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How to Delete Old iCloud Backups on iPhone or iPad

In case you don’t know, Apple has allocated a free 5GB of iCloud storage space for every Apple users. Should you want more storage space, you have the option paying for a subscription to upgrade your storage plan. However there are many ways that will help you reclaim your iCloud storage space. One such way is to delete old iCloud backups on iPhone or iPad.

How to Delete Old iCloud Backups on iPhone or iPad
This especially comes in handy if you have multiple iDevices. If your devices are linked to the same iCloud account, they will all use your 5GB (or more) of iCloud storage which can really add up over time. In the instance that you are not using your other iDevice as much, you can opt to delete its old iCloud backups. Follow the steps below.

How to Delete Old iCloud Backups on iPhone or iPad:

  1. Launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Navigate to General > Usage.
  3. Scroll down a bit to the iCloud label and tap Manage Storage. Alternatively, you can go to iCloud storage by navigating to Settings > iCloud > Manage Storage.
  4. At this point, you should be able to see under the Backups section all the devices linked with your iCloud account along with the actual storage space each device has used.
  5. Delete Old iCloud Backups

  6. Tap the device that you wish to delete the iCloud backups from. Tap Delete Backup.
  7. Confirm the deletion by tapping Turn Off & Delete.
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This will now all delete old iCloud backups on whichever device you choose. It’s easy to use up your iCloud storage especially if you are using multiple iDevices. However, it would be great if Apple could implement a better system when deleting old iCloud backups. In this case, I don’t want to disable iCloud backups as I delete them. How about being able to delete specific backup files? Hopefully, a better system will be implemented in the future.

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