Trying to fix an issue I decided to delete my iCloud backup for my iPad 2, turn off iCloud backup and do a restore and restore backup from iTunes. After everything finished, I turned iCloud backup and forced a backup. The backup finished in a few minutes (uploading about 40 MB according to my router), but the iCloud backup size showed as 1.5 GB (same as before). This makes absolutely no sense since it should have uploaded 1.5 GB. The only thing I can think of that makes sense is that when I deleted the backup, it didn't actually delete it. Then when I turned it back on, it simply used the old backup data and appended whatever changes I had made to it, like it normally does. I called Apple though and they said that's not how it works (they also claimed they saw 1 GB of data uploaded, despite my router reporting only 40 MB). Does anyone know what happens exactly if an iCloud backup is deleted and then a new backup is created on the same device a few hours later? Edit: The same thing can be seen, if for example I turn off backing up of the camera roll and then wait a bit and turn it back on and force a backup. My Camera Roll is 205 MB, but it only uploaded about 2 MB. The only thing I can guess is that the actual data isn't deleted when you delete a backup. It probably gets flagged for deletion and then gets deleted in the future. Can anyone reproduce my test by turning off backing up of a specific large item and see that the amount of data backed up, is much smaller than that?