[Solved] iCloud Backup Could Not Be Completed

Last Updated : Sep 7, 2018 | Written by Jason

Trying almost everything still find no way out when iCloud backup could not be completed iPhone 9 iPhone XS? Well, getting a backup of iPhone data on iCloud ensures that everything you need is available somewhere in the cloud server associated with your Apple account, which is extremely helpful if you switch to a new iPhone or need to restore personal data on an iPad.

If you think iCloud backup is automatically enabled every time the iPhone XS is charged and Wi-Fi connected, the frequent iCloud backup failed is going to drive you nuts. That been said, mastering the basic steps to solve iCloud backup could not be completed would be like god-send when there's no one to help. So take a look at the quickest ways to rescue your iCloud backup failed.

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Frequent iCloud Backup Could not be Completed Cases & Solutions

Why iCloud Backup Failed?

Figuring out why iCloud backup could not be completed for your iPhone can help you better able to diagnose where the whole process went wrong.

Since the very beginning, iCloud remains an ideal method to backup iPhone data: With a simple toggle-switch to turn iCloud Backup on, your iPhone automatically turn on to backup when it's locked and connected to a power source + WiFi. But just like iCloud Photo Library not uploading properly (which is the photo-specific service under iCloud), frequent iCloud backup could not be completed on iPhone 9 iPhone XS also occurs, trapping the uploading of data halfway during the backup. So this article collects 4 kinds of iCloud backup could not be completed cases and corresponding solutions, check out to address your own problems.

[Solved] There was a Problem Enabling iCloud Backup

In times of network error or server side error, you receive a message of "There was a problem enabling iCloud backup", meaning the syncing-to-cloud action wouldn't start right away. So it's pretty much different from the case when you've successfully launched a backup process but iCloud backup could not be completed, the problem went wrong all from the beginning. However, such a iCloud backup failed problem is not difficult to solve, check out the steps below to sit through:

Step 1: First turn off & turn on iPhone : bet you sometimes won't believe that this easy reboot action turns out to be helpful for 60% of cases where there was a problem enabling iCloud backup.

Step 2: Sign out & sign in to your iCloud account on iPhone 9 iPhone XS . By visiting Settings > iCloud > scroll download to the end and tap on Sign out > Sign in again somehow restart the backup engine to get things through.

Step 3: Disconnect & reconnect to Wi-Fi. (Also test if your iPhone have trouble opening webpages, if yes, contact your service provider to diagnose).

Step 4: Delete previous iCloud backup on iPhone. Take it easy because you're not going to lose data if you follow this step – deleting previous backup is a tried-and-true method to fix iCloud backup failed problem in most cases, because the broken backup files are one major reason for iCloud backup could not be completed. On iOS 10.2 or earlier, please visit Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage > Backup > Choose the version of backup you wish to delete > Delete backup > Turn Off & Delete.

Tips and Notes: By deleting the latest iCloud backup of your iPhone, photos deleted from your device since the last backup won't show up on your iPhone, so make sure you have everything in place before proceeding to the delete, to do that, you may first backup iPhone photos for free, also using DearMob iPhone Manager.

There was a problem enabling iCloud backup

The Last Backup Could Not be Completed Because of Poor Network Conditions

Most users consider network errors the first to blame on occasions of iCloud backup could not be completed, that is partly true: An iCloud backup process won't start in some public Internet networks (school, café, etc) due to iCloud backup blocks to restrict data flow, also you're not going to start the upload with cellular data, (you won't even want to, either).

However, one of our users reported the problem when his iPhone said "The latest iCloud backup could not be completed because of poor network conditions", with another device connected to the same Wi-Fi going alright. Then either the network or your latest iCloud backup file is to blame, in order to fix, you can:

Step 1: Connect to a home network without iCloud uploading restrictions, if you already are, try toggle-switch Wi-Fi off & on again.

Step 2: Delete the latest iCloud backup if another device in the same Wi-Fi network works properly to solve iCloud backup could not be completed problem.

iCloud Backup Could Not Be Completed not Enough Storage

For every iPhone user with an Apple account, a 5GB of free iCloud storage comes natively as a freemium, keeping personal data like photos, music, contacts, sms over the air until 5GB runs out. That been said, you may stuck halfway in a backup process receiving a notice – iCloud Backup Could Not Be Completed not Enough Storage prompting you to either upgrade the iCloud plan or just switch to a new way for photos backup, like this backup software - DearMob iPhone Manager.

Indeed you can stay with Apple's native iCloud service, whose offers are as follows: 5GB free, 20GB $0.99, 200GB $3.99, 500GB $9.99, 1TB $19.99, payment could be made by visiting Settings > iCloud > Storage > Upgrade iCloud Storage, by then you can choose a plan according to your own need, tap Buy and enter your Apple ID password.

Tips and Notes: If you later consider downgrade iCloud storage, please delete all unwanted backup of photos, music and APPs that you use with iCloud to resume normal iCloud backup with the starting 5GB for free.

Some Files Were Unavailable During the Last Backup

The last but one case from iCloud backup could not be completed is when you see an alert "Some Files were Unavailable During the Last Backup". So far, Lope8725 and other 834 users are suffering from this problem, some simply receives the message "several files were unavailable at time of backup" while others are having their phones acting normally for the backup, even with notices saying "5 minutes to complete" before everything freezes saying "Some files were unavailable during the last backup."

Unlike the iCloud backup could not be completed problem, a backup finishes from A to Z before you run into some files were unavailable during the last backup, although Sterling r responded to Lope8725 and other users in trouble on the Apple discussions forum with the official Apple instructions, Topher0016, k10abrey and other 70+ users found the instructions simply futile. You are hence, the other way round, suggested to pick up an alternative to iCloud backup, that been said, you may either check out the best way to backup photos to pick out what you'd like to go, or simply go with DearMob iPhone Manager. First click to download it below:

iCloud Backup Taking Forever [Solved]

Having launched iCloud backup for quite a while, now that you've finished the bathing and eating, only to find a message saying "About 6 Hours Remaining". What happened to my network? Is it normal for an iPhone to take that much time only for the iCloud backup?

As a matter of fact, the duration of your iCloud backup depends on the size of your expected backup and the uploaing speed - usually depending on your home network. If you have a spare 1~2 hours today, we suggest you manually start a full iCloud backup to avoid iCloud backup taking forever problems from happening later on. Once you manually backup iPhone data before enabling automatic backup, the iOS will be taking good care of it by launching an inceremental iCloud backup process when your device is powered on, connected to Wi-Fi, connected to a power source, and locked. Compared to a full backup process, an incremental only put the newly added data on iPhone for backup, which is anything but lengthy. If you'd like to learn more information about iCloud backup taking forever, kindly read this guide.

How to Backup iPhone Photos with DearMob iPhone Manager?

As one of the best iPhone backup software, you can easily use DearMob iPhone Manager to backup iPhone to computer with APPs, videos, photos, music, etc.

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Step 1: Download, install iPhone Manager (Windows & Mac available)
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Step 2: Launch the software before you USB connect iPhone to computer.
choose photos to backup
Step 3: Select all/by date/manually select photos you want to backup.
export selected photos
Step 4: Click on "Export", and you get a backup of iPhone data.


Though iCloud remains the most straight-forward for iPhone data backup, you may consider the free DearMob iPhone Manager - the best iPhone backup software for in case the troublesome iCloud backup could not be completed problem lingering day in day out.

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