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You might have already encountered an annoying iCloud popup: “Not Enough Storage. This iPhone cannot be backed up because there is not enough iCloud storage available.” The free 5 GB of iCloud space that Apple offers is largely inadequate for storing iPhone and iPad backups.

This article explains how to back up iPhone without subscribing for paid iCloud storage. We also demonstrate how to get rid of the iCloud popup message that won’t go away. This iPhone cannot be backed up because there is not enough iCloud storage available.

Backup iPhone without iCloud

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Unlike iCloud, CopyTrans Shelbee can back up the iPhone wherever you want. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about storage limitations. Just choose any location with plenty of free space.

  1. Download CopyTrans Shelbee from the following page: Download CopyTrans Shelbee

  2. To begin your iPhone backup, run CopyTrans Shelbee and plug in the iPhone. Click “Backup”.

    NOTE: CopyTrans Shelbee a dedicated iOS backup utility. It will never ask you to “erase and sync” when least needed as iTunes would. Choose Backup in the main menu

  3. Select “Full backup”. Choose Full Backup

  4. Now it’s time to choose a backup location of your convenience. Neither iTunes, nor iCloud will give you a choice to do that. To select a backup location, click the green pencil symbol on the right.

    TIP: Be sure to select a drive with enough free space. iOS backups often take up several GBs. You can also uncheck the “Save the apps” checkbox because the apps take quite a lot of space. Also, make sure that you have a strong Internet connection for a faster back up.Select full backup iPhone without iTunes

  5. Then, you can encrypt your backup for some extra security, and so the Wi-Fi passwords and other sensitive data is transferred during the restore. You can skip this step if you wish. Backup encryption

  6. Also, you can log in to iTunes Store with your Apple ID if you wish for your apps to be automatically restored in the future. You also have an option to skip this one 🙂 Log in with Aplle ID to backup or restore apps

    NOTE: Unlike iTunes, CopyTrans Shelbee will never overwrite your previous iPhone backup without permission.

  7. The iPhone backup begins. CopyTrans Shelbee will complete a full-featured iOS backup of iOS messages, contacts, apps, app documents, calendars, photos and videos in the Camera Roll, and settings. Wait for the backup to finish. Learn more. Wait until the restore is finished

  8. Upon backup success, click “Done”. Backup is successful!

    The backup made is saved to the folder of your choice. You can use CopyTrans Shelbee to restore from the backup at any time.

Free up iCloud space to get rid of the annoying popup

Now that you safely backed up iPhone to your PC, it’s time to get rid of the iCloud popup message. The quickest way to do that is to reduce the amount of iCloud storage used. Here’s how to do so:

  1. On the iPhone, go to Settings > tap on your name > iCloud > tap Manage Storage. icloud manage storage settings on iphone

  2. Disable the the most space-hungry element, usually those are iOS backups or iCloud Photo Library. icloud manage ios backup data

    NOTE: The Photo Library could easily take up most of your iCloud space.

When you disable a backup element, the information from that element is immediately deleted from your iCloud storage. To reduce the total footprint of your iPhone backup in iCloud, you can alternatively remove some photos and videos from your Camera Roll.

Free up iCloud storage: delete all photos from iCloud in one click

  1. Download CopyTrans Cloudly:
    Download CopyTrans Cloudly

  2. Run the app. Enter your Apple ID and password.
    Enter Apple ID and password

  3. Wait until your iCloud Photo Library is loaded. To delete all photos and videos from iCloud, click “Delete”:
    Delete photos from iCloud Photo Library

  4. Now you will need to confirm that you want to delete ALL your photos and videos from iCloud by clicking the checkbox.

    Important: Please note that your photos and videos will be deleted from all the devices that are associated with the Apple ID you logged in with.

  5. Voila! All you need to do now is wait until all your photos and videos are deleted.
    Delete all photos from iCloud Photo Library

This is how to back up iPhone in case you don’t have enough iCloud storage available and how to get rid of the nagging iCloud popup.

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Krasimir is an avid marketing aficionado and a tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market. He grew up in Bulgaria and on the island of Mauritius where he became passionate about windsurfing and photography.