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You might have already encountered an annoying iCloud popup: “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 extra iCloud storage. We also demonstrate how to get rid of the iCloud popup message. This iPhone cannot be backed up because there is not enough iCloud storage available.

iPhone backups are important. Backups will not be made if there isn’t enough space on your iCloud account. The last time we checked, our iPhone had not been backed for 7 weeks!

The quickest solution is to back up to a location with enough free space like a drive on your PC, an external hard disk or even a USB drive. CopyTrans Shelbee will help you do that. This way you don’t have to immediately decide what information to delete to free up iCloud space and can still back up the iPhone on the spot.

Here’s how to back up iPhone despite not enough iCloud storage.

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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 Easy and flexible backup with 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 back up and restore buttons in main copytrans shelbee window

  3. Select “Full backup” full vs incremental backup in copytrans shelbee

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

    TIP: Be sure to select a drive with enough free space. iOS backups often take up several GBs select ios backup folder with shelbee

  5. Ready to back up? Hit the “Start” button shelbee backup start button

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

  6. The iPhone backup begins. CopyTrans Shelbee will complete a full-featured iOS backup of iOS messages, contacts, app documents, calendars, photos and videos in the Camera Roll, and settings. Stand by for the backup to finish. Learn more shelbee window displaying iphone backup in progress

  7. Upon backup success, click “Done” backup of iphone successful screen

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

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 > iCloud > Storage, then tap “Manage Storage” icloud manage storage settings on iphone

  2. Tap on one of your previous iOS backups and under the Backup Options disable the the most space-hungry element 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.

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.

By krasimir

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.