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iCloud backup suddenly too big


macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 13, 2013
My last iCloud backup of my iphone 4S was 1.9G. Just a few days later, without having adding any apps, photos, or anything, it says the next backup is 6.8! I have turned off and/or deleted all apps except what is native to the phone. I turned off the camera roll and documents and data. It still says the next backup is 6.6. I cannot figure out what is taking up this space and have searched the forums. I read that imessage backs up every attachment ever sent/received in an imessage, but I don't know how to delete them or if that's even correct. Any help would be appreciated! (I also posted this on the icloud forum.) :confused:


macrumors regular
Sep 6, 2011
iCloud backups include app data. So it is of little importance how many apps you have installed on your iphone. If you have a large number of messages in your Messages app, simply tap on the "Edit" button on the top left corner once in the app. Next, tap on the red "-" circular icons and tap "Delete".


macrumors G4
Jan 8, 2012
Also, try deleting your back up and turning it back on. I usually gain quite a bit of space back by doing that on occasion.
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