How to delete iCloud backups on iPhone

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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

1) Open your Settings and then tap your Apple ID profile at the top.

2) Select iCloud.

3) Tap Manage Storage.

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4) Select Backups.

5) Tap on your device in the Backups list.

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6) Scroll down and tap Delete Backup.

7) Select Turn Off & Delete from the pop-up.

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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.

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