The Apple iCloud service is an essential part of the Apple ecosystem. A seamless backup and restore process through iCloud is the reason the majority won’t hesitate to pay for it. But if iCloud backup is stuck or taking too long for you, it’s a good idea to take a closer look. Here are the possible factors why iCloud backup takes longer on iPhone and tips to fix the problem.
When trying to back up to iCloud, you should remember that it mostly requires a stable and consistent connection. Without it, you might have incomplete or no backup. Here are some things you need to check and troubleshoot to make sure iCloud backup runs smoothly and doesn’t get stuck.
1. Slower Wi-Fi speed
Even if you have the fastest 5G connection in your region, you will have a hard time doing an iCloud backup over a mobile data connection. That’s why even Apple recommends using a Wi-Fi connection. If your iPhone or iPad is connected to a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network, you should switch to the 5.0 GHz band for better speeds.
Restarting your router can help and you can also test your connection speeds with fast.com or Speedtest to find out how reliable it is.
2. iCloud backup is great
When you have enabled everything from media to apps like WhatsApp in iCloud backup, the overall size of the backup can increase dramatically. Before showing you how to reduce iCloud backup size, you can check the next backup size in the Settings menu. Here’s how.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on iPhone.
2nd step: Go to the Profile menu.
Step 3: Select iCloud and open Manage Storage.
Step 4: Select Backups and check the current backup of your device.
Step 5: In the next information menu, you will see the time of the last backup, the size of the backup, the option to delete the current backup, and the size of the next backup.
Depending on your usage and preferences, this could range from 1GB to 15GB (this is just a guess, it may exceed 15GB for power users). In our case, the current backup size was 10.36 GB.
If you think the iCloud backup is too large, you can exclude major apps from the backup list.
Exclude apps like WhatsApp from iCloud
WhatsApp uses iCloud to store user media and chat data. If you like to download and keep all media sent to you on WhatsApp, it might take 8GB to 10GB of space in iCloud backup. However, you can choose to exclude WhatsApp data.
Open Settings on iPhone and go to the Profile menu. Select iCloud and scroll to WhatsApp. Turn off the toggle and from now on iCloud will no longer back up WhatsApp chats and data.
Disable media backup
If you’re already using OneDrive or Google Photos to back up photos and videos, it doesn’t make sense to store the same data in iCloud.
You can open iPhone settings and scroll to Photos. Turn off the iCloud Photos toggle and you’re good to go. Don’t forget to backup the new photos and videos to any of the iCloud alternatives on iPhone.
3. Exclude videos from WhatsApp backups
Some of the messages are too valuable not to be backed up to iCloud. So, you can make sure these conversations are part of the backup and delete all unwanted videos and photos from WhatsApp.
Step 1: Open WhatsApp on iPhone and in Settings.
2nd step: Select Chats and open the chat backup.
Step 3: Turn off the Include Videos toggle and it will reduce the size of the backup.
The practice will lead to a faster iCloud backup process on iPhone.
4. Keep the iPhone connected to the power source
ICloud backup only happens when your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi, power, and locked.
Don’t make a habit of removing your iPhone from charge every now and then. This will pause the iCloud backup process and cause longer backup times.
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5. Disable the background download process
Are you trying to download the latest season of Ted Lasso on Apple TV or Money Heist on Netflix for offline viewing? You should turn off the background download process so that iCloud can use all the internet bandwidth and quickly complete the backup process.
6. Check iCloud servers
iCloud doesn’t win any awards for reliability. There may be times when iCloud servers are having a rough day.
Go to the Apple System Status page and check the status of the iCloud backup. Make sure it has a green indicator, then try again.
Perform regular iCloud backups
If you are lacking in patience, you have no choice but to use iTunes to complete the backup process. It’s not as transparent as using iCloud, but it should do the job.
Have you noticed any improvements in iCloud backup turnaround time? Share your experience in the comments below.
Last updated on January 13, 2022
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