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How to fix iCloud backup stuck issues?

I’m backing up my iPhone with iCloud as usual but something seems going wrong. iCloud backup is stuck at “About 1 minute remaining”. It’s been stuck for an hour. Does anyone know about it?

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iCloud Backup Stuck

The iOS 15 has been officially released so many users could update the old iOS 14. Before updating iOS, making an iCloud backup is a foolproof way to keep data safe.

Backing up iPhone could protect our important information. If you failed to update to iOS 15, everything is still in your iPhone backup. You could also use it to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone.

iCloud is a built-in application on iPhone. You could use it to save iPhone data to the cloud. It could be pretty convenient before issues arise. What should you do to fix iPhone backup stuck or taking hours? You could find the answer in this passage.

iCloud backup is usually finished in 1 hour. If it takes too long to backup iPhone to iCloud, you can fix the issue with the following 7 solutions.

Section 1. How to rescue a stuck iCloud backup

iCloud backup stuck at 1 minute for too long can be harassing. Your iCloud backup might be stuck by system bugs or your iPhone could not trigger an automatic backup for some reason. When your iCloud backup is stuck, follow the solutions below to solve your problem.

Method 1. Reboot iPhone

Whenever you meet with problems when using iPhone, you could try turning it off and on again. System glitches could cause iCloud backup frozen but restarting iPhone could refresh the system.

Method 2. Update iOS

Compatibility is very important. If you use out-of-date iOS, some data could not be added to new backup and it might cause iCloud backup corrupt. In addition, Some old iOS versions might cause iCloud backup stuck on Estimating time remaining for hours. Users are confused about this but actually, the backup has been successfully completed and could be found in iCloud settings. This is admitted by Apple later. As a result, updating iOS might solve your problem.

To update iOS version, go to "Settings" > "General" > "Software Update" to check if there is any newer version and update it.

ios software update

Method 3. Trigger automatic backup

If you enable iCloud backup in iPhone Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Backup > iCloud Backup, iCloud would automatically back up your iPhone but it would just happen when your iPhone is locked, and connected to Wi-Fi and power at night. You should be aware of that or would be informed backup failed.

Method 4. Reset network

Network is essential to use iCloud. If there’s a network problem, the task might be stuck. Except for checking your Wi-Fi, you might need to reset your network in iPhone Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Setting. Then, you should connect Wi-Fi and try again.

Method 5. Clear old backup

Sometimes the old backup might make iCloud backup slow or stuck because it is the incremental backup that iCloud produces. The compatibility of two backup files might conflict. Deleting the old backup and try again.

Method 6. Check backup size

iCloud backup might be stuck by no enough storage. Except for clearing the existing data in the iCloud setting, you could also decide the size of your backup. Go to iPhone Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups > [your device name]. You could see when you backup iPhone with iCloud last time, the next backup size and the app data that would be included in your backup. You could switch off the unwanted apps to reduce the size of your backup.

Check iCloud Backup Size

Method 7. Reset all settings

This might be your last resort. Before that, you need to backup iPhone to computer with iTunes or other software because it means erasing your iPhone. Go to iPhone Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Setting, and erase the data to refresh your iPhone and then set up the iPhone with your backup on computer.

You have 5GB of free iCloud storage. Is it enough to backup your whole iPhone? iCloud would just save important data like photos, messages, settings, and app data. The backup files could not be viewed on iPhone and you could only restore iPhone from that iCloud backup when you set up iPhone, or you need to download iCloud backup with third-party software.

Section 2. Save iPhone to computer to avoid iCloud backup issues

Saving data with cloud tools might be complex and it is likely to harm your privacy. You might come across all kinds of problems like uploading items to include about 1 minute remaining. If so, you could save iPhone data to your computer with AOMEI MBackupper. It is a free professional iPhone backup software. You could use it to backup all iPhone data to a computer/external disk.

Besides, it supports "Custom Backup" to selectively backup some important data on your iPhone like photos, videos, music, contacts, and messages. AOMEI MBackupper makes your backup progress easy. It supports all iOS devices including the latest iPhone 13/12/11, iPad 8/Air 4. It is perfectly compatible with iOS 15/14.

If you have your own home server like NAS, AOMEI MBackupper would help you easily backup iPhone to NAS.

Backup all iPhone data

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

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Step 2. Click "Full Backup" on the main interface.

full backup

Step 3. Click "Full Backup" when the program is launched. 

click full backup

Step 4. In this dialogue, you can encrypt the process to backup personal data. Then click "Start Backup".

backup encryption

Custom backup important data

Step 1. Choose "Custom Backup" when you launch AOMEI MBackupper.

Custom Backup

Step 2. Click the icons of the features to select iPhone data.

select iPhone apps

Step 3. Preview and select iPhone data. Click OK.

Select iPhone Data

Step 4. Choose a storage path, and click Start Backup.

Click Start Backup


To fix iCloud backup stuck issues, you should restart iPhone to check whether the issue still exists and then troubleshoot the problem following the above methods. Apart from cloud tools, you could also use the iCloud alternative, AOMEI MBackupper, to transfer the important data to the computer so you no longer meet with iCloud backup issues.

In addition, if you were transferring data from old iPhone to new iPhone/iPad, AOMEI MBackupper also provides iPhone to iPhone transfer to directly move all data from old device to new one.