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For the past few weeks, my iPhone has prompted me with an annoying message about how iCloud does not have enough space to continue backing up the device. Apparently I need an additional 2.1 GB of storage to backup my iPhone, but I would rather not pay for a higher tier than the free 5 GB of storage that Apple provides by default.

If you’re in the same shoes as me, there is actually a simple solution. Apple makes it easy to delete your iCloud backups right on your iPhone. You can even manage how your backups work so that you are only backing up essential data. Read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to delete old iCloud backups on iPhone… 

How to delete old iPhone backups from iCloud

Step 1: Tap on the Settings icon from the Home screen.

Step 2: Scroll down and tap on iCloud.

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Step 3: Scroll down and tap on Storage.

Step 4: Tap on Manage Storage.

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Step 5: Tap on your iPhone from the backups list. If you have several iOS devices, they will all be listed here. It might be a good idea to delete your old iPhone or old iPad backups to save up space.

Step 6: Scroll down and tap on Delete Backup.

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Step 7: Tap on Turn Off & Delete Backup.

Step 8: If you wish, toggle iCloud Backup back on afterwards.

If you find yourself constantly running out of space, I recommend toggling off Camera Roll as part of your iCloud backup. You are better off backing up your photos through iTunes or to an external hard drive, that way you do not run out of iCloud storage so quick. For example, my last iPhone backup was 3.5 GB, but over 3 GB of that consisted of photos.

This how to is part of a series of quick tips about iOS for both novice and advanced users alike. If you already know how to delete an iCloud backup, then consider sharing this article with someone that doesn’t. We’re open to topic recommendations in the comments section down below, and we’ll be sure to credit you if we write an article based on your idea.

  • Ethan Humphrey

    I know some people I can send this to, Thanks!

    • Joe Rossignol

      Great, thanks Ethan!

      • Ethan Humphrey

        Yes, I know that some people complain about these posts, but it was actually yesterday when someone told me about this problem. I think these post are helpful, maybe not to expert users, but to novices and to send to other people. Keep it up!

      • sornphya

        hi friend can you help me? My Iphone 4s lock icloud
        how can I do it?

      • adal.javierxx

        lockscreen iCloud stuck?… you can do NOTHING

  • sornphya

    Hi all friend My iphone 4s lock icloud . How can i do ti that can use it 🙁

  • sornphya

    Hi all friend can you help me? My iphone 4s is lock icloud . I forgot password

    • Ethan Humphrey

      Try resetting your account password

  • Jerry

    Turn off Camera Roll! You don’t need to do additional backup. All photos will be in iCloud Photos.

  • Someone

    By mistake, I made a backup on Whatsapp.. now when I go to icloud my storage is almost all occupied with that backup and I want to delete it so I can have more space.. Does anyone know how to delete this backup without affecting the settings or the phone? I just want to delete whatsapp backup not the other ones. HELP.

  • CJ Wolfe

    I’m about ready to go back to the previous operating system. When I go to ‘Manage Storage’, it only gives me one option, which is to upgrade the amount. As I and my husband share an iCloud account, I can’t delete or disable the account and the majority of stored data is his. Now this stupid reminder shows up on my phone every five minutes and it’s led me to think very fondly of my old Droid X, which didn’t act like a mini-Big Brother. Seriously, this wasn’t a problem for me prior to upgrading to 8.4.1 (about 10 photos on my phone, no music and only a few apps), so I put this crap entirely on Apple forcing more money out of its customers, whether they want or need a more expensive ‘storage’ plan or not.