How to Delete Old iCloud Backup and Free Up Storage Space

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2024-05-23 / Update for  iPhone Data

Does your iPhone or iPad prompt annoying message that iCloud does not have enough space to continue backing up the device? Apparently the 5GB free space is not enough for you to back up all data on your iOS devices to iCloud. This post offers 2 easy methods for you to delete iCloud backup:

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Warning: If you delete the iCloud backup for your iOS device, iCloud stops automatically backing up the device. Be sure to enable iTunes backup in case you might lose important data from iPhone, iPad and iPod.

Delete iCloud Backup from Computer (Windows & Mac)

Steps to delete iCloud backup from computer differ slightly for Windows users and OS X users.

For Windows Users:

  • 1. Open iCloud for Windows, then click Storage.
  • 2. Click Backups on the left, select an iOS device on the right whose backup you don't need, then click Delete. delete icloud backup on windows

For Mac Users:

  • 1. On your Mac, Open iCloud preferences, then click Manage at the bottom of iCloud Interface.
  • 2. Click Backups on the left, select the backups which you don't want to keep.
  • 3. Click Delete and confirm the deletion. delete icloud backup on mac

If you don't see Backups on the left, your iOS devices don't have iCloud backups. For more information, see Back up your iOS device to iCloud.

Remove iCloud Backup Using iOS Devices

  • 1. From your iPhone, iPad or iPod's home screen, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage (Storage & Backup for iOS 7 devices).
  • 2. Tap on Manage Storage.
  • 3. Tap the name of a device whose backup you don't need, then tap Delete Backup. how to delete icloud backup on iphone

Additional Tips for iOS Backup:

  • If you don't want your backup to be up in the air with iCloud, you can download iCloud backup to computer.
  • If you've backed up with iTunes, you can also delete old iTunes backup to free up space on your computer.
  • Still worry about losing data on iPhone? Maybe you could check other free ways for iOS backup.

How to View and Restore Data fron iCloud Backup--Tenorshare UltData Help You

1. Login to iCloud

sign in to iCloud

Step 2: Choose Specific iCloud Backup

After you log into the iCloud account, all backups associated with this Apple ID will be listed. You can check the details (name, date, version, and size) of each backup file. Choose the backup that contains your lost data and click "Next" button.

select iCloud Backup

Step 3: Pick up File Types to Download and Scan

In the next window, you are allowed to select file types for downloading and scanning. To speed up the process, you can just download those file types that you need. Click "Next" button to start downloading these items from cloud.

select file types

Step 4. You can Preview Data and then Recover from iCloud Backup

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After learning the methods to remove old backup, and also have a clear idea in recovering data from icloud backup, never worry about lost data anymore. Because Tenorshare UltData provide 3 modes to recover it.