How to Fix iCloud Backup Taking Forever Issue

Why is my iCloud backup taking so long? How to make iCloud backup go faster? Read to learn some potential solutions.

By Faye Clarke | Posted on: Sep. 18, 2018, Last Updated: Aug. 15, 2019
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There are lots of situations where we need to back up our iPhone/iPad, like new iOS upgrading, getting a new iPhone at Christmas to set up, in case of data loss accidentally, and more. And many users are fond of backing up iPhone iPad to iCloud. If you choose to back up your iDevice via iCloud service, you may find that it takes so long to finish the backup.

Why would iCloud backup take forever? Mostly, that’s because iCloud is a Wi-Fi network based workaround to backup your iPhone iPad, so it can be very slow if you have a huge backup size. Now we will show you six tips that may help you speed up slow iCloud backup.

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Solution 1. Clean up Your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch

iCloud offers every user 5 GB storage for free. If the size of your backup content is way more than 5GB, then you need to pay for more storage. Clean out useless or unneeded data on your iDevice before backing up to iCloud, which could make the backup faster and smoother.

Solution 2. Disable Large Files Backup

Sometimes large files are also the reason why your iCloud backup taking such a long time. For example, you may have some apps that you don’t use frequently or piles of unwanted photos. Select those apps, photos or files that take up a lot of space, disable them.

If you are an iTunes user, you can also back up useful large files with iTunes. This article may help you a lot, How to Backup & Restore iPhone iPad with iTunes.

Solution 3. Turn off Useless Backup

Turn off the backup for those non-essential data types and select only what you need to back up. About how to turn off unnecessary Apps, you can follow the steps below:

On your iPhone iPad, go to Settings App > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage in iCloud column > Select the device you want to manage in BACKUPS column (if you are using the same Apple ID on more than one iDevice) > CHOOSE DATA TO BACK UP column > Tap on “Show All Apps” > Select the unnecessary Apps and tap on it to turn it off > Tap on Turn Off & Delete.

Solution 4: Back Up Photos and Videos to Computer Instead of iCloud

For most iPhone iPad users, the photos and videos occupy much storage on their iDevice. Just for me, I am working with a 16 GB iPhone 6, but the Photos & Camera takes about 2GB storage. If I make an iCloud backup, no doubt, the Photos & Camera will eat up almost half of the free iCloud storage, and it also takes me a long time to make a whole iCloud backup. I believe my situation is not rare and may happen to most iDevice users.

If you are stuck on the iCloud backing up problem, like iCloud storage is not enough or iCloud backup takes forever, and you all have one thing in common – Photos & Camera takes too much space on your iPhone, at this moment you can consider backing up your photos to the computer with a third-party tool. Next, we will show you how to make it.

The Tool We Need

You can back up iPhone iPad photos to computer with many Windows or Mac built-in Applications, but all of them only support transferring Camera Roll photos. If you want to back up some iCloud photos or synced photos, they are not supported. That’s why you need AnyTrans for iOS, which allows you to export all iPhone iPad photos to computer for backup, and add them back to iDevice when necessary. Here are some features of AnyTrans for iOS.

Now, Download AnyTrans on your PC/Mac, the follow us to backup your photos and videos to computer instead of iCloud.

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Step 1: Run AnyTrans > Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable > Choose “Device Manager” > Click on “Content to Mac/PC” button to continue.

Backup iPhone with AnyTrans - Step 1

Backup iPhone with AnyTrans – Step 1

Step 2: Check the files you want to backup to your computer > Click on the Next button to start the process.

Backup iPhone with AnyTrans - Step 2

Backup iPhone with AnyTrans – Step 2

Step 3: Delete all the photos you backed up from your iPhone iPad.

After backing up all the photos to the computer for backup, you can delete them from iPhone iPad to make the iCloud backup smaller, and speed up the iCloud backup speed. About how to deleted photos from iPhone iPad, you can follow this guide to make it.

Solution 5. Using a Reliable Internet Connection

Using a reliable, fast Internet connection as possible when backing up your iOS devices. And close other working procedures or applications using the Internet to increase bandwidth availability on your iOS devices. Besides, you can contact your ISP if you have a slow Internet.

If you find your iPhone iPad needs a long time to load a webpage, download an App when connecting to Wi-Fi, this means your Wi-Fi network is slow. Without a doubt that this will make iCloud backup slow. You can fix this problem by following this guide: How to Fix: iPhone iPad Wi-Fi Slow >

Furthermore, here’s a recommended method for you. Connect your device to Wi-Fi, and charge it before you go to bed at night, it will back up your data silently. And when you wake up in the next morning, it already has your backup files.

Solution 6. Choose An iCloud Alternative to Backup iPhone iPad Automatically

Some users stick to iCloud backing up iPhone iPad, probably because of its automatic backup feature. But you need to notice that this would happen only when iPhone iPad is connected to WiFi and in charge. Besides, every time iCloud backs up, it will create a new file, even though most of the data is as same as the one before, which will waste a lot of your iCloud storage. All iCloud backup files are not enabled to view, either.

So in this part, we recommend you to use AnyTrans for iOS to back up iPhone content. Here are the features of AnyTrans Air Backup.

  1. AnyTrans enables users to make a backup schedule, from one day to one month. So as time is up, it will automatically backup iPhone over WiFi.
  2. Every time AnyTrans makes a backup, it will not create a new folder, but backup the contents which have not been contained in previous files yet.
  3. There is a much lower standard for device power percentage. With 10% – 50% power, iDevice can be backed up over WiFi.
  4. Under the backup folder, all files can be viewed, which is totally different from iTunes & iCloud.

Taking the steps below to start the journey of backup iPhone iPad automatically and regularly.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans on your PC/Mac, and install it.

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Step 2. Run it on your PC/Mac > Make sure that iPhone iPad and computer are connected to the same WiFi. The first time you try Air backup, you need to connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

Backup iPhone iPad Automatically with AnyTrans - Step 2

Backup iPhone iPad Automatically with AnyTrans – Step 2

Step 3. Choose “Backup Manager” tab > Click the “Trust This Computer” option on your device > Click “Air Backup for [your phone] automatically” option. 

Backup iPhone iPad Automatically with AnyTrans - Step 3

Backup iPhone iPad Automatically with AnyTrans – Step 3

If the Air Backup option cannot be opened, it is because you have not enabled the “Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi” option in iTunes. Once all the things have set up, AnyTrans for iOS will start to back up your device automatically. You can also schedule Air Backup frequency (from one day to a month) and Enable Password Protection (Protect your data safety and privacy) in Air Backup Preference.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, here are all about how to speed up iCloud backup. If you have tried all the general tips, but still finds that iCloud backup takes a long time, you could try AnyTrans for iOS to explore a different backup method.

Faye Clarke

Member of iMobie_Inc, an enthusiastic fan of Apple and Jazz music, always ready to offer advice and solutions to any iOS & Android related issues.