There may come a time that you begin to experience severe glitching or other issues with your iPhone or Apple device. In relation, it may be time to consider a back-up of all your data & settings to restore your device. A “Restore” will erase all of the data on your Apple device, including any photos, music, or calendar, and then restore your device to its original settings. For this reason, it is extremely vital to make sure you have an alternate backup on iCloud to save your device’s data before restoration.

Apple’s iTunes software will allow you to backup and store the data from your Apple device to your computer. Apple’s iCloud service can back-up your iPhone or other Apple device to a cloud storage server which happens over an internet connection. Back-ups using Apple’s iCloud might be a little painful for first time users, and many users report not being able to complete the backup process for one reason or another.

According to Apple, the amount of time it will take to fully restore your data from an iCloud backup depends on the size of your backup and the speed of your Wifi connection; But even Apple has admitted that by using the strongest Wifi connection, it could still take you 1 – 4 hours per GB to complete the iCloud backup process. Below, we’ll explain how long it should take to back-up your Apple devices to iCloud and reasons why it might take so long to complete your backup:


How To Make iCloud Backup Faster

Free up some space on your device by deleting unnecessary data.
If you want to backup your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, and your device is running slowly, then you’ll want to clean up your device to reduce the back-up size before connecting your device to iCloud.

Remove large files from your backup. The time it will take to backup your device to iCloud mostly depends on the size of your backup. You could choose to not backup some larger files to avoid a longer iCloud backup process. Since you only get 5GB of iCloud storage for free and backing up some large files to iCloud might easily use up the free space, it is a better idea to back-up your larger files directly to your computer using iTunes.

Make sure your internet connection is optimal. The other main factor that influences iCloud backup speeds will be the quality of your internet connection. If you can get your device logged in to a high-speed connection, it’ll certainly make your iCloud backup faster.

Delete other backups to make room for your new one. Select only the data that is useful and important to you to prevent backing up unnecessary files. You’ll be able to choose which data is being backed up to iCloud by following these steps:

For iOS 10.3 or newer:

  1. Go to “Settings” and select your name.
  2. Select “iCloud” and click “Storage”.
  3. Go to “Manage Storage” and choose the device in the “Backups” area.
  4. Choose “Show All Apps” to find any apps you don’t want to backup.
  5. Select “Turn off & Delete”.

For iOS 10.2 and earlier:

  1. Open “Settings” and go to “General”.
  2. Choose “Storage & iCloud Usage,” then “Manage Storage” under the “iCloud” area.
  3. Select the device you want to backup.
  4. In the “Choose Data To Backup” area, select “Show All Apps”, then deselect any apps you don’t want to backup to iCloud, then “Confirm”.