“My iCloud backup was on but it wasn't backing up, so I turned it off and when I tried turning it back on, it won't turn on. And I need to turn it on so I can back up because I bought a new iPhone. So what should I do?”
It is always a good idea to back up your phone to keep data secure. If you are an Apple user, iCloud is a great way to back up your iPhone or iPad. However, you may sometimes find that iCloud backup won't turn on. When this happens, it can be really frustrating.
In this article, we will explain why your iPhone won't back up to the iCloud and how to fix the problem so you can complete your backup.
To fix the issue of iCloud backup won't turn on, it is better to understand why this happens. And below are some of the common reasons for the problem:
Knowing why iCloud backup button won't turn on is not enough. You also need to know how to fix this issue. To help you out, here are 7 ways you can try to make your iCloud backup turn on again.
Restarting your iPhone or iPad can help to fix the bugs causing your iCloud not to turn on. Here are the simple steps to restart your device:
For iPhone X, 11, 12, 13
For iPhone 8 and Earlier
If your iCloud backup still won't turn on after a simple restart, you can try to force restart your iPhone, which is also called hard reset.
Since iCloud can back up a large amount of data in a single backup, the backups can only work over a Wi-Fi connection. For this reason, your device has to be connected to Wi-Fi for iCloud backup to work. Here is how to ensure your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi:
The reason why you don’t have the ability to back up your iPhone using iCloud may be as a result of a network issue. To fix this issue, perform a network reset. The following steps will help you reset your network settings:
Maybe the reason why your iCloud backup won't turn on is because the space available is not enough. To check your available iCloud storage, follow the steps below:
Check Available iCloud Storage
Purchase More iCloud Storage
If there isn't enough storage, you may need to click Delete Backup to create room. If deleting your previous backups is not an option for you, you can choose fewer files to back up. You can also purchase more storage by following the steps below:
Choose a plan and follow the on-screen instructions to upgrade iCloud storage.
Sometimes, the reason why your iCloud backup won’t turn on is due to verification issues with your iCloud account. Signing out of and then back into iCloud on your iPhone can help to fix this problem. Follow the steps indicated below:
iCloud backup may not work if you don’t have the latest iOS system installed. Follow the steps below to update your iPhone:
If your iCloud backup still won't turn on, it is time to reset your iPhone's settings. This process won't delete any data from your device, only the system settings like Wi-Fi passwords will be removed. To reset all settings, follow the steps indicated here:
iTunes/Finder is another great backup method that Apple offers its users. Using iTunes or Finder is not hard. By following the simple steps indicated below, you should be able to backup your iPad or iPhone with iTunes/Finder in minutes:
Due to the limitation of iCloud or iTunes, many people now prefer to backup iPhone using third-party tools. Here we recommend FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore. It provides a flexible way to back up all kinds of data on iPhone/iPad without any limitations. You can either create a full backup or selectively back up the data you need only. What's more, you're allowed to view the data in the backup.
Here's how to backup iPhone without iCloud or iTunes:
If your iCloud backup won't turn on, you can use the 7 methods we have listed in this article to fix it. Try one method and if it does not fix the issue, move on to the next. Also, you can try iTunes or FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore as an alternative method for backing up your iPhone data.
Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.
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