iCloud Storage

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Dino F, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Dino F macrumors 68020

    Dino F

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    #1
    When your iPhone backs up to iCloud, does it overwrite the previous back up?

    By that I mean, if I have 25gb of storage left on iCloud and I do a back up of 1gb, obviously the storage goes down to 24gb. But what happens if the next back that I do is 1gb, does if overwrite the first back so that the iCloud storage still shows 24gb or does it go down to 23gb?

    The reason I am asking is because I've just realized that my current iCloud plan is the 25gb for £28 a year and I'm wondering if the free one(5gb) will be sufficient for iPhone backups to iCloud?
     
  2. jaynone macrumors member

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    I've got an iPad and iPhone and have only used 1gig of storage on iCloud. I can't possibly think of anything to fill up that space.

    It does overwrite the backups, and I don't think it has a way to maintain an archive of backups.

    Until more apps come out to use the iCloud storage I think the 5gigs is more than enough for anyone.
     
  3. Menel macrumors 603

    Menel

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    #3
    First backup is 1GB, each additional backup is very tiny, they are incremental.

    When you do a restore, you'll have a big selection of timestamps to restore from.

    The free 5GB is enough for 3 devices in my experience.

    My very full 16GB iphone and ipad started out at ~400MB each, one hit 900 and the other 1100MB and have leveled off.
     
  4. driftless macrumors demi-god

    driftless

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    #4
    I purchased the 20 GB package as well but I only use 1+ GB. I don't use iCloud for the iWork docs as I prefer the way that Dropbox works. And, Dropbox works for all types of docs & pics, etc. I use iCloud for four devices although the number of devices does not really impact on the storage needs.
     

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