Forum Question: How To Delete Old iCloud Backup ?

My iPhone 4S has been completely backed up to iCloud. Now when I get my iPhone 5, I will enter my iCloud credentials on the new phone so everything comes back as before.
Now also my new phone I will be backing it up again to iCloud.
My question is that do I have to delete the old backup of my iPhone for 4S to save the space on the cloud or will
It get over written with the new backup ? If I have to delete the old backup, how do I do that?
cyrus dubash

Comments: 10 Responses to “How To Delete Old iCloud Backup ?”

    10/28/12 @ 11:50 am

    I don’t believe you need to delete it because backups are not tied to the hardware device like that.
    For instance, if I called my iPhone 4S “My iPhone” it would backup as “My iPhone.” If I then got an iPhone 5 and restored it from “My iPhone” then that device would take over that backup and begin using “My iPhone” as its backup file. I would not have two backups, but one.
    At least I think that’s what should happen. I don’t use iCloud as my backup destination, preferring to use my Mac instead. iCloud backups only make sense for people without a Mac or PC to backup to, or people that travel so often that they rarely get to sync with their computer at home or work.

    Phyllis Steele
    10/28/12 @ 1:21 pm

    I have an iPhone 5 and a Mac, but I back up to iCloud, not my Mac. I thought that was the best way since it is easy, happens automatically, and the backup is available if I’m not at home. Why do you think it’s better to back up to your computer?

      10/28/12 @ 2:30 pm

      iCloud backups use your iCloud drive space, which is limited. iCloud backups are much slower, since it is over the network. They also use your bandwidth, if you have limits on that. So there are advantages and disadvantages.

    10/28/12 @ 1:33 pm

    Some time ago I started using Icloud on my MAC, Iphone and Ipad. I have now purchased an external hard drive and am backing up the Mac regularily. Can I / should I uncloud? I think it is all redundant now, is it? as You can clearly see, I am confused about the whole clouding issue.

      10/28/12 @ 2:31 pm

      Not sure on your specific question, sorry. Are you asking about backups? It sounds like you mean iCloud documents.

        10/29/12 @ 4:36 am

        Sorry I was not more clear on that question. Now that I have backed up my Mac to an external drive, is Icloud still necessary, or is it now redundant.In other words, need i keep clouding now that I am backing up using time machine and an external drive.

          10/29/12 @ 6:42 am

          iCloud isn’t a backup. iCloud allows you to store and sync data between your devices and even access it online. So iCloud and backups are two very different things.

    10/28/12 @ 7:07 pm

    I don’t backup to iCloud either, preferring to do it on my iMac. My reason for this is that I don’t like the idea that someone other than me is responsible for the security & availability of my backups. I guess I just don’t trust iCloud or any other entity as much as I trust myself & my OCD belt & bracers backup system.

    Cyrus Dubash
    10/29/12 @ 12:26 am

    I found this link.

    Cyrus Dubash
    10/29/12 @ 12:28 am

    According to the link. An old phone back up remains on iCloud and then the new phone that got restored also backs up to iCloud as a separate backup. So if one doesn’t need the old or sold phone backup, it has to be deleted manually.

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