iCloud Backup Taking Forever to Finish [Fix]

iCloud is the best alternative to increase your storage space on the iPhone since iPhone does not allow you to extend memory space using memory cards. Therefore iPhone users have to upload their data for backup into iCloud to make some space for other data.

But lately, we have been getting reports from many iPhone users that the iCloud backup process is taking a very long time to complete. Some users have waited for 2 whole days and yet the backup process is not completed.

This is actually making them irritated and helpless and it could be due to one of the reasons like a weak internet connection, not much space left in iCloud, high-quality huge data files, etc.

Having these things in mind, we have come up with a bunch of solutions in the article below that would surely resolve this issue efficiently.

Fix 1 – Avoid Large Application Backup

If you are going to back up all the applications and their data files, it will take a lot of time to back up to iCloud and hence the issue discussed above in the article. So let us try avoiding large application backups using the steps below.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone by clicking on the settings icon from the home screen.

Step 2: Now tap on the Profile Name at the top of the settings page as shown in the below image.


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Step 3: Select the iCloud option by tapping on it.


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Step 4: This opens the iCloud page where you can find all the applications that use iCloud for backup.

Step 5: Tap on the Show All option to expand the list of apps as shown below.


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Step 6: Now disable all the applications that you do not want to back up to iCloud by tapping on its toggle button as shown.


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Fix 2 – Delete all unnecessary files from iPhone

Some iPhone users do not follow the standard practice of maintaining their iPhone storage. When we do not delete unnecessary files, it gets stored in the iPhone and along with important files, they also get backup on iCloud which is not needed and consumes a lot of iCloud space.

Therefore, we recommend our users try checking for all the files that are not necessary for them and deleting them on a regular basis. This will make sure only important data files get stored on iCloud.

Fix 3 – Check the Internet Connection

Many a time, we do not realize that certain problems with any smart device can be caused due to the internet connection on the device. Since iCloud backup needs a strong internet connection for the process where loads of files are needed to be stored on the cloud.

Therefore, it is better to check whether the internet connection is strong enough for the backup. If not, please restart your Wi-Fi signal once to refresh it. If this still did not work, try switching the connectivity from Wi-Fi to Cellular/Mobile Data on your iPhone.

Fix 4 – Use a PC to Backup your data files from your iPhone

If you are consistently getting problems with iCloud on your iPhone, it probably means there is no significant space left any longer on the iCloud to store your data. The user can also opt for upgrading their iCloud space by selecting the appropriate plans by going into their iCloud account online.

Also, if upgrading is not possible, the user can always try backing up their data from iPhone to a PC using the data cable from Apple. Saving your important files into a PC will make some space on your iPhone for further use.

Fix 5 – Backup your iPhone to iCloud regularly

Most iPhone users tend to back up their data once in a while on their iPhones. This accumulates loads of data and has an impact on the iCloud backup speed. So we advise our users that they regularly back up their data files to iCloud on their iPhones so it relieves the burden of too much data at once if not done on a regular basis.

Fix 6 – Clear up some iCloud space

The user always has the option to check the data stored from the apps in iCloud. This allows them to delete data from iCloud in order to make storage space on their iCloud. We recommend our users try clearing up data that is no longer needed using the steps given below.

Step 1: First of all, you need to launch the Settings app on the iPhone and tap on the Profile Name at the top as shown below.


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Step 2: Then click on the iCloud option.


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Step 3: Now you need to click on Manage Account Storage just below iCloud as shown in the below image.


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Step 4: Here you will see all the apps which are storing its data.

Step 5: Tap on the Application from the list which you want to clear. For example, WhatsApp Messenger.


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Step 6: Now tap on Delete Data… as shown below.


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Step 7: This clears all the data from WhatsApp Messenger stored on iCloud up until now.

Step 8: Go back and repeat the same to all the app’s data you want to delete.