If you’re an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch user, it is always important to backup your iDevice. Backing up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes, will come in handy when you’re selling your device or purchasing a new one. It will be most useful if something goes wrong with your iDevice and you have to factory reset it.
If all your data is backed up, then you can reset it without a worry. There are two ways to backup your iPhone. Yes, we are only talking about the iPhone here, but the method applies to both the iPad and iPod Touch. The best and easiest way to backup your iPhone, is to use Apple’s iCloud backup service.
It is an easy process to backup iPhone to iCloud and it will happen only when you’re connected to Wi-Fi. Before we start listing down the steps, let us briefly explain what iCloud is and whether it is safe to keep all your data in the cloud.
What is iCloud?
iCloud is the online cloud storage service provided by Apple to all iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Mac users. You can create backups of your devices and store them in a secure remote server that’s hosted by Apple. The backups are encrypted and require your Apple ID and password to gain access to. You can store pretty much all important information such as photos, files, notes, contacts, login information, settings, movies, preferences, etc.
Apple provides 5GB of free data to all iCloud users, but you will need to pay more if you need extra storage. If your iPhone or iPad is running out of space, you can move some of your data to iCloud and gain back some space. Normally, 5GB of data isn’t enough to store all your data. Especially if you own more than one iOS or Mac device. Therefore, you either have to pay for more storage, or you will need to purchase an iDevice with plenty of storage.
You can backup data from all your iPhones, iPads, or Macs to a single iCloud account. Since you will be using the same Apple ID on all these devices, you can have access to your data from any device if everything is uploaded to iCloud.
In such situations, the 5GB free storage isn’t going to cut it. You can upgrade to a higher plan for a monthly fee. To be honest, the price isn’t that high as it gives you the freedom to access all your data from any of your devices.
Now that you pretty much know all there is to about iCloud backups, let’s get started on how to backup iPhone to iCloud. As mentioned in the beginning, the process is quite easy and doesn’t involve plenty of steps. Let’s get started.
Backup iPhone to iCloud
Remember, this method remains the same for iPads and iPod Touch as well. In the latest version of iOS, there is no separate iCloud option. It is hidden within the Account Name in Settings. Before we begin, make sure your iPhone or other iOS device is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network.
1. Launch the Settings app on your iDevice.
2. Tap on your name, which should be the first option in the Settings menu.
3. Select the iCloud option.
4. Here, scroll down to find the iCloud Backup setting.
5. Inside this option, turn on the toggle if it wasn’t already enabled.
6. You can tap on the ‘Back Up Now’ option to start backing up your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
That’s about it. That’s how you backup iPhone to iCloud. You can lock the screen or continue to use the device while it backs up to iCloud. This could take a while, so make sure you have enough charge or keep the device connected to the charger. Once the iCloud backup is complete, all your photos, notes, reminders, contacts, etc, will be available online and across any other iDevices that you own.
If you face any issues when backing up to iCloud, check your internet connection and make sure you have enough storage on your iCloud, otherwise the backup will not happen.
How Often Should you Backup and How Long Does it Take?
You can perform an iCloud backup whenever your iDevice is low on space or if you have a lot of data that needs to be saved. It is usually good to perform a backup every month, because there won’t be too much to upload when compared to backing up for a whole year. The iCloud backup will happen only when the iPhone or iDevice is plugged in to the charger. It also needs to be connected to a Wi-Fi connection since there will be plenty of data to upload and that could cost you a lot of money if you’re on cellular data.
You can turn on automatic iCloud backup to make sure that your device backs up when connected to the charger and a stable Wi-Fi network with the screen locked. Once again, you will need to have free storage on your iCloud account, or it will not back up anything. You can also manually backup anytime you want, especially before performing a factory reset or installing a software update.
An iCloud backup can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the size of the backup and the internet speed. If you have a fast connection and very less data to backup, then it will be over in a matter of minutes. However, if you’re backing up large amounts of data, then it’s going to take a few hours. If you have a spotty internet connection, then it’s better to backup to iTunes.