1. iBradA5's Avatar
    I currently am using 4.7 gb to back up my iPhone and using 185.2 mb on my iPad. I can't figure out why there is a difference that large. Any ideas? Also, what all does everyone store through iCloud? When I go to my backups it shows all my apps and I have majority of them turned off yet I still have so much storage being used. What all does iCloud store, if anything, that isn't being shown under my backup options? Thanks for any answers!
    12-04-2012 10:35 PM
  2. Garz's Avatar
    When you click on the backup from that device, it tells you what is using iCloud backup space and how much for each thing.
    12-04-2012 10:40 PM
  3. iNotes4You's Avatar
    Do what Garz told you.
    As you know the iOS-Filesystem provides data storage per app.
    So if you often use the 'Open in'-Command you will store data redundant on your device.
    It's up to you to look manually for these redundancies in the local app folders and delete them.

    Additionally try the following procedure:
    Delete your iCloud-Backup and start a new Backup.
    I did this several times and it gave me about 1 GB back.
    I think the space you get is not only used for the pure data of your device but also for other information (history, ...).
    But I am not sure and up to now did not find any further information.
    12-08-2012 03:37 PM
  4. iBradA5's Avatar
    If I delete and start over, will I lose anything that I can't get back?
    12-08-2012 03:40 PM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    If I delete and start over, will I lose anything that I can't get back?
    What do you mean by "delete" and what is it you're meaning to delete? If you mean reset your device and set it up as new again, then yes, your device will be wiped, iOS will be reinstalled and all of your 3rd party apps, music, photos and files will be gone. However, the apps that you've already purchased are readily available to be re-downloaded without cost to you via the "purchased" section of the App Store. Furthermore, you could always perform a backup prior to resetting your device and then restore from that backup afterwards.
    12-08-2012 03:55 PM
  6. iBradA5's Avatar
    Delete your iCloud-Backup and start a new Backup.
    12-08-2012 04:03 PM
  7. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    If you delete your iCloud backups, that is all that will be lost. You can easily initiate a new backup.
    12-08-2012 04:06 PM
  8. iNotes4You's Avatar
    To delete an iCloud-Backup of your device go to
    Settings - iCloud - Storage & Backup - Manage Storage - <select your device>
    and tap on DELETE BACKUP.
    The iCloud-Backup of your device (no data, settings, apps or media on your device) will be deleted.
    Then go back to Storage & Backup and swipe 'iCloud Backup' to ON.
    Then tap on 'Back Up Now'. Compare your free space before this procedure with that after starting a new backup.
    12-08-2012 04:08 PM
  9. iBradA5's Avatar
    To delete an iCloud-Backup of your device go to
    Settings - iCloud - Storage & Backup - Manage Storage - <select your device>
    and tap on DELETE BACKUP.
    The iCloud-Backup of your device (no data, settings, apps or media on your device) will be deleted.
    Then go back to Storage & Backup and swipe 'iCloud Backup' to ON.
    Then tap on 'Back Up Now'. Compare your free space before this procedure with that after starting a new backup.
    I just did this on my phone twice, and both times it said backup incomplete. It would not finish for some reason. However, when I look at my storage, it is showing 3.3 gb on my iPhone yet it still says the last backup was incomplete. Thoughts?
    12-10-2012 01:25 AM
  10. iNotes4You's Avatar
    I just did this on my phone twice, and both times it said backup incomplete. It would not finish for some reason. However, when I look at my storage, it is showing 3.3 gb on my iPhone yet it still says the last backup was incomplete. Thoughts?
    'Backup incomplete' occurs sometimes if you deleted a former backup. I had this message too, but after starting the backup again (one or two times) it worked.
    I don't know the reason may be its a problem when initializing a (first) backup on Apple's server.
    12-14-2012 01:41 PM
  11. Ipheuria's Avatar
    since the space difference is between your ☎ and your iPad. I would surmise that it might be your 📷 Roll? I know my wife keeps every damn picture in her 📷 roll so she was swamping the backup. We have two iPhones, an iPad and a Touch so it's got to serve a lot of masters.
    12-14-2012 05:35 PM

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