[Fixed] Temporary iCloud Storage not Working on iOS 15/16

Temporary iCloud storage helps transfer data to new iPhone 13/14. But you may find temporary iCloud storage not working. Read this guide to see how to fix the issue and transfer all data to new iPhone successfully.


By Demi / Updated on May 31, 2024

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Since iOS 15, Apple has provided users with free, unlimited iCloud storage to assist iPhone-to-iPhone data transfer, which helps you set up new iPhone from old iPhone without data loss no matter whether you paid iCloud plan or not.  However, when you intend to take advantage of it, you may suddenly find temporary iCloud storage not working on your iPhone.

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Then, what to do when temporary iCloud storage not working? 4 methods will be provided in this post to help you out.

Overview: How to access temporary iCloud storage

Before troubleshooting the issue, you should be noted that there are some limitations that may prevent you from utilizing temporary iCloud storage.

• Your old iPhone should be running on iOS 15 and later.
• The backup files saved in the temporary iCloud storage are available in 21 days.
• You are able to access temporary iCloud storage when you have got a new iPhone and don't have enough space on your iCloud account to backup your old iPhone.

If your old iPhone meets the criteria above, you can click on this article to check whether you use temporary iCloud storage to transfer data in a right way.

4 fixes to temporary iCloud storage not working on iPhone

Setting up temporary iCloud storage correctly, but the problem still exists? You can try the following solutions one after another until your issue gets fixed.

Fix 2. Check & reset network settings

Both the backup and restore process using iCloud require a fast and steady network. An invalid Wi-Fi can lead to the problem that temporary iCloud storage not working on iPhone.

You can switch to another Wi-Fi to have a try. Furthermore, you can reset network settings to fix network glitches that may lead to temporary iCloud backup not backing up or restoring.

To reset network settings on your iPhone, go to the Settings app > General > Reset (Transfer or Reset iPhone for iOS 15 and later) > Reset Network Settings > Enter your passcode to confirm.

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Fix 1. Check the iOS version of your old iPhone

As mentioned before, you can only utilize temporary iCloud storage in iOS 15 and later. What’s more, an outdated iOS version sometimes can have something to do with this issue. Therefore, it is suggested to check and update the iOS version of your old iPhone.

Make sure your iPhone is connecting to a Wi-Fi network, and update iOS by going to Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install.

iOS software update

Fix 3. Sign out & in iCloud on old iPhone

You can try to sign out of iCloud on your old iPhone and then sign back in if anything goes wrong with your iCloud settings. After you sign in iCloud account again, you can check whether you can use temporary iCloud storage now.

Just go to iPhone Settings > Tap [your name] > Scroll down to the bottom of this screen and tap Sign Out. Wait for some minutes, sign in again, and then enable temporary iCloud storage again.

sign out of iCloud

Fix 4. Force restart both iPhone

Your iPhone may get stuck for unknown reasons, and simple restarting can help you fix some of them that cause temporary iCloud storage not working on iPhone.  

To force restart iPhone with Face ID: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button > Perform the same operation with the Volume Down button > Hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo.
To force restart iPhone with Home button: Press and hold both Sleep/Wake button and the Volume Down/Home button > Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears.

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One-click to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone to avoid iCloud issue

You should know that it takes a long time to backup iPhone to iCloud and then restore iCloud backup to new iPhone. In such case, you may choose another way to transfer everything from old iPhone to new iPhone. FoneTool, the professional iOS data backup and transfer software, is highly recommended.


• Simple operations: Simple steps and an intuitive user interface make it simple to complete the transfer process with just one click.

• Secure backup & transfer: FoneTool offers the encryption of the backup & transfer process, enhancing the protection of sensitive data.

• Fast iPhone backup & transfer: FoneTool provides faster backup and transfer speeds, greatly reducing task uptime.

• Support all iOS devices: All iOS devices, including the newest iPhone 14 and even the older iPhone 4, are supported.

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Step 1. Connect two iPhones to computer with compatible USB > Launch FoneTool, and click Phone Transfer > Get to iPhone to iPhone and click Start Transfer.

✍ Warm tip: If you have only one USB cable, you can also click Full Backup from Phone Backup to fully backup old iPhone and restore the backup to new iPhone with no effort.

iPhone to iPhone transfer

Step 2. Enable Backup encryption as per your need > Click Start Transfer and that’s it.

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That’s all for the solutions to temporary iCloud storage not working. You need to check the prerequisites before utilizing it. Hope the fixes in this guide to help you out.

If not, you can also seek help from Apple Support. What’s more, you can also download FoneTool and let it backup and transfer files fully or selectively. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.