How to Delete iCloud Backup from iPhone/iPad or on PC/Mac

iCloud will automatically backup data and settings stored on the particular device if your device is set to backup to iCloud. It is a great way to keep your important data from potential loss. However, the problem is that Apple only offer 5 GB storage for free. If you have multiple devices, old iCloud backups can quickly fill up the storage. This article will show you

to free up valuable storage space in Apple's iCloud.

Note: Before deleting any backup from iCloud, you’d better download the iCloud file and make sure files stored on the backup are not needed. UltData is a recommended tool to download and extract data from iCloud backup.

Part 1: How to Delete iCloud Backup from iPhone/iPad?

To delete an old iCloud backup from iPhone or iPad, simply follow steps below:

  • Go to Setting -> iCloud -> Storage ->Manage Storage. In iOS 10.3 or later, you need to tap on your profile and then tap on iCloud.

  • Under the Backups section, you should see one or more devices. Tap on the device whose backup you want to delete.
  • Tap on Delete Backup at the bottom and tap on Turn Off & Delete in the pop-up.

Part 2: How to Delete Old iCloud Backup from PC?

To remove an old iCloud backup on Windows 10/8.1/8/7 PC, simply follow steps below:

  • Ensure that the computer has iCloud control panel installed. Open it and find “manage” and click on it.
  • Click Backups on the left, then select the backup you don't need from the iCloud Storage interface. Then click Delete and Confirm.

Part 3: How to Delete Old iCloud Backup on Mac?

To delete an old iCloud backup from Mac (macOS Sierra/OS X/Yosemite/Mavericks Included) , simply follow steps below:

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Manage.

  • Click Backups on the left and select the backups which you don't want to keep. Click Delete and confirm the deletion.

Extra Tips: Cannot Delete iCloud Backup, What to Do?

Get the error message stating “cannot delete backup” when you try to delete your old iCloud backups on iPhone? Below are some tips for you to fix “Cannot Delete Backup” iCloud Error.

1. Reboot your iOS device. Sometimes simply turning off and then turning on your device can solve the problem.

2. Log out of iCloud account and then sign in again.

3. Turn iCloud Backup and delete again.

Go to Settings > iCloud > Backup > and turn off iCloud Backup.

Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage > Select your device backup that you cannot delete.

You will see a spinning wheel (backup options) that indicates that iCloud is busy performing an operation.

Wait for some time say a few seconds until this wait cursor is gone and the deleted your backup again.

Now you have a clear idea about how to remove an iOS device backup from iCloud. If you accidently delete the wrong iCloud backup and lost data, please refer to UltData to recover lost data on iPhone, iPad directly without backup file.

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to iCloud Follow @Jerry Cook