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iCloud: Remove an iOS device backup from iCloud

Remove an iOS device backup from iCloud

You can free up iCloud storage space by deleting the entire iCloud backup for an iOS device, such as a device you no longer own. If you’re restoring a device from an iCloud backup, you must wait until the restore operation is finished before you can delete the backup.

WARNING:   If you delete the iCloud backup for your iOS device, iCloud stops automatically backing up the device.

Instead of backing up your iOS device to iCloud, you can back up your device using iTunes. For information, see the iTunes Help topic Back up your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad.

Remove a backup using your iOS device

  1. Do one of the following:

    • On your iOS 8 device: Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage, then tap Manage Storage.

    • On your iOS 7 device: Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup, then tap Manage Storage.

  2. Tap the name of a device whose backup you don’t need, then tap Delete Backup.

Remove a backup using your Mac

  1. Open iCloud preferences, then click Manage.

  2. Click Backups on the left, select an iOS device on the right whose backup you don’t need, then click Delete.

    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 a backup using your Windows computer

  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.

    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.

Last Modified: Oct 30, 2014
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