How to Fix iCloud Backup Taking Forever Issue

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

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Dec. 25, 2017

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There are lots of situations where we need backup our iPhone/iPad, like new iOS 11 upgrading, getting a new iPhone X/8 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 iCloud takes so long to finish the backup.

Why? 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 five solutions that may help you speed up slow iCloud backup.

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How to Speed up iCloud Backup in 6 Potential Ways

How to increase iCloud backup speed? Backup size and network speed are two main factors that affect the iCloud backup speed. With following solutions, you can speed up iCloud backup easily.

Solution 1. Clean up Your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch 
Solution 2. Disable Large Files Backup 
Solution 3. Turn off Useless Backup 
Solution 4: Back Up Photos and Videos to Computer Instead of iCloud 
Solution 5. Using a Reliable Internet Connection 
Solution 6. Choose An iCloud Alternative to Backup iPhone iPad Automatically 


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

Clean out useless or unneeded data on your iDevice before backing up to iCloud. Reclaim more space on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch can make the backup faster and smoother. Another option is to clear junk files like Safari history, cookies, caches and more with PhoneClean – the first & best iOS cleaning tool for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.

Speed up iCloud Backup – Cleaning iDevice with PhoneClean
Speed up iCloud Backup – Cleaning iDevice with PhoneClean

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Solution 2. Disable Large Files Backup

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 those 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 if off > Tap on Turn Off & Delete.

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

For most of 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, without doubt the Photos & Camera will eat up almost half of 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 some problem, like iCloud storage is not enough or iCloud backup takes forever, and you all have one thing in common – Photos & Camera takes much space on your iPhone, at this moment you can consider backing up your photos to the computer instead of iCloud. Next, we will show you how to make it.

Step 1: Transfer all photos to PC/Windows computer with AnyTrans.

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, which allows you export all iPhone iPad photos to computer for backup, and add them back to iDevice when necessary.

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Speed Up iCloud Backup Speed - Back Up Photos to Computer

Speed Up iCloud Backup Speed – Back Up Photos to Computer

Step 2: Delete all the photos you backed up from your iPhone iPad.

After backing up all the photos to 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.

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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 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 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.

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Solution 6. Choose An iCloud Alternative to Backup iPhone iPad Automatically
Some users stick to iCloud backing up iPhone iPad, probably because of its automaticac 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 a more powerful iCloud alternative to help you with the backup job, and getting rid of the iCloud backup slow issue. This tool is AnyTrans for iOS – an all-in-one iOS data managing application.
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 much slower 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.

Step 2. Run it on your PC/Mac > Make sure of that iPhone iPad and computer are connected to the same WiFi.
Fix iCloud Backup Taking Forever with Anytrans -Step 1

Step 3. Choose Air Backup Manager tab > At the first time, the Air Backup Preference is launched by default. If not, turn it on > At the page, you can schedule Air Backup from one day to one month > Back Up Now button enables you to back up right away.

Fix iCloud Backup Taking Forever with Anytrans -Step 2

Fix iCloud Backup Taking Forever with Anytrans -Step 2

Step 4. You can also click Advance Settings for more preferences: Backup Path choosing, device battery setting, photos & media backing up or not.

Fix iCloud Backup Taking Forever with Anytrans -Step 3

Fix iCloud Backup Taking Forever with Anytrans -Step 3

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