Each day , you wake up and find that your iPhone has not been backed up to iCloud in days or weeks, and you have no idea how to fix the issue. Or perhaps you’re trying
to back up your iPhone manually, but error messages keeps popping up. Before you make a conclusion “My iPhone won’t backup to iCloud!”, you need to know that
this is a very common problem on iPhone and the fix is easy and straight forward. Here are the step-by-step instructions for how to fix an iPhone that won’t backup to iCloud.
Why Won’t My iPhone Backup To iCloud?
Your iPhone may not be able to backup to iCloud due to a couple of reasons. Luckily, most are quite easy to resolve.,
First of all, your iPhone needs to be connected to Wi-Fi For an iCloud backup to work . Secondly, there should be enough storage space on iCloud to store yourbackup — thus, this is where we shall start. I’ll
Walk you through step-by-step on how to fix those two most common problems that interfere with iCloud backups: no Wi-Fi connection and not enough iCloud storage space.
Keep in mind, For iCloud backups to be successful during the night, 4 things must happen: Your iPhone must be connected to Wi-Fi, there should be adequate iCloud storage
space, the iPhone needs to be connected to power, and the screen should be off (that is to say, your iPhone is in sleep mode).
iPhone won’t backup to iCloud? The fix
Just follow these simple steps:
1. Check to ensure Your iPhone Is Connected To Wi-Fi network
iCloud backups can only take place when your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network due to the amount of data that can be backed up in a single backup. If your iPhone isn’t connected
to a Wi-Fi network, you might consume all your cellular data plan overnight. Even if you have unlimited data plan, It is recommended to use Wi-Fi to perform iCloud Backup instead of cellular data since mobile data is slower than Wi-Fi and the backup
could take ages to complete. Just follow these steps to connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi if it’s not already:
- Start Settings app on your iPhone and then tap the Wi-Fi button at the top of the screen.
- Now, select the Wi-Fi network you’d like to connect to.
- Finally, enter the network passcode when asked and then tap on Join button at the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
Now that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, follow these steps to perform an iCloud backup:
- Start Settings on your iPhone.
- Now, tap on your name at the top of the screen
- Next, tap iCloud.
- Next on, scroll down and tap iCloud Backup. Ensure the switch next to iCloud Backup is turned on.
- Finally, tap on Back Up Now.
2. Make Sure You Have Enough iCloud Storage
Insufficient iCloud storage space could also be the reason why your iCloud backups is failing. Follow these steps to check the available iCloud storage space on your iPhone
- Start the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Now, tap on your name at the top of the screen.
- Finally,tap iCloud to view the status of your iCloud storage.
Tap on Manage Storage to manage your iCloud storage. You can tap on an individual app to manage its iCloud storage, or you can upgrade your iCloud
storage by tapping on change storage plan.
After you’ve confirmed you have sufficient iCloud storage space, try backing up your iPhone over again by following the above steps.
3. Sign Out Of And Back Into Your iCloud Account
Another great fix to try when your iPhone won’t backup to iCloud is to sign out of iCloud and sign back in on your iPhone. This is a great way to resolve any verification
Issues that could be blocking iCloud backups from working. Just follow these steps:
- Start the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Now, scroll down and tap on Passwords and Accounts.
- Next, tap iCloud, iCloud Drive, Mail and Contacts.
- Next on, tap on Sign Out at the bottom of the display.
- When asked, enter your Apple ID password then tap turn off.
- Type your Apple ID and password to sign back in. After you sign back in, try to backup your iPhone again.
Does Signing Out Of iCloud Permanently Delete The Files On My iPhone?
A number of people have asked about the message that shows up on your iPhone before you sign out of iCloud. The pop-up indicates that you’ll be removing (or deleting)
data from your iPhone. I totally understand the concern most folks get when they see it, however, no need to worry.
Picture iCloud as a record building that keeps copies of every file on your iPhone. Although you are getting rid of them from your iPhone, your entire
data is stored in iCloud Drive securely. When you sign back in with your Apple ID and password, iOS will redownload your entire data to your
iPhone automatically. Non of your information will be lost in the process.
4. Reset All Settings
In case you still have problems backing up your iPhone to iCloud, you will need toreset your iPhone’s settings. Doing so won’t delete any data from your
iPhone — Just the system settings such as Wi-Fi network passwords, Accessibility settings, and stuff like that. However,resetting your iPhone settings may remove any settings that could be blocking
your iCloud backups. Just follow these steps:
- On your iPhone, launch Settings and tap on General.
- Now, scroll down and tap Reset.
- Finally, choose Reset All Settings and enter your passcode to continue. After your iPhone restarts, try performing iCloud backup again. If it
doesn’t backup, try the next solutions.
5. Backup Your iPhone In iTunes Or Finder
If the above fixes didn’t resolve the problem, it’s time to restore your device. Before doing so, however, you need to set a connection between your iPhone and your computer using a USB cable and back it up using
iTunes or Finder (on Macs running macOS Catalina 10.15 or later). Just follow these steps to perform an iTunes backup,:
- Build a connection between your iPhone and your computer using the original USB cable and launch iTunes.
- Select the iPhone button at the top of the iTunes window.
- At the center of the screen under the Backups heading, you will see a button labeled This
computer under the Automatically Back Up header, click on it. Finally, click Back Up Now on the right-hand side of the screen to backup your iPhone to iTunes.
To backup up your iPhone using Finder, set a connection between your iPhone and your computer using the provided USB cable. Next, click on your iPhone under Locations.
Next on, click the circle next to Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac In the Backups section. Lastly, click Back Up Now.
6. DFU Restore Your iPhone
After your backup has completed,
Take a look at our guide on how to DFU restore your iPhone. Check outHow to Force Restart, Enter DFU, Recovery Mode on iPhone 11 & 11 Pro How to Force Restart iPhone 6s and Previous Models and Enter DFU Mode
A DFU restore is different from the regular iPhone restore as it erases both your iPhone’s software and hardware settings, clearing your iPhone of any
potential issues and bugs. This type of restore is often seen as the last result for iOS software troubleshooting ladder.
iPhone Backing Up To iCloud Again
That’s pretty much it! Your data is safe and secure since your iPhone is backing up to iCloud again. If you have any other iCloud problems, we’d love to hear about it in the
Comments section — we may fix it in a future GeeksModo article!