Apple iCloud: Manage App Data Backup and Storage

If you enable iCloud backup on your iOS 5 device, all photos, documents, and app data from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will upload to iCloud automatically.  If you want to stay under the 5GB limit for free storage,  though, definitely manage the app data you back up.

Launch Settings and go to iCloud >> Storage & Backup.

Storage & Backup

Here you’ll see the available storage of your free 5GB account. Tap Manage Storage.

Manage Storage

Now tap your device.

Select Device

Next, you’ll be at the Info screen. Here you can manage what app data is backed up to iCloud.

Device Info

Scroll down the screen and turn off the apps you don’t want to be backed up. A list of apps using the most space is available. To manage the others, tap Show All Apps.

Backup Options

When you turn off an app, you’ll get a verification message. It will delete the backup data already stored in iCloud. So be cautious.

Verify Turn Off & Delete

Don’t worry about the data stored locally on your device. It’s still there. You’re only deleting the backup data from iCloud.

To save storage space on your device, a great method is to batch delete photos and videos.

Camera Roll

If your free 5GB of space on the iCloud account fills up, remove some apps to get more space.



  1. phil

    December 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Great. Now is there a way to do this with my home computer-based (ie not iCloud) backup.
    I have a particular app which is causing my backup to take up an inordinate amount of space on my hard drive.

  2. David webb

    July 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    We appreciate your site.. Thanks

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