How To Manage iCloud Storage & Backup on the iPad

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iPad iCloud Settings

Want to know how big your iCloud backups are? Or how to manage iCloud storage and backup right on your iPad? This is easy to on the iPad.

Here’s how:

– Open the Settings app.

– Tap on the entry for iCloud in the sections listed in the left sidebar. You’ll see the iCloud screen shown above.

– Then tap on the Storage and Backup bar, just above the Delete Account bar at the bottom of the page.

– You’ll see the Storage & Backup screen next. In its Storage section you’ll see the total iCloud storage space available (mine shows 25GB because I purchased an additional 20GB on top of the standard 5GB), and the amount that is currently available.

iPad iCloud Storage and Backup

– Now tap on the Manage Storage bar just below the Available line, and you’ll get to the Manage Storage page:

iCloud Manage Storage

– This page has two main sections – Backups and Documents & Data. Backups shows you a list of all the iCloud backups of your iOS devices, with each one listed by device name and also showing the size of the backup. My listing above shows me that I’ve probably got a few I can safely get rid of – one for my first iPad mini which had a fault which caused me to return it and a couple for when testing on my iPad 3, for example.

– You can tap on any of the listed backups to see the date of the backup and a confirmation of the backup size. You can also choose to delete the backup on this page.

Delete iCloud Backup

– Back on the Manage Storage screen, the Documents & Data section shows you the top 5 apps that are using the most iCloud storage. Just below the top 5 apps, you can tap to Show All and you’ll see a page with a fuller listing of apps that looks like this:

iCloud Documents and Data

– Tap on any of the individual apps and you’ll get to a screen where you’ll see details on backup entries and sizes for that app. The detail shown will vary quite a bit depending on what type of app you look at. Notes and writing apps list note titles, for example.

App backup numbers in iCloud

– Tap the Edit button at the top right of these individual app pages and you can then choose to delete any of the individual item backups listed or to Delete All.

So there’s your quick rundown of working with iCloud storage and backup on the iPad – hope it is helpful.

Patrick Jordan

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One thought on “How To Manage iCloud Storage & Backup on the iPad

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