By Dylan / Last Updated April 20, 2020

My iCloud storage is almost full, and the backup failed

----This is the first time that I backup my new iPhone to iCloud, but it just says not enough iCloud storage. I want to know why. Could you please give me some advice?

- Question from Apple Community

iCloud has been a common tool for Apple users. It is quite convenient for you to save iPhone data to the server. You could use it to sync data like photos, contacts to another iPhone, or even restore the full backup of your old iPhone to new iPhone. You must want to know more about how to create an iCloud backup.

You would get 5GB of free iCloud storage to backup your iPhone. If you don’t have too many local files in every app, it is enough for you to backup your iPhone. When you go to iPhone Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Backup > iCloud Backup to tap Back Up Now, it would backup most important data to the cloud, but sometimes you might be noticed that This iPhone cannot be backed up because there is not enough iCloud storage available.

You should know that iCloud storage is shared by the devices signed in the same Apple ID. If you use the ID on your old iPhone or share it with your family, the iCloud storage might be consumed by other devices, so your backup failed.

You would get to know what to do when your iCloud storage is full and your iCloud backup failed in this article.

iCloud Not Enough Storage

Solution 1: Check iCloud storage and clear iCloud data

If your backup failed for iCloud storage, the first step is to check your iCloud storage status. Go to iPhone Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage. You could see all the data having been saved to iCloud. Usually, photos, messages (there might be a lot of photos in iMessages), and old backups would take most of the space in iCloud. You could select the unwanted data to delete.

In Manage storage > Backups, you could see which devices have been backed up to iCloud. If you are sure they are no longer needed, delete them. If you want to check if there is still useful data, you could download iCloud backup to computer.

manage iCloud storage

Solution 2: Check iCloud Backup Size

After knowing how much available storage in iCloud, you have to know the size of your iCloud backup. If the backup size this time is larger than the left iCloud storage, iPhone won’t backup to iCloud. iCloud backup would save settings and app data, and you could decide to save the data from which app.

Go to iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups > [device name] and you could see the prepared data to be uploaded to iCloud. Unchecking the app means not saving data from that app.

If you are sure there should be enough space to backup iPhone, after checking iCloud storage status and iCloud backup size, you could try the follow methods to check iOS issues and repair the problems.

Check iCloud Backup Size

Solution 3: Change iCloud Storage Plan

When iCloud backup failed for short of storage, the direct solution is to purchase more storage.

Go to iCloud > Manage Storage > Change iCloud Storage Plan and choose a proper plan for you. 50GB iCloud storage costs $0.99 per month, 200GB $2.99 per month, and 2TB $9.99 per month.

iCloud Change Storage Plan

Solution 4: Reset Network/All Settings

iCloud requires the Internet to connect iPhone to the server. If some settings go wrong, the backup might fail and it tells that you have no enough iCloud storage. You need to reset network settings or all settings to refresh the system.

Go to iPhone Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings to solve the problem. Resetting network would erase the passcode of the connected Wi-Fi. You should make sure you still could connect to at least an available Wi-Fi.

If iCloud backup keeps failing, you might need to select Reset All Settings.

Reset Network Setting

Solution 5: Upgrade iOS to repair iCloud issue

If iCloud storage bug happens to too many users, and their iPhone are not backing up to iCloud, Apple would repair the issue and release the latest package. You could check iPhone update by going to iPhone Settings > General > Software Update to upgrade iPhone to the latest iOS.

iOS 13

Solution 6: Check iCloud status from Apple’s site

If Apple shuts down iCloud service, you might not able to backup iPhone to iCloud. iCloud backup might fail for insufficient iCloud storage. You could go to Apple’s site to check System Status. If iCloud service is temporarily closed, you need to wait for the issue to be solved.

Don’t want to wait? Try an excellent iCloud alternative to save the data you care to computer.

Use iCloud alternative to backup iPhone with unlimited storage on PC

iCloud space is very limited and expanding iCloud storage costs money every month, it is the time to use another tool to take care of your iPhone.AOMEI MBackupper is a free professional iPhone backup software. You could use it easily backup photos, videos, music, contacts, and messages to computer and transfer data to new iPhone.

  • Preview files on iPhone and select what you want

  • Restore backup to another device including iPhone and iPad with no limitation (iOS 13 supported. The latest iPhone SE is supported.)

  • Backup and restore iPhone on Windows 10/8.1/8/7

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper to computer and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable. Tap “Trust” on iPhone.

Step 2. Select Custom Backup. Click an icon to view and select the files on iPhone. Click OK to return.

Select Files

Step 3. Click Start Backup to save a copy of your iPhone to computer.

Click Start Backup


You might want to backup iPhone to iCloud but it tells that your backup failed and there is no enough iCloud storage. You should follow the solutions in this passage to clear iCloud data or fix iCloud issues by yourself. If this is Apple’s fault, you need to wait for them to solve it. If you want to backup your iPhone immediately, you could try the new tool, AOMEI MBackupper.

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