Managing iCloud storage - deleting app data - how does it affect restore from iCloud?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by natapanya, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. natapanya macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2011
    To reduce iCloud storage, I know I can choose to delete/not backup individual app data in the iCloud preferences menu of iOS 5.

    But if I turn off data backup for an individual app, what happens if I restore my iPhone using iCloud later?

    1. Will the app itself still appear in the same spot/apps page of my iPhone (but without the app data)?

    2. Or will the app itself be missing from the iCloud restore (because I deleted/did not backup the app data), and have to be "repurchased"?

    3. Or something else?

    If the answer is 2 or 3 above, it would seem that there's a "trade-off" whenever you try to reduce iCloud storage by deleting/not backing up individual app data.

    I know I can repurchase the same apps from the "Purchased" menu of the App Store but it would be a hassle to have to do that, and then move each individual app to the right folder, screen page, etc.

    Thoughts/answers would be gratefully received . . . Thanks!
  2. mirzank macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2008
    Ive been going crazy looking for an answer to this as well. If someone knows please let us know. My iphone backed up to icloud fine 2 months ago but now suddenly needs an wxtra 200 mb for some reason even though not much has changed on phone and ive got 300 mb free.
  3. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    Why not just use the iTunes Wifi Sync instead of iCloud backup and save all that storage? The wifi sync does a more complete backup and it happens anytime you plug in your device to any charger such as when you connect your device to a wall outlet before going to bed.

    You can also manually force an iTunes Wifi sync by just clicking on "Sync Now" in the Settings on your device.

    The only reason I would turn on iCloud backups is if I did not own a computer.
  4. mirzank macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2008
    Yes i do backup to itunes once in a while but the icloud feature is great and id like to sort it out. I also travel a lot and my itunes bakip on home computer is a final failsafe and ive been stuck more than once woth a crashed device or lost device and had to buy a new one and restore so for me this icloud backup is indespensible.

    Ultimately if i have to buy storGe it will but would be still great to have answers to those questions.

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