How to stop iCloud backups on Mac

Published: 2/21/2019 3:29:14 PM

Dear PC Doctor:

I recently updated the operating system on my computer.  It must have automatically turned on backing up to the iCloud, because I am getting daily emails and texts telling me my iCloud storage in nearly full. They want to charge me money to increase my storage capacity. It’s making me bonkers. I had it turned off before, but I don’t remember how. I don’t need it, because I backup everything to an external hard drive and save collaborative documents in my Google drive. Can you remind me how to stop backing up my stuff to iCloud?  (It’s a Mac computer.)


“Backed Up”

Dear “Backed Up”:

On your computer, look for the apple menu. Go to System Preferences, then click iCloud.

Click Manage and select Backups. If you want to turn off Backup and remove all backups for that device from iCloud, choose Delete when you're asked to confirm.

You can do the same thing on your phone or iPad by opening the Settings app and going to the iCloud preferences pane. The you’ll tap on the Backup settings cell and turn the iCloud Backup switch to the off position.

Until next time, Happy computing!

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