Apple’s iCloud system is really good in backing up all your iPhone data to the cloud servers.
It also helps in saving a large amount of space on your hard disk, which can be used to store other important files. Currently, Apple offers 5 GB of promotional free space on their iCloud servers so that new users can try this feature and backup data on the go.
Even though the response to this service is quite phenomenal, it’s also troubling many users with some common issues. And one of the most known issues is that your iPhone won’t backup to iCloud at all.
It’s actually annoying when you really want to get the backup done and move on to some other work.
So, how do we solve this issue?
Why Won’t My iPhone Backup to iCloud?
Fortunately, there are a few things that you can try to fix the backup problem. Please check the following suggestions below.
1. Check your network settings
Since your iPhone needs an internet connection to backup the device on iCloud, you should make sure that your network is up and running flawlessly.
If your device is showing disabled ‘Backup’ in Settings, you’ll have to follow this step –
Reset the internet router and reconnect your iPhone to Wi-Fi.
For mobile data, you might have to contact the network operator to resolve any service outage. They will surely guide you in getting back the internet connection.
2. AirPlane Mode
Enable AirPlane mode on your iPhone and disable again in a few minutes.
This useful mode will help in clearing any network glitch or bug on your device.
3. Restart Your iPhone & Mac
Restarting both these devices can help in addressing system errors, which may not appear on the screen each time.
You should also disable firewall and/or antivirus software that may block connection to iCloud servers as well as iPhone.
So, please reset your iPhone and Mac or Windows system.
4. Enable iCloud on iPhone
After following the aforementioned basic steps, you gotta ensure that you’ve enabled iCloud on iPhone.
Now, how do you do that? Follow these steps –
- Go to the ‘Settings’ app and then select ‘iCloud’.
- Tap on the ‘Backup’ option and enable ‘iCloud Backup’.
- Select ‘Backup Now’.
These steps will enable the iCloud service on your iPhone and backup the data immediately.
If you’re setting it up for the first time, you might want to select different apps that need to be backed up on the iCloud server. You may also enable iCloud Drive from the same Settings menu, which lets you store Documents & Data files on this available space.
Also, for the first time users, you will be asked to provide iCloud account’s login and password details. Do add them accordingly in appropriate fields.
5. iCloud Upgrade
Yup, it’s time to upgrade your account!
iCloud’s 5 GB space limit works great for those who don’t use their phones heavily. However, if you click photos & videos or play games on regular basis, you’re definitely going to get the following reminder message from iCloud’s system.
Upgrade to the paid plan and start backing up your data again.
That’s a pretty straightforward thing to do, right? Well, you can also optimize your iCloud account to save some extra space.
This can be done by disabling some unimportant apps from syncing data to iCloud.
For eg., Photos & Videos
Photos and videos are known to hog incredible amount of space on such backup facilities. If you’re not much concerned about these two things, you can easily disable them from settings.
Just go to the ‘iCloud’ settings as suggested above and disable the apps that you don’t want in this backup process.
Tip 2: Delete Old Backups!
Your iCloud account creates and stores several old backups for future use. Obviously, this acquires your precious space on the server.
Delete these old backups and free some more space till you’ve no other option than upgrading your account to their paid plan.
Here’s how to do it –
- Go to the ‘Settings’ app and select the ‘iCloud’ option.
- Tap on ‘Storage’ and then go to ‘Manage Storage’ option.
- Select ‘your iPhone’ from available backups.
- Disable the apps that you don’t want in your backup and delete the backup data.
Whoa! You’ve just freed some valuable space for yourself.
Note – When you delete these backups, they will be deleted permanently. Still, you can backup again by enabling apps in above settings.
Apparently, many users have noticed that this process of deleting old backups and re-enabling them again works in resolving this iCloud backup issue. So, do try it out if you’re not worried about previous data backups.
6. Backup from iTunes
iTunes offers you to perform the same backup activity for your devices.
- Open the iTunes app on Mac and click on the ‘Backup Now’ button. This will initiate the backup process.
- Once you’re done with it, go back to your iPhone and backup the data from Settings.
These two steps may resolve some interconnectivity issues and allow you to backup again from iPhone.
7. Contact Apple
If nothing works, Apple’s support team can share more tips to get you out of this iCloud issue. So, do contact them.
I hope these suggestions help you in fixing the iCloud backup problem. Please drop a comment and share your thoughts.