4 Free and Efficient Ways to Make iCloud Backup Faster

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Myra Updated on Jun 04, 2018 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

"How long does it take to backup to iCloud", people ask. The answer is that iCloud backup speed is related to the size of your backup and the speed of your Wi-Fi connection. The smaller your backup and faster your Wi-Fi connection is, the faster your iDevice will back up to iCloud. So there is no accurate for iCloud to back up. But if you have questions like "Why is my iCloud backup so low" or "Why is my iCloud backup taking too long", there are indeed some measures you can take to make your iCloud backup faster or you can choose an alternative way to back up your iPhone/iPad instead of using iCloud. 

How to make iCloud backup faster

Tip 1: Free up space on iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to make iCloud backup faster

If you intend to back up your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and your iDevice is running sluggishly, you'd better clean up your iDevice first before you back up your iPhone/iPad/iPad Touch to iCloud. You can visit the article that details the tips to speed up your iPhone/iPad to know how to make it.

Tip 2: Avoid backing up large files to speed up iCloud backup

As I mentioned above, the time it takes to back up to iCloud partly depends on the size of the backup. So you can choose not to back up the large files to avoiding iCloud backup taking too long. Besides, given that only the first 5GB of iCloud storage is free and backing up large files to iCloud can easily eat up the free iCloud storage, it's a good choice to backup your iDevice to the computer with iTunes.

Tip 3: Ensure a fast Wi-Fi connection to speed up iCloud backup

The other factor that will influence iCloud backup speed is the quality of your Wi-Fi connection. If you get your iDevice under a good Wi-Fi connection, it will surely make your iCloud backup faster.

Tip 4: Disable unnecessary backup to make iCloud backup faster

Select content that is useful and important to back up for preventing unnecessary backup. You can check what content gets backed up to iCloud by following steps.

For iOS 10.3 and later:

Step 1: Go to "Settings" and tap on your name.

Step 2: Choose "iCloud" and click "Storage".

Step 3: Go to "Manage Storage" and choose your device under "BACKUPS" section.

Step 4: Click "Show All Apps" and find the App you don't want to back up to iCloud.

Step 5:  Toggle the App off and choose "Turn off & Delete".

For iOS 10.2 and earlier:

Step 1: Open "Settings" App and go to "General".

Step 2: Choose "Storage & iCloud Usage" and select "Manage Storage" under "ICLOUD" section.

Step 3: Select your device.

Step 4: In "CHOOSE DATA TO BACK UP" section, click "Show All Apps", turn off the Apps you don't want to back up to iCloud and confirm.

What your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch backs up to iCloud

Bonus Tip:

Back up your iPhone/iPad for free without iCloud

One simple method, instead of using iTunes or iCloud, to back up iPhone or iPad is to use MobiMover Free, which is an iPhone data transfer tool designed to transfer files from iDevice to computer, from computer to iDevice or from one iPhone/iPad to another with its one-click features for completely free. With MobiMover, you can manage your iPhone content like photos, music, videos, contacts, messages, notes and so on freely. The steps below will show you how to use MobiMover to back up your iPhone or iPad with ease. Besides, with MobiMover installed on your PC, you can use it to solve your problems like transferring photos from iPhone to iPad, transferring music from computer to iPad and so on. Don't hesitate to try MobiMover to help you out of your problems.

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable. Tap Trust on your iPhone screen if a pop-up requires. Open EaseUS MobiMover and select the iDevice to PC pattern in the main interface.

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Step 2: MobiMover will read and load all the iPhone files so you can back up them with only one click. If you'd like to export a particular data category, you can uncheck others as you need.

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Step 3: After choosing the data files, the next step is to set the path for backing up iPhone.  You can do it by clicking the Folder icon under the computer symbol. Or you can let MobiMover save the files at a desktop folder.

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Step 4: Now, click Transfer to back up iPhone files to your computer immediately. Please don't break off the USB connection while transferring. You can open the exported pictures and videos directly. To view the contacts and messages saved as a .html file, you need to start a web browser and check them on the web page.

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