There Was a Problem Enabling iCloud Backup: How to Fix It

Stuck in the circle saying that "There was a problem enabling iCloud backup" message when you want to back up your information on iOS device or want to restore iPhone/iPad/iPod with the iCloud backup? Don't know how to solve the problem? Just check out more details about the solutions to fix the problem and enable iCloud backup from the article now.

There Was a Problem Enabling iCloud Backup

Part 1: How to Fix "There Was a Problem Enabling iCloud Backup"

When you upgrade iOS 15 to the latest iOS 16, you might get the "there was a problem enabling iCloud backup" message from iCloud system status page. In order to solve the problem, you should know why would there be a problem enabling iCloud backup? Actually there are various reasons that causes the problem. Here are some basic solutions you can take to fix the problem.

Solution 1: Restart iPhone to enable iCloud Backup

Restarting iPhone should be the basic and the easiest way to solve the enabling iCloud backup issue. Just restart the iPhone and enable iCloud backup again as below.

Step 1. Press and hold the top "Power" button until the "Shut Down" slide appears.

Step 2. Turn off your iPhone by dragging the slider.

Step 3. And then press and hold the top button again till you get the Apple icon.

This way also works when you find it is so long to backup iPhone to iCloud.

Restart iPhone

Solution 2: Login iCloud account again to enable the service

If solution 1 does not work, you can relogin iCloud account, which could do the trick to fix the iCloud backup-enabling problem.

Step 1. Go to "Settings" on iPhone or iPad, and then access to iCloud.

Step 2. Tap on the Apple ID banner for the iCloud account.

Step 3. Tap "Sign Out" to log out your iCloud account.

Step 4. Log in the iCloud account again with your Apple ID and password.

This solution also works when photos is not uploading to iCloud on iPhone.

Login iCloud

Solution 3: Reset Network Settings for iCloud backup

iCloud backup has a close relationship with the Wi-Fi environment. So you can try to check up the network settings and reset it if there is something wrong.

Step 1. Check the Wi-Fi network
Turn on the router, make sure the Wi-Fi is on, and then make sure your iPhone within the range. Tap the name of the Wi-Fi to connect the network.

Step 2. Reset Network Settings
Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" > Tap on "Reset Network Settings", and then you can restart the iPhone to fix "There was a problem enabling iCloud backup".

Solution 4: Delete unwanted iCloud Backup

The problem to enable iCloud backup may be related to the limited iCloud storage, and you can delete some unnecessary backup to enable iCloud again.

Step 1. Access to iCloud storage on iPhone
Go to "Settings" > "iCloud" > "Storage" > "Manage Storage", you can select the unwanted files from the BACKUPS section.

Step 2. Remove the iCloud backup files
Tap your device's name under the Backups section to remove them completely.

If you want to extract some data from the backup that you will delete, just get iCloud recovery firstly.

Delete unwanted iCloud Backup

Solution 5: Upgrade operation system to enable iCloud

Maybe the reason for the problem is that the system on your device is out-of-date. So what you should do is to upgrade your device, and your device can enable iCloud backup again.

Step 1. Check for the new operation system
Tap on "Settings" > "General" > "Software Update", you can upgrade to the latest operation system as for the case.

Step 2. Upgrade operation system
If there is a newest iOS version available, then don't hesitate to upgrade your device. And you need enter your passcode if required.

Solution 6: Login another iCloud account

Another reason that causes the problem enabling iCloud backup is that, there is something wrong with your iCloud account. You can try to change another iCloud account and backup your data.

Solution 7: Hard Reset iPhone/iPad/iPod to enable iCloud

Besides restart iPhone, you can also hard reset iPhone to fix the "There was a problem enabling iCloud backup". Just follow the steps to hard reset iPhone 7.

Step 1. Locate the "Power and Volume Down" buttons on the device.

Step 2. Press and hold the key combination
Press and hold the "Power + Volume Down" buttons, and your device will hard-reset. After the reset, the iCloud service will be enabled.

Part 2: An Alternative Way to Backup iPhone/iPad/iPod

When you use the 7 solutions above, you might get most of the problems for enabling iCloud backup. If the above solution does not work, or you want to avoid losing any data, you can also choose an alternative way to backup iPhone/iPad/iPod. We advise you to use iOS Data Backup & Restore. It can help you backup your entire data from your iPad or iPhone and selectively export the data.

Key Features

  • • Backup iPhone, iPad and other iDevices with One Click
  • • Support to backup & restore all types of iOS devices
  • • Restore data from backup files
  • • The iOS data backup&restore feature only reads the data, no risk of data loss
  • • Restore data from two or more iOS backups

How to backup iCloud files with iOS Data Backup & Restore

Step 1. Connect iPhone to the Computer

Launch this iOS Data Backup & Restore tool on your PC/Mac and click "Data Backup & Restore". Connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to the computer via the USB cable. By default, iOS Data Backup & Restore tool will detect your iOS device soon automatically.

iOS Data Backup and Restore

Step 2. Select File Types to Backup

After your device is connected successfully, iOS Data Backup & Restore tool will detect the file types on your device and you can select the file types to backup. Then click "Backup" after selecting.

Select File Types

Step 3. Selectively Export or Restore Backup Files

When the backup is completed, you can check all contents of the backup file in categories of program. In order to avoid any data loss when you fix the iCloud backup enabling problem, you need to check iCloud backup files to restore.

Restore iTunes Backup


The 7 solutions of enabling iCloud backup above are the best methods we suggest. We hope this article can help you solve your problem when you receive a message saying "There was a problem enabling iCloud backup".

After fixing the iCloud enable problem, you could backup and restore data on iCloud easily. Take iMessages as the example and learn to restore iMessages from iCloud.

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