How to reduce the size of your iCloud backup on iPhone and iPad

If an iCloud backup is too large for the storage plan you have, you will not be able to successfully backup you’re device. Apple’s iCloud service comes with 5 GB of free storage space – which may not be enough for most users. However, by prioritizing the data you want to back up with iCloud, you can reduce the size of your iCloud backup so that your backups do not fail.

If are not planning to update to an iCloud plan with a higher storage limit in the foreseeable future, you can reduce the size of your iCloud backup in a few simple steps to make sure you do not exceed the limit.

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Learn how to reduce the size of your iCloud backup on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Settings from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad and tap on your Apple ID name located right at the top.How to reduce the size of your iCloud backup on iPhone and iPad 1
  2. In account settings, tap on iCloud to access storage management. How to reduce the size of your iCloud backup on iPhone and iPad 2
  3. Next, tap on Manage Storage. On the next screen, choose Backups.How to reduce the size of your iCloud backup on iPhone and iPad 4
  4. Select your iPhone or iPad that is used for iCloud Backups.How to reduce the size of your iCloud backup on iPhone and iPad 5
  5. Finally, use the toggle to disable backup of data for apps you do not use regularly. The more apps you toggle off, the lesser the size of your next iCloud backup will be.How to reduce the size of your iCloud backup on iPhone and iPad 6

That’s it! you have reduced the size of your next iCloud data backup. It is important to note that iCloud backup data does not include photos or any data from stock iOS apps like Messages, Mail, Safari, etc. We hope this guide helped you learn how to reduce the size of your iCloud backup on iPhone and iPad. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.

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