1. imgarysmith's Avatar
    I am backing up my devices via iCloud backup.
    They both come to about 800mb.

    From looking at what is backed up, I don't know how so much is being used in the backups.

    Could there be old apps taking up this space?

    I have looked at messages and other Apple apps that backup and it wouldn't reach the 800mb backup.
    I have also looked at the apps listed as backing up to iCloud (that I can turn on and off), there is about 80-100mb here max.

    This is more curiosity rather than a problem for me.

    Thanks
    06-09-2015 09:41 AM
  2. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    It should tell you how much space is available. If both are 800 mb, then look and see if you have about 2 gb available.


    06-09-2015 10:48 AM
  3. imgarysmith's Avatar
    It should tell you how much space is available. If both are 800 mb, then look and see if you have about 2 gb available.


    Yes my iCloud storage usage is being calculated correctly.
    06-09-2015 10:52 AM
  4. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Yes my iCloud storage usage is being calculated correctly.
    What's being backed up is everything that's currently on your device. Photos, videos, apps, notes, mail, contacts, calendar, and etc.


    06-10-2015 10:08 AM
  5. imgarysmith's Avatar
    My iCloud photos, for example, are using my iCloud storage but I wouldn't think they are also included in my device backup.

    It sounds like you are saying otherwise but that doesn't make sense to me.
    06-10-2015 10:51 AM
  6. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    My iCloud photos, for example, are using my iCloud storage but I wouldn't think they are also included in my device backup.

    It sounds like you are saying otherwise but that doesn't make sense to me.
    Are you using iCloud Photo Library? I don't use that. The only photos I back up in iCloud are what is currently on my camera roll. All my other photos and videos are in cloud based apps like Box, Dropbox and OneDrive.


    06-10-2015 12:48 PM
  7. imgarysmith's Avatar
    Are you using iCloud Photo Library? I don't use that. The only photos I back up in iCloud are what is currently on my camera roll. All my other photos and videos are in cloud based apps like Box, Dropbox and OneDrive.


    I don't think I'm explaining correctly.

    iCloud Backup size-file-11-06-2015-11-33-36.png

    The contents of the backup listed in the image do not add up to the 838MB backup size.
    Even if I include iMessage, calendar, contacts, reminders, notes and other things like that, it still comes nowhere near to 838MB.

    I know it can't include my images since iCloud Photo Library is turned on and is a number of GB in size, it is too big to be included.

    So what else is included in the backup? Is there data from old apps no longer used? Are historic changes kept like Mac's Time Machine?

    It seems like a very large file size to backup considering how little it shows to be backing up.
    06-11-2015 06:40 AM
  8. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I don't think I'm explaining correctly.

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    The contents of the backup listed in the image do not add up to the 838MB backup size.
    Even if I include iMessage, calendar, contacts, reminders, notes and other things like that, it still comes nowhere near to 838MB.

    I know it can't include my images since iCloud Photo Library is turned on and is a number of GB in size, it is too big to be included.

    So what else is included in the backup? Is there data from old apps no longer used? Are historic changes kept like Mac's Time Machine?

    It seems like a very large file size to backup considering how little it shows to be backing up.
    Maybe this will show you what is backed up.
    https://support.apple.com/kb/PH12519?locale=en_US


    06-11-2015 07:23 AM
  9. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I don't think I'm explaining correctly.

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    The contents of the backup listed in the image do not add up to the 838MB backup size.
    Even if I include iMessage, calendar, contacts, reminders, notes and other things like that, it still comes nowhere near to 838MB.

    I know it can't include my images since iCloud Photo Library is turned on and is a number of GB in size, it is too big to be included.

    So what else is included in the backup? Is there data from old apps no longer used? Are historic changes kept like Mac's Time Machine?

    It seems like a very large file size to backup considering how little it shows to be backing up.
    That's actually fairly small backup. My iPhone backup is about 2.5GB. I've never tried adding up the individual items to see if they equal the total though. It does include mail and any mailed attachments in the backup so maybe that's where the space is?
    06-11-2015 09:48 AM

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