How to clean up and delete items that no longer need to be backed up to your iCloud account.

Checking iCloud Storage Availability

  • If you're using iOS 8 or later, tap Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage.
  • If you're using an earlier version of iOS, tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.

Selecting Which Apps to Back Up

  1. Tap Settings > iCloud.

    If you're using iOS 8 or later, tap Storage > Manage Storage.

    If you're using an earlier version of iOS, tap Storage & Backup > Manage Storage.

  2. Tap the name of your iOS device.
  3. Under Backup Options, turn off any apps that you don't want to back up. When you're asked to confirm, choose Turn Off & Delete to turn off Backup for that app and remove all of its data from iCloud.

Deleting Backups

  1. Tap Settings > iCloud.

    If you're using iOS 8 or later, tap Storage > Manage Storage.

    If you're using an earlier version of iOS, tap Storage & Backup, then tap Manage Storage.

  2. Tap the name of your iOS device.
  3. Tap Delete Backup. When you're asked to confirm, choose Turn Off & Delete to turn off Backup and remove all backups for that iOS device from iCloud. When you delete a backup, it also turns off backup of your iOS device.

Deleting Photos

  1. Go to the Photos app, then tap Photos at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Tap Select, and choose one or more photos or videos that you want to delete.
  3. Tap the trash icon, and then tap Delete Photo.

Your Camera Roll is part of your iCloud backup.

Deleting Individual Files

  1. Tap Settings > iCloud.

    If you're using iOS 8 or later, tap Storage > Manage Storage > iCloud Drive.

    If you're using an earlier version of iOS, tap Storage & Backup, then tap Manage Storage.

  2. Tap the name of the app that's using iCloud Drive.
  3. The individual files in that app will appear. You can either swipe left or click the Edit button to remove files.