The iCloud account that you have configured on your iPhone can be used as a location for you to store certain types of files, including backups of the device. iOS 9 even offers a way for you to more actively use your iCloud storage by including an iCloud Drive icon on your iPhone. But free iCloud accounts are limited to 5 GB of storage, and even a single iPhone backup can exceed that limitation if you have enough files on your iPhone.
If you are curious about the size of your iPhone backups that are being saved to your iCloud account, then you can check on them from within the Settings menu on your iPhone. Our guide below will show you how to locate this information.
Find the Size of an iCloud Backup of Your iPhone in iOS 9
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9. These steps may vary slightly for other iOS versions.
This guide assumes that you have set up iCloud on your iPhone, and that you currently have a backup of your iPhone that is saved to iCloud.
- Tap the Settings icon.
- Select the General option.
- Scroll down and select the Storage & iCloud Usage option.
- Tap the Manage Storage button under the iCloud section.
- Your backup is listed under Backups, and the size is at the right side of the backup description. For example, the backup size in the image below is 1.4 GB.
If you tap the backup if will open an Info screen that shows you more information about the backup, plus includes a list of items that you can elect to include or not include with the backup. You can also delete and turn off backups by tapping the Delete Backup button at the bottom of the screen.
You can learn more about managing iCloud backups and reducing their size if you are having difficulty backing up to iCloud because your backup file is too large.
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