I have the new iPhone 5S with 64 GB, which I got so I wouldn't have to be always deleting stuff.

Now I've tried deleting both of the 2 backups that were on my phone iCloud - 2.4 GB & 2.6 GB --- to clear out space. It was saying the next back up would require 3.1 GB.

When I go to Storage > Manage Storage in the Settings app, the only option that shows up is "Change Storage Plan." There is no option to back up. I don't want to have to buy storage. If it was going to need 3.1 GB, why is 5.0 GB of free iCloud space not enough to perform a backup? I did backup to my computer using iTunes before doing the delete of the iCloud backups, but I'd like to back up to iCloud too.

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You're supposed to go Settings -> iCloud -> Backup -> Turn it on

  • HURRAY YOU ARE MY HERO!!!! PLEASE forgive my ignorance .... it is a brand new phone & I am an older person. whew!!!! I was getting really frustrated. it is backing up now --- so glad I was not "forced" to buy storage. a million thanks & blessing upon you, my child!!!!
    – Cindy
    Oct 19, 2014 at 21:58

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