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How to Successfully Delete Old iPhone iCloud Backup

May 03, 2018 06:35 pm / Updated by Jerry Cook to iPhone Data Recovery
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If you don’t need an iPhone backup anymore, the best thing you can do is delete it so that it frees-up memory space on your iCloud which you can use to store other important files. For some iPhone users, the backup deletion process is not as smooth as it sounds. Many of the iPhone users have complained that they can’t delete old iPhone backup from iCloud.

When they try to delete the backup, they get a message that says this backup cannot be deleted because it is in use although nobody is using the backup. The following guide shows a few ways to fix the issue:

Method 1: Wait for Two Days Before You Try to Delete the Backup

If your iPhone backup was created recently, Apple considers it as in use for the next 48 hours and so it’s advised that you wait until the 48-hour timeline passes out.

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After 48 hours or two days have passed, you may try deleting the backup again and you will find that you no longer get the error that says the backup is in use. Your backup will be successfully deleted from iCloud.

Method 2: Restart the iCloud Backup Option on Your iPhone

If you are still unable to delete old iPhone iCloud backup, you may want to try the below solution. It tells you how you can turn off the iCloud backup feature and then turn it back on which resolves the issue in most cases.

Method 3: Deleting an iPhone iCloud Backup from a Mac

Please ensure that all your Apple devices use the same iCloud account or you will not be able to locate the iPhone backup on your Mac. Once you have ensured that, you can follow the below steps to remove an iPhone backup from iCloud:


If iCloud cannot delete backup because it is in use on iPhone or iPad, the above guide will help you work around this issue. Just for your information, you can always get app called iPhone Data Recovery to recover data from their iOS devices, iTunes backups, and even iCloud backups. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the app on your computer, you’re ready to restore data from any of your iCloud backups on your machine.

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