How to Back Up iPhone and iPad to iCloud

Want to know how to back up iPhone and iPad to iCloud? In this article, we’ll tell you why you should back up your iPhone and how to do that.

If your Apple smartphone or tablet PC is lost, all data is usually gone as well. You can keep your phone data by creating a backup in good time. Apple even offers you the option of creating this backup without a PC via the connected iCloud service.

The classic method of backing up data from the iPhone or iPad is to connect the Apple hardware to the PC and back it up using the free iTunes program. But what if you don’t use a computer at all or prefer to back up your important data in a remote location? For this, Apple offers you its iCloud online storage. 5 GB of data can be backed up here easily and free of charge over the Internet.

What Is Backup?

A backup is essentially a safety net for your devices. When an iPhone is backed up, a snapshot of that device’s data is stored in a location other than the iPhone (such as a computer).

This snapshot contains data such as photos, messages, and contacts, but does not contain specific information such as data stored in iCloud, Apple Pay information, or Touch ID settings. Note that you need to use a third-party app like TouchCopy to backup your music library from an iPhone to a computer.

How to Back Up iPhone with iCloud

  1. To back up your iPhone data with iCloud, make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi.
  2. Then go to Settings.
  3. Click on your name, then iCloud.

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Throughout the backup, you will need to stay connected to Wi-Fi. By using iCloud for your backup, you will be able to save most of your data except everything that is already in iCloud (calendars, notes, iMessages, iCloud Photos, Contacts, SMS, MMS).

As for music and applications, you can download them again when restoring. Provided of course that they are available on the App Store, iTunes Store, or Apple Books.

To configure automatic iCloud backup, you can also do the following: Settings > Your name > iCloud > iCloud Backup.

Also, check the available space in iCloud. Be aware that 5 GB is free and that you will then have to take out a subscription starting at $0.99/month for an additional 50 GB.

How to Backup iPhones With iOS 10.2 and Below with iCloud

  1. First, you must ensure your device is connected to the internet or a Wi-Fi network.
  2. Then go to Settings > [your name or name of your device], then click on iCloud. In case you have a version equal to or previous to iOS 10.2, in the Settings menu, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on iCloud.
  3. Then click on “iCloud Backup”. For iOS 10.2 or earlier, click “Backup”. Next, check that “iCloud Backup” is enabled.
  4. Then, finally, click on “Back up now”. Until the backup process is complete, you must remain connected to the Wi-Fi network.
  5. When the backup is complete, by going to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup, you will see the active backup listed with the time and date it was made. You can also configure a daily and automatic backup of your data in iCloud for more security and avoid accidentally losing data.

How to Backup iPhone With iTunes

To do this, open iTunes and connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your computer.

Select your device when it appears in Saved Devices in iTunes.

If you have data from “Health and Activity” applications and utilities and want to back them up, ensure you encrypt them. You must then activate the box “Encrypt the backup of [your device],” and then define a password.

If you do not have items from the “Health and Activity” utilities, you can back up your data without having to encrypt it. In this case, you just have to click on “Back up now”.

Your password should be kept confidential and secure. Without it, it is impossible to access your data backed up on iTunes again.

You can then go to the “iTunes Summary” screen and you will see the date and time of the active backup appear under “Last Backup”. This is an easy way to make sure the backup was successful.

You can of course back up to both iCloud and iTunes at the same time and this gives you extra security by having two active backups. You can thus backup your iPhone photos on a PC as well as in the cloud, as well as all the data on your phone or tablet.

How to backup iPhone to iCloud by enabling it

On the home screen of your iPhone or iPad, tap on “Settings” (grey gear icon). On the iPad, on the left-hand side of the screen, choose the “iCloud” entry with a tap of your finger.

Make sure that the slider behind the “Backup” entry is set to “On” (the slider has a green background).

Then switch the slider behind the “iCloud Backup” entry to on as well. A new dialog window will now ask you if you want to start a new iCloud backup. Tap on “Ok” here.

It is important to note that if you choose to back up your data to iCloud, your data will not be backed up when syncing with iTunes. However, the advantage of backing up in the data cloud is that in the event of a new installation, you can easily restore your iPhone or iPad directly via the Internet without a computer.

iCloud: Please note the storage space

Apple allocates storage in iCloud per account and not per device. 5 GB of storage capacity is available to you per account. While this is usually sufficient for a single device, storage can quickly run out when backing up two or more devices.

For example, if you use an iPad in addition to your iPhone, the storage volume will quickly be exhausted. Your Apple device will let you know in good time when memory is running low. In this case, you have two options:

You follow the previous steps again and turn off backup for a device in iCloud. In this case, please don’t forget to tap on “Storage” in “Settings” under “iCloud” and then on “Manage Storage” to delete the backup that is no longer required in the data cloud for the corresponding device. After that, back up your data back to the PC using iTunes.

How to purchase an iCloud memory upgrade

To do this, tap on “iCloud” in “Settings” then first on “Storage” and then on “Buy more storage”.

As earlier mentioned, Apple charges $0.99 for 50 GB of iCloud storage. 200 GB costs $2.99 and a TB costs $9.99 per month.

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