How to Cancel iCloud Backup on iPhone/iPad/Mac

From this passage, you can know how to stop iCloud backup efficiently. If you need to manage or sync iCloud data efficiently, you can use FoneTool to make it.

Kathy by Kathy Updated December 13, 2023
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Allowing iCloud to automatically back up Apple devices helps users seamlessly sync their data across different devices for easy access. Then all your data on iPhone like photos can be viewed on iPad, Mac, etc.

But iCloud space is limited, especially for free users, with only 5GB of capacity that often falls short for storing essential data from devices. Then you may want to cancel iCloud backup manually.

Note: If you need to get more iCloud storage for free, just skip to the third part to find answers.

How to cancel iCloud backup on iPhone

The steps to turn off iCloud backup on your iPhone or iPad are quite straightforward.

Just open the Settings app and tap on your name at the top > Tap on iCloud and scroll down to find iCloud Backup > Toggle off the switch next to iCloud Backup.

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This action stops your device from backing up to iCloud. However, it won't affect other iCloud features like syncing data for Reminders, Calendar, or apps using iCloud storage. If you want to disable specific apps from using iCloud, follow these steps:

Step 1. Launch the Settings app, tap your name, and then select iCloud.

Step 2. Scroll through the app list and turn off the switch next to the apps you wish to stop using iCloud.

Step 3. If you intend to log out of iCloud completely, go to Settings, tap your name, and then choose Sign Out.

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These are all about how to cancel iPhone backup on iCloud.

How to stop iCloud backup on Mac

The primary backup method for Macs is Time Machine, usually relying on directly connected hard drives, SSDs, or network drives like Time Capsule. However, iCloud is used for specific functions, such as iCloud Photo Library and certain apps that utilize iCloud for file and data storage.

Part 1. Stop apps using iCloud

Navigate to the Apple menu and select System Preferences > Choose the Apple ID pane > Click Options beside iCloud Drive > Untick the checkboxes next to apps you prefer not to use iCloud for data storage > Click Done.

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Note: Disabling iCloud for apps might impact their functionality. Verify the app's compatibility and performance before disabling iCloud for it.

Part 2. Disable iCloud Photo Library

Open the Photos app on Mac > Press Command-Comma (⌘,) to access Photos Preferences > Visit the iCloud tab and uncheck iCloud Photos.

This action will stop your Mac from utilizing iCloud Photo Library while not affecting iCloud backups for photos taken on other devices.

Part 3. Cancel iCloud photo backups for all devices

Launch System Preferences > Click the Apple ID pane > Select Manage, then Photos > Choose Turn Off and Delete.

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This action disables iCloud Photo Library completely. You have a 30-day window to download your photos before deletion.

Part 4. Completely turn off iCloud on Mac

Access System Preferences > Click on Apple ID, then Overview > Select Sign Out at the bottom left corner.

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Note: Disabling iCloud will impact various functionalities like iCloud Drive, app data storage, syncing Contacts, Calendars, Keychain items, Safari Bookmarks, etc. Hence, consider the consequences before proceeding.

These are all about how to cancel iCloud backup from Mac.

How to stop paying for iCloud storage

To get more iCloud storage for free, you can use the professional iCloud data management app - FoneTool to make it.

This app allows you to efficiently delete, upload or download iCloud data on Windows PC. Its transfer speed is much faster than iCloud’s web. Besides, FoneTool maintains stable operation compared to the often unstable iCloud web, offering users convenient data management capabilities.

enlightened How long does it take to upload 1000 photos to iCloud?

If you are using iCloud’s web, then you may need to spend 6-8 hours to upload 1000 photos to iCloud. If you use FoneTool to upload, the process will be shortened to 40 minutes.

For people who need to switch to a new Apple ID or own multiple accounts, you can also use the iCloud Sync feature to move all your iCloud data to another account. Now you can read the following guidance to get how to make iCloud backup go faster.

Part 1. Use FoneTool to manage iCloud data

Step 1. Download and install FoneTool on your Windows PC > Launch it and go to My iCloud > Log in with your Apple ID > Choose Manage iCloud to continue.

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Step 2. Choose each icon you need to access your iCloud data > According to your needs, select Upload, Download or Delete to finish the process.

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Part 2. Use FoneTool to sync iCloud data

Step 1. Install FoneTool on your Windows PC > Launch it and go to My iCloud > Log in with your source Apple ID > Choose iCloud Sync to continue.

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Step 2. Log in with your another Apple ID > Choose the data you want to sync > Click Start Sync to make it.

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Now you can know how to cancel iCloud backup on iPhone, iPad and Mac. If you need a professional tool to manage your iCloud storage or want to sync iCloud data to another Apple ID, then FoneTool will help you a lot.

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