How to selectively back up app data over iCloud

If you’re limited on iCloud storage space, you can manually decide what app data you want, and what you don’t!

Updated February 2017: Added information for iOS 10.

If you’re on a free iCloud storage plan, you are probably already aware that you only get 5GB to store your information (cue sad trombone). That isn’t a lot of space, especially if you own multiple iOS devices.

One way you can free up some additional storage to use elsewhere is by manually choosing what app data gets stored, and what won’t!

Turning off app data doesn’t mean that app won’t return to your during an iCloud , it just the app’s data will not return.

Typically the camera and document-centric apps are the most storage hungry. If you decide to turn these off, just make sure you’re okay with losing the data within them in the event of a . We’d suggest saving any documents or photos to your computer frequently to free up storage space.

Or you can of course upgrade your iCloud storage plan if you want to store all your things, all the time – there are a ton of options to choose from! But here’s how you can selectively back up add data over iCloud.

How to choose what app data gets backed up to iCloud for iPhone and iPad.

Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap on iCloud.

Tap on Storage.

Tap Manage Storage.Tap on your . It will say This iPhone or This iPad underneath it. Remember, you can only manage iCloud data for the device you’re currently using.

Turn Off any apps that you don’t want to back up app data for and tap on Turn Off & Delete in the popup menu.

How do you use iCloud?

Are you a big iCloud fan? Or do you prefer to back up your data using some other method? Let us know in the comments below!

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