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How Long Does iCloud Backup Take?

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Heather Marston

November 3, 2017 (Updated: July 25, 2018)• Filed to: Backup & Restore iPhone

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I have enjoyed my new iPhone 8 for about 2 weeks and I wanted to try the iCloud backup. But for now it has been backing up for 2 days. Is that normal or did it freeze on a backup?


Such question is common on Apple forums as we use iCloud to back up iOS device frequently. Like what Nicholas is wondering, whether it is common that iCloud takes long time to back up iPhone? The article will tell answers and tips to get rid of the problem.

How Long Should iCloud Backup Take?

Actually for now we cannot give a 100% confirmative answer for this because the time iCloud takes to back up your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch depends on the data which will be backed up and your Wi-Fi network speed. If the majority of storage on your device has been consumed and there is too much data to back up, then iCloud will take longer to finish the process. If the network speed is around 1 Mbps, then iCloud may take an hour to back up 1 GB of data.

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Why Is iCloud Backup Taking So Long?

1 iCloud Does Back Up Lots of Data on Device

As we stated above, if there is too much data to back up, then iCloud takes longer time to finish. Do you know what iCloud Backup include? Well, see the following list and you will find that iCloud does back up lots of data on your iPhone and sometimes it is normal that you are waiting a long time for this:

App data, Apple Watch backups, Call history, Device settings, Health data, HomeKit configuration, Home screen and app organization, iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages, Photos and videos, Purchase history from Apple services like your music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books, Ringtones, Visual Voicemail password (requires the SIM card that was in use during backup). Besides, if you turn on 3rd-party apps from Settings > iCloud > APP USING ICLOUD, then iCloud will back up these app data, also.

2 Low Speed Wi-Fi

Check your Wi-Fi speed. If it is slow, disconnect the other devices which use the same network and change to another Wi-Fi network.

Additional Tip: Better Way to Back Up iPhone than iCloud

If you are tired of long-time iCloud backup, you can use iMyFone iTransor (previsouly named iMyFone D-Port Pro), to back up your iOS device. This program is an reliable iOS data backup and restore tool which serves you the better experience to back up your iOS device. You can view the reasons why we use it to replace iCloud:

  • Backing up iOS devices selectively or completely.
  • Previewing and retoring backups to either merge backup with iPhone data or replace iPhone data with backup.
  • Restoring backups as a whole or selectively (Contacts, Messages, WhatsApp and WeChat), it's all up to you.
  • Previewing and exporting your data from backups or directly from iOS devices.

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How to Easily & Quickly Back Up iOS Device with iMyFone iTransor?

iTransor can back up your iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch selectively or entirely. As an alternative of iCloud in this article, here we will discuss how to back up all your data and settings with iTransor. Follow the steps below.

Step 1. Choose What You Want to Back Up

Run the program and click the Back Up Device option on the Acquire Backup from Device & iCloud tab.

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Then choose how and where you want to backup your iOS device on the right part of the next screen, and click Back Up to start the process.

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You can either make a full backup out of your device or back up specific iOS data individually. Currently, iTransor supports selective backup of WhatsApp, Wechat, Messages, and Contacts of iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Step 2. Start Backing Up and Wait

You will come to the backing up screen right after you click Back Up. Just wait a while for the backup to complete.

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Tada! It is done and you have a full backup for your device and you can extract data from the backup or restore it to any iOS device if you need in the future.

From now on you can ignore the question that how long does iCloud backup take. With iMyFone iTransor, backing up iOS device is so easier, faster and with so many freedoms. What may surprise you can back up your iOS device with the program totally free! The program offers free trial version to users and it is with lots of benefits including that! Try it now!

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