How to Delete Old iPhone Backups on iCloud in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra

iCloud is an amazing cloud-based data storage service from Apple. With every Apple ID, you get 5GB free storage space, which obviously is not enough for any user, who has a basic iPhone or iPad device. When you upgrade your iCloud storage plans, you surely would store your important data. And if you have stored anything useless, you should quickly delete old iPhone backups on iCloud in iOS 11 and macOS high Sierra.

Before you delete iCloud backups from iPhone or Mac running iOS 11 and macOS high Sierra, you should know what you get or what iCloud backup is. When you use iCloud backup feature on your iPhone or iPad, the service automatically backs up all the data on iPhone or iPad every day. You need to ensure that your device is connected with strong Wi-fi network, it should be locked, turned on and connected with a power source.

What does iCloud backup do?

It backs up…

  • iTunes purchase history
  • Photos and videos (except you have enabled iCloud Photo Library)
  • Device settings
  • App data
  • Home screen and app ogranization
  • iMessage, text messages, MMS messages
  • Ringtones
  • Visual Voicemail password
  • Health data
  • HomeKit configuration

Why should you keep iCloud backup?

Keeping your iCloud backup means you can carry your data anywhere in the world. Moreover, you can restore your iOS device from anywhere. If you own multiple Apple devices, iCloud backup is a boon for you.

Why should you Delete iCloud backup?

You keep backing up your iPhone or iPad on iTunes; you must have backed up your device on Mac or Windows computer. Moreover, as a smart user, you use iCloud alternatives. With so many backup solutions, it is OK to delete an iCloud backup in iOS 11 and macOS high Sierra.

How to Delete iPhone Backups on iCloud Drive Running iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra

How to Delete iCloud Backup from iPhone or iPad in iOS 11
How to Delete iCloud Backup from Mac in macOS High Sierra

How to Delete iCloud Backup from iPhone or iPad in iOS 11

Step #1: Open Settings on your iOS device.

Open Settings on iPhone or iPad running iOS 11

Step #2: Now tap on your Apple ID, which is on the top; normally, it is your name you use to sign up for an Apple ID.

Tap on Apple ID

Step #3: Next, tap on iCloud.

Tap on iCloud

Step #4: You need to tap on Manage Storage option.

Tap on Manage Storage

Step #5: Tap on Backup from the options given under Change Storage Plan section.

Tap on Backups

Step #6: You are landed on an Info screen, where you can see Backups. And under the BACKUPS section, you can see your iOS devices.

Step #7: Tap on the device you want to delete iCloud backup of.

Choose backup from iCloud Drive to delete

Step #8: The screen will show details like Last Backup, Backup Size, and Next Backup Size. Moreover, on this screen, you can also see different apps to choose Data to backup. Tap on Show All Apps and it will load other apps you are using on your iOS devices. Remember, this list includes apps available on your connected iCloud devices; so don’t get shocked to see an unfamiliar app as you may have downloaded it on another iOS device.

Step #9: Scroll down to the bottom of device screen and tap on Delete Backup.

A pop-up will swipe up asking you to Turn Off & Delete; confirm your action and it will delete iPhone backups on iCloud in iOS 11.

That’s all.
Tap on Delete and Confirm your action by tapping on Turn off and Delete

How to Delete iCloud Backups from Mac Running macOS High Sierra

Step #1: Click on  button from the top menu bar.

Click on Finder

Step #2: Click on System Preferences.

Click on System Preferences

Step #3: Next, you need to click iCloud and sign in if you are asked.

Click on iCloud

Step #4: Now click on Manage button from the bottom right corner.

Click on Manage

Step #5: On the left of your Mac screen, there is an option of Backups in the menu; click on it.

Click on Backups

Step #6: Here, you should click on the backup you wish to delete.

Step #7: You are supposed to click Delete from the bottom left panel.

Select iOS backup which you want to delete and click on delete button

Step #8: A pop-up appears on Mac screen; click Delete.

Click on Delete once again to confirm your action

Step #9: Finally, you need to click on Done button; or you can repeat steps 6, 7 and 8 to delete another backup on iCloud.

Also Check: How to Delete Apple Watch Data from iPhone

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