iCloud Backup Failed – You Do Not Have Enough Storage Solution
If you’re one of the millions of iPhone users who has seen this screen, “iPhone Backup Failed. You do not have enough space in iCloud to back up this iPhone.” we have the solution for you! In the video below, you’ll learn how to fix this problem and understand why you don’t have enough storage space.
Before we start, if you haven’t seen our video about iCloud Storage, you are probably going to want to watch that video as well to fully understand iCloud.
But let’s get to why you’re here. You’re tired of getting that popup saying your backup failed, even with all your iCloud storage space available!
We dug a little deeper into iCloud backup and discovered why you don’t have enough storage space, even though you think 5 GB should be plenty! According to Apple, iCloud Backup includes all of the following data. Most people think that the backup feature is only for contacts, reminders, calendar, and those features shown on the main iCloud settings screen, but iCloud backup is much more than that.
I ran a test to see how much storage space a full iPhone backup uses by plugging my iPhone into iTunes and doing a backup to my computer. I learned that a full iPhone backup used about 34 GB of space on my computer. Apple only gives you 5 GB of iCloud storage for free. Your iCloud backup fails because you really don’t have as much storage space as you need.
Here are two solutions to this problem.
- The free solution is to manually backup your iPhone to your computer using iTunes. You won’t need to pay for extra iCloud space if you use this method.
- The other solution is to pay for extra iCloud storage. You can do that from the iCloud settings on your device. Just click manage storage, then change storage plan.
So why do you need iCloud storage if you can’t backup your phone using it?
Well that free iCloud storage space is still very useful. In the iCloud settings you’ll see Apps using iCloud. These are all apps that save data to your iCloud account. For example, if you add a new contact to your iPhone and the contacts app is enabled for iCloud, that contact info will instantly be downloaded to all your other Apple devices.
The same thing happens when you create a calendar event, or write a note in the notes app using iCloud. You can create an iCloud note on your iPhone and also read that same note on your iPad.
You’ll soon realize that the most important data that you want transferred instantly between your Apple devices is found in these iCloud apps.
The free iCloud 5 GB of storage is best used for this purpose. To stay connected on all your devices. It would be a hassle to create a calendar event on your iPhone and then have to create the same event on your iPad and Macbook. The nice thing is that all these apps use very little storage space so you should never have to worry about iCloud filling up again.
A full backup is best used every few months when you connect your device into your computer using iTunes.
To finally get rid of the Failed iCloud Backup notification, all you need to do is go into your iCloud settings and turn iCloud backup off. All those other apps we talked about like Notes and Contacts will still continue to automatically update.
The nice thing is that data that is being saved to iCloud will still be there in case of an emergency. If you haven’t backed up your iPhone for 6 months and it breaks, you can still recover all your up to date contacts info from iCloud.
Once again, if you haven’t watched our iCloud storage space video you definitely are going to want to see that to learn how to clean up your iCloud storage. If you’re getting the notification that your iCloud storage is full, you’ll find the solution for that in that video.