A few weeks ago I began getting notifications warning me that I was running low on iCloud space. I didn't think much of it until I checked my iCloud backups.

iPhone iCloud backup

iPad iCloud backup

To my surprise, between my iPhone and iPad, Skype was inflating the size of my iCloud backups by over 1 GB.

Even more bizarre was that Skype's documents and data were using up 600 MB less on the devices themselves. (Screenshots from Settings -> General -> Storage & iCloud Usage -> Storage -> Manage Storage)

iPhone data

Skype iPhone data usage

iPad data

Skype iPad data usage

The low storage warnings stopped appearing once I stated excluding Skype data from my iCloud backups, but I'm still perplexed as to why it was using so much space to begin with.

Is there a reason why Skype would need over 1GB of storage space?

1 Answer 1


Because you are saving all conversations including attachments

  • Can I delete those conversations/attachments from my device without affecting the conversations on Skype for Desktop?
    – Stevoisiak
    Jun 8, 2017 at 15:49
  • Sorry not sure but you could back up Skype on the desktop before trying
    – user19125
    Jun 8, 2017 at 15:50
  • I've only ever used Skype for iPhone/iPad for video calling, so I'm assuming Skype have synced my attachments across devices. It would explain why both devices use around the same amount of local data.
    – Stevoisiak
    Jun 8, 2017 at 15:52
  • So just exclude it from iCloud and jobs a good un
    – user19125
    Jun 8, 2017 at 15:53
  • That doesn't prevent the app from taking up 350mb on my iPad. I'm also still perplexed as to why it would use nearly double the space in my iCloud backup.
    – Stevoisiak
    Jun 8, 2017 at 15:54

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