommend you deleting useful data with no logic backup in place.

It’s okay to delete some backups to let in others. You can simply get a back up of your backup. Now how did that sound?

The scenario here is only a case of priority. You can back up your data on Mac or Windows laptop, remember? And then, get an iTunes storage of your iPad or iPhone in place, again you have a backup of your back up. Now let’s get to the real deal.

How to Delete iCloud Backups on iPhone

steps to delete backup on iPhone

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Click on your Apple ID right above.
  • Select iCloud
  • Click the “Manage storage” option under iCloud
  • Tap on Backup
  • Select the device back up you wish to delete
delete back up option
Tap on Delete Backup to proceed
  • At the bottom, select “Delete Backup.”
  • Then select Turn off and Delete

Yes, it is that easy and simple. You should now be able to delete iCloud backups on iPhone.

Delete iCloud Backup on Mac

Perhaps you’re hoping to see a guide on how to go about it on your Mac? Let’s give your Mac attention too. Deleting iCloud backups on Mac is pretty easy but procedural. Follow these guidelines to properly delete your iCloud backups on your Mac device;


  • First, you need to launch System Preferences either from the dock or by clicking on the Apple icon or by simply finding it.
  • After access to it, click on Apple ID and login if needed.
Delete Backups on iPhone
Select Manage to proceed
  • In the lower right corner, click Manage.
  • Click Backups on the left menu
  • Then choose the backup you wish to erase
  • Proceed to click on the remove icon at the bottom left
  • Click Delete when a pop up appears.
  • Select done to finalize your backup deletion

That is our guide on how to delete iCloud backups on iPhone and Mac. What is your experience with this? Do share it with us in the comment section. Thank you.

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