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How to Manage iCloud Backups

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Gabriel Hammond

March 11, 2017 (Updated: August 4, 2020)• Filed to: iCloud Data

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As one of the most premier backup options, iCloud gives you a great way to ensure the safety of your data. What’s even more endearing to iOS device users is that you can set it up to backup automatically. But iCloud backup space is not unlimited and you can run out. If you have, this article will show you how you can easily manage space on iCloud to ensure you can continue to create the all-important backups in the future.

1 How to Make More Space Available in iCloud

There are several ways you can create more space on iCloud, some of them include the following.

01 Delete Old Backups or Turn off Backup for Your Device

It is a good way to create more space. Follow these simple steps to turn off backups for your device.

Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage.

Step 2: Tap “Manage Storage” and then tap on the name of your device.

Step 3: Tap “Delete Backup > Turn off and Delete.

Delete Old Backups

02 Deleted Photos and Videos

Before you delete anything, make sure that you have copies of the data. Here’s how you can delete photos and videos from your iCloud Photo Library to create more storage space.

Step 1: Open the photos app on your device and tap “Photos”.

Step 2: Tap “Select” and the proceed to choose the photos and videos you would like to delete.

Step 3: Tap on “Delete” (the trash-can icon) to delete the selected videos and photos.

03 Disable Automatic Backup for Some Apps

Aside from photos and videos, you can also delete a few other files from iCloud to make some space. Follow these simple steps to do it.

Step 1: Tap on Settings and then iCloud > Manage Storage.

Step 2: Tap on the app that is using iCloud Drive.

Step 3: You should see the individual apps. You can swipe left to close the automatic backup for them.

Disable Automatic Backup for Some Apps

2 How Make Copies of iCloud Data

While deleting data from iCloud is a good way to create space for future backups, you want to make sure you have a copy of the most important data before doing this. It can be hard to make a copy of all the data in an iCloud backup file unless you have a third-party tool to help. One of the best tools to help you do this is iMyFone D-Back. This iCloud Data downloader can help you get into an iCloud backup file and copy any type of data to your computer. The following are some of its features.

  • It can be used to extract 22+ types of data from an iCloud backup file including photos, videos, contacts, messages, WhatsApp messages, Viber messages and more.
  • It can also come in handy when you want to extract data from your iTunes backup file.
  • It is very easy to use with a very simple user-interface.
  • The preview function allows you to selectively extract only the data you need.

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Here’s how to use iMyFone D-Back to make copies of the data in an iCloud Backup.

Step 1: Download and install the program to your computer and then launch it. From the main window, choose “Recover from iCloud Backup” and then click “Start.” Choose the type of data you want to make a copy of in the next window. You can choose more than one data type. Once you’ve made your selection click “Next.”

choose the file type you want to extract from iCloud

Step 2: Sign in to iCloud and then choose the iCloud backup you want to copy data from. Click “Next.”

choose the iCloud backup

Step 3: The program will analyze the backup file you’ve selected and display all the data found. Select the files you want to copy and then click “Recover”. Select a destination folder or create one and the data will be saved to your computer.

download iCloud data to computer

You can now safely delete the files without having to worry about backing iCloud data anymore with iMyFone D-Back iCloud Data Downloader.

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