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Having iCloud Backup Problems? Try These Step by Step Pointers

Having a backup is always good as a general rule of thumb. We have so much essential data on our devices. You can choose to back up your device manually, but it’s much easier to rely on an automatic backup.

It’s possible that you’ll encounter some issues when backing up to iCloud now and again. Here are some ways to troubleshoot the problems.

What Gets Backed Up To iCloud

 Your Photo Library, Documents, Home configurations, and Settings, as well as app data, will be backed up to iCloud.

When you restore your iPhone, data should be restored to the device, and it may take a few hours to do so.

Make Sure iCloud Backup is Enabled

Maybe you don’t have everything turned on. That can happen to any of us. Double-check your backup settings.

  • Launch Settings
  • Tap Apple ID Banner
  • Tap iCloud

  • Scroll through the list of apps and make sure the toggle switch is turned on next to the apps you want to back up
  • Now Scroll and tap on iCloud Backup
  • Toggle on Switch

iCloud Backups happen automatically every night, as long as your device is connected to power, locked, and on WiFi.

Check To Make Sure You Have Enough Space Before Backing Up

Apple still only offers a measly 5GB of free storage space for all iCloud accounts. That’s barely enough. I have way more storage to Backup. So I pay $2.99 to receive 200GB of iCloud storage. What you purchase is totally up to you. 

If you don’t have enough space in your iCloud Account, your backups will fail. Here’s how to check your storage.

  • Launch Settings
  • Tap your Apple ID
  • Select iCloud


  • Your iCloud storage will appear at the top of the screen
  • Select Manage Storage

  • Select Backups
  • Tap the device you want to see the next backup size for

Depending on your device and data, the next backup size may take some time to show up. If you don’t have enough storage space, now’s the time to consider purchasing more. You could also manually choose what data to back up or delete any data you no longer need. I would buy the additional data so that everything is backed up.

Check For Previous iCloud Backup Failures

If you have an error message telling you the Backup failed, check the following.

  • That you are connected to WiFi
  • Check that you are running the latest version of iOS or iPad OS
  • Try a different WiFi network if available.

Once you’ve checked the previous settings, try a manual iCloud Backup

  • Launch Settings
  • Tap the Apple ID Banner
  • Tap iCloud

  • Scroll and tap on iCloud Backup
  • Tap Backup Now

Your Backup may take a few minutes to finish.


If you’ve had issues with iCloud Backups, make sure to try these steps. The most common reasons are you’re out of space, or your device was not on a stable WiFi connection.

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