Backup via iCloud

Back up automatically

On your iOS device, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup, then turn on iCloud Backup.

Back up manually

On your iOS device, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup, then tap Back Up Now.

iCloud Backup what is it?

iCloud Backup is an easy backup solution for users that want to bak up their iOS devices wirelessly and automatically without having to connect to a computer. So is this best for your?

  • Do you prefer that iCloud takes care of backups for you automatically when your connected to Wi-Fi and your device is plugged into a power source?
  • Do you want to be able to restore data to you device via a Wi-Fi connection?
  • Do you rarely connect your iOS device to a Mac or PC?
  • Do you not own a Mac or PC?
  • Would you like an automatic backup solution to use with your iTunes backups?

iCloud backup does not back up your music, movies, and TV shows that were not purchased from the iTunes Store, or any podcast, audio books, or photos that you originally synced from your computer.  iCloud backup will restore your purchased music, movies, and app content from the iTunes and App Stores during the background restore process. However some purchases might not be available if they are no longer in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store.

When you sign up for an iCloud account, you automatically get 5 GB of free storage.  Your storage is used for iCloud Backup, app data and documents stored in iCloud, and iCloud mail.

If you run out of space, you can increase that space by storing less.  For example, you can change what apps you backup, delete documents or old emails, or minimize the size of your cameral roll backup.  You can also increase your storage by upgrading your iCloud storage plan.  To do so on your iOS device go to Settings > iCloud >  Storage & Backup, then tap buy More Storage or Change Storage Plan (whichever you see). Then choose the amount of storage you want, tap Buy in the upper-right corner and folk the instructions.

You can also do this on your Computer:

1. Open iCloud Preferences (Mac: System Preferences; Windows 8: Start screen, then click the iCloud tile; Windows 7: Choose start menu > All programs > iCloud > iCloud) then click manage.

2. Click changes storage plan in the upper right.

3. Choose the amount of storage you want, and follow the instructions.

You will be noticed via email before you are billed each year for the renewal.

Great.  Now what does it back up? 

  • Purchased Music, Movies, TV shows, apps and books
  • Photos and videos in your camera roll
  • Device settings
  • App data
  • Home screen and app organization
  • iMessage, test (SMS) and MMS messages
  • Ringtones
  • Visual voicemail

Your iOS device backup only includes data and setting stored on your device.  It doesn’t include data already stored in iCloud like contacts, calendars, bookmarks, mail messages, notes, shared photo streams, my photo stream, and documents you save in iCloud using iOS apps and mac apps.

iCloud automatically backs up your iOS device information daily over Wi-Fi when your device is turned on, locked, and connected to a power source.

You can also Sync and Backup via iTunes