How Long Does iCloud Backup Take?

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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 D-Port Proto 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:

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How to Easily & Quickly Back Up iOS Device with iMyFone D-Port Pro?

iMyFone D-Port Pro 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 iMyFone D-Port Pro. Follow the steps below.

Step 1. Choose What You Want to Back Up

Run the program and click the tab of Back Up & Export from Device and then you will see what the program can do for your on data exporting and backup. In this case, choose Make a Full Backup to replace iCloud backup.

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Step 2. Matters Need Attention before Backup

D-Port Pro will show you the matters you need notice before starting the backup, for example you shouldn’t disconnect your iPhone during the process of backing up. If you confirm, click Back Up to continue.

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Step 3. Make a Full Backup Faster and Easier

Then the iOS backup and restore tool will do the rest things for you. The time depends on the storage you have used on your iOS devices but generally it will be shorter than 30 minutes.

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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 D-Port Pro, 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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