Solved: iCloud Backup Failed But I Have Space

This article totally introduces 7 ways to solve “iCloud backup failed but I have space” issue, which contain checking Internet, switching off and on iCloud Backup, using FoneTool, etc.


By Bryce / Updated on June 9, 2023

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My iCloud backup failed even with enough space

My iPhone 12 backup keeps failing, I have enough iCloud storage space, but it still prompts me that the backup failed due to insufficient space, why? Can you give me any advice, please?

- Question from Apple Community

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What to do when iCloud not backing up even with enough storage


iCloud is a cloud server commonly used by Apple users, which is used to store private data. Sometimes we may encounter some iCloud issues when backup data. The most common problem we encounter is iCloud storage full, and we can solve it by freeing up space. But sometimes why iPhone won't backup even though iCloud has enough storage? The next content will be the causes and reasons for iCloud backup failures with enough space and introduce another two great backup utilities for iPhone: iTunes and FoneTool.

Part 1. 5 methods to fix iCloud not backing up with enough storage

In the following part, there are 5  methods below to help you figure out about iCloud not backing up with enough storage.

Method 1. Charge your phone with enough power

iCloud backup is relatively power-hungry, so backup requires enough power on the phone( more than 50%). There is a battery icon in the upper-right corner of your iPhone where you can check the battery level. If the phone battery is low, please charge it in time.

Battery Drain

Method 2. Check your Internet

iCloud backup can only be performed under the condition of a stable network, so you ought to check your Internet. If you use cellular data, I suggest you switch to WIFI because it’s more stable than the former.

You can quickly open the Control Center (swipe down from the upper-right corner or swipe up from the bottom of the screen), and convert the network connection.

iPhone Control Panel

If your network condition is good but your iPhone still fails to backup, you could go to Settings.

iPhone Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

After resetting the network, you should connect to WIFI again.

Network Settings

Method 3. Turn off and on iCloud Backup

iCloud settings can also cause backup problems. You can fix the problem by restarting your iCloud Backup.

Step 1. Open the iPhone Settings, and then tap your name.

Step 2. Click iCloud and tap iCloud Backup.

Step 3. Switch off and on iCloud Backup.

Step 4. Tap on Back Up Now.

iCloud Back Up

Method 4. Re-login to your iCloud account

Another simple way to fix iCloud is to log back into iCloud. This is a quick fix if the iCloud is faulty.

Go to Settings > Tap your name > Slide down and click Sign Out > Enter your Apple ID to sign in.

Sign Out iCloud

Method 5. Contact Apple Support

If you use the above methods and your iCloud backup still fails, you can contact Apple Support via the official website. They know their products better, so they can bring you a more effective solution.

Apple Support

Part 2. Backup iPhone with iTunes

You can utilize iTunes on your PC to back up your data as well. Compared with iCloud, iTunes is more complete on backup because iCloud has limited storage space.

Step 1. Download iTunes on the computer, and connect your iPhone to the computer.

Step 2. Click the device icon in the upper-left corner.

Step 3. Tap Summary, and click Back Up Now.

iTunes Backup

Part 3. Using FoneTool to backup your iPhone

You can use a third-party iPhone data tool, FoneTool. As a professional backup tool, it has many merits.

No Internet required: It does not require an internet connection, just connect the iPhone to the computer via USB cable to use.
Easy to use: It provides users with a graphical interface to complete the backup with just a few mouse clicks.
Two backup modes: It can not only make full backups, but also selective backup.
Flexible restorations: It can restore data to different devices, like iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.
Keep your data safe: You can encrypt your backup, which can be very useful for backup privacy information like Health Data on iPhone.

Click the button below to download this freeware.

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One-click backup of your data

Step 1. Launch the FoneTool, and connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable.

Step 2. Click "Phone Backup" and go to “Full Backup”. Then, click "Get Started".

Full Backup1

Step 3.  Then, click “Start Backup” to state the operation. To manage the backup path, click the settings icone. 

Full Backup2

Selective backup iPhone data

Step 1. Run FoneTool, and then connect your iPhone to computer.

Step 2.  Click "Phone Backup" and click "Get Started" under "Selective Backup".  

Selective Backup 1

Step 3. You can choose the data that you want to backup and preview and click "Start Backup"

Selective Backup 3

Sum up

That’s the solution to the “iCloud backup failed but I have space” issue. You can choose to repair your iCloud, or just use iTunes and FoneTool directly.

In fact, FoneTool is also a practical transfer software, which supports transfer between different devices, like computer to iPhone, iPhone to iPhone, iPhone to iPad, etc.

Bryce · Editor
Bryce is an editor of AOMEI Technology, he covers backup & restore, hard disk & partitions management, cloud files transfer, website & database backup and so on for AOMEI. He enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. He loves traveling, Sleeping, reserching and so on. He enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. He loves traveling, Sleeping, reserching and so on. He would like to spend all time on reaserching computer problems. He is a very cute boy.