iCloud iOS backups are growing

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  1. ross7777 macrumors member

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    I have 2 iPhones and 1 iPad backing up to iCloud. The size of the backups has exploded from around 300-500MB each to 1.3GB recently. I've tried turning off and deleting the backups. The size goes down but it's back up the next day.
    I also tried backing up the iPad to iTunes and restoring from the iTunes backup. After turning on iCloud backup it grew to 1.3 GB again.

    Please tell me there is another option besides setting up as a new device. What a pain to set everything up again.
     
  2. Julien macrumors G3

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    You already did it. Why not just use iTunes. It has several advantages over iCloud. Full backup, much faster restore and doesn't use your iCloud space.
     
  3. ross7777 thread starter macrumors member

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    iCloud is so convenient though. I always hating using iTunes.
     
  4. whsbuss macrumors 68040

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    True but I don't trust any remote server holding a copy of my data.
     
  5. staccato83 macrumors 6502a

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    Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage > [name] iPhone

    This should show you how much data is being backed up for each individual app. I went through a similar situation when I started using PDF Expert and having it sync my Dropbox account.
     
  6. ross7777 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have and it doesn't add up. It just keeps slowing growing in size.
     
  7. impaler macrumors 6502

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    I believe you should use both. And on iTunes, enable encrypted backup to save your passwords securely. iCloud restoring is great, but slow - and iTunes backs up much more than iCloud does.
     
  8. ross7777 thread starter macrumors member

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    Up until now icloud has been great. I prefer not syncing with a computer. Especially with 3 devices. This seems like a glitch
     
  9. impaler macrumors 6502

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    Ok by me. Ignore my advice at your peril. You will not get a full backup of your device unless you backup to iTunes. If you're willing to live with less than a full backup, sounds like you have your mind made up. Good luck.
     
  10. ross7777 thread starter macrumors member

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    I've restored from both iTunes and iCloud without issues. I just want to know why my iCloud backups are so large.
     
  11. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    iMessages. My iPhone and iPad backups were real small and stable when I was just using SMS. But they ballooned pretty rapidly after using iMessages. I've since moved to iTunes backups.
     
  12. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    I stopped using iTunes because I would have random music added and using iTunes Match, this annoyed me.

    So what doesn't iCloud back up? I have restored my phone from iCloud twice and never missed anything at all.
     
  13. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Here is an Apple document that lists what iCloud backs up.

    The big difference I found is if you do an iTunes backup and check the box to encrypt it, it will backup all your app passwords from the iOS device so if you restore you don't have to go back through all your app and manually reenter all the passwords.
     
  14. Primejimbo, Jun 1, 2014
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    Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    That's just it, I have read that before and all my apps are logged in except for skydrive (Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, all the apple apps, twitter, 1Password, and others don't need to be re-logged in). Everything else is fine so that's why I just stayed doing this way now. It does take a while for it to complete, but when I do a restore I just set it up and let it run all night.
     

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