Disable automatic backups?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by jason2811, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2006
    Is there a way to disable automatic backups to my computer and iCloud? I just want to plug my phone in and have my music transfer over without any backups being created. Thanks!
  2. BrettDS macrumors 65816

    Nov 14, 2012
    Unfortunately I don't know the answer to your question, but if you're concerned about the time it's taking I will say that after you get one full backup the subsequent backups only back up anything that changed, so it goes much faster. Of course, if you're worried about disk space, then that won't help much;)

    That said, though, backups of some sort are always a good idea. You never know when something bad will happen and you'll wish you had one.
  3. Solver macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2004
    Cupertino, CA
    Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.
    Under Backup, turn off the switch for iCloud Backup.
  4. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    If you enable iCloud backups, the device will stop backing up automatically to the computer when you sync.

    You can still back up manually to the computer, by right clicking the device in iTunes and clicking "Backup".

    Aside from enabling iCloud backup there is no way to disable the automatic backup. It is there so that when you lose your phone you're less likely to whine to Apple about how you lost all your precious data.

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