iCloud – How to Backup iPhone Data

By | October 16, 2014
Synchronizing data across multiple computers and devices has always posed as a huge challenge for people who need to access their crucial data on round-the-clock basis. Thanks to the iCloud service, Apple product consumers have now got relief from the issues faced during storage and access of data that needs to be shared with others. Gone are the days when entrepreneurs used to install an add-on software and instigate greater employee co-ordination for keeping the data in sync across different gadgets.
iCloud - How to Backup iPhone Data
With iCloud- Apple’s best web-based data storage and syncing service, sharing data including calendars, contacts, emails, photos, videos etc. And that’s not all, you can even backup all your iPhone data with the help of the iCloud service. This post will tell you how to proceed ahead with the same.

A brief on iCloud Backups 

Companies which are offering iPhone Application Development Service are encouraging their clients to backup all the iPhone data using the very popular iCloud service. With iCloud set up onto your device, you can expect all your iPhone data to automatically backup to your iCloud account available online. However, it is important to know that iCloud doesn’t backup all your videos, photos and files and so you’ll be required to back up the same using a manual approach that will be discussed rightaway. Do remember that the automatic back up of your iPhone using iCloud takes place only when your phone is plugged in, locked and connected to a smooth Wi-Fi network.

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Yet another vital fact about iCloud backups is that with them you can only backup data and settings that are stored on your device. You won’t be able to backup data that’s already stored in iCloud, including: calendars, contacts, mail messages, bookmarks, shared photo streams, My Photo Stream and all the documents that have been saved into the iCloud account via the useful iOS apps.

What all can be backed up?

Well, Apple’s iCloud service allows you to backup the following:
  • Apps
  • Photos in the Camera Roll
  • Videos in the Camera Roll
  • Music that has been purchased through Apple’s iTunes service
  • Notes available in the Notes app
  • App data
  • Messages including SMSs, MMSs and iMessage
  • Ringtones
  • Visual Voicemail

What all can’t be backed up?

iCloud won’t help you if you’re keen on backing up the following:
  • Apps, TV shows, music and books that have been removed from the Apple Store, iBookstore and the iTUnes store ever since you downloaded/purchased them
  • Media files that you’ve synced from your computer

An now, the steps involved in backing up iPhone data using iCloud service

How to Backup iPhone Data

Step 1: Go to your iPhone’s Settings-> iCloud-> Storage & Backup
Now, under the ‘Backup’ tab, turn on the switch for the iCloud Backup.
Step 2: As per the second step, go back to the previous screen and turn on or off all the data that you want backed up from the displayed collection. Talking specifically about the apps, not all the iPhone apps appear here. Only the pre-installed Apple apps appear within this list.
Step 3: Scroll down to the Storage & Backup section and tap on it. Now, choose the “Manage Storage” section to reach a page where you’ll be able to view the list of Apple apps and data that have been backed up.
Step 4: If you want to get to the apps, simply go the heading “Backups” followed by selecting and tapping on the device you want to manage. The next page would be the ‘Info’ page where under the heading ‘Backup Options” you’ll be able to view the list of top five storage-using apps. Here, you can choose the apps you want to back up. Toggle the apps that you don’t want to back up to “Off”. With that you’re done with backing up all all your crucial details that are stored within the iPhone. Although Apple gives you 5GB of iCloud storage for free, you may choose to back up more by paying an extra amount starting at $2- on a per year basis.

Wrapping Up

Timely backup of your iOS data to Cloud is essential because if you don’t do it for 180 days or more, Apple reserves the right to delete all your previous iCloud backups on an immediate basis. So, get going and follow the aforementioned steps to backup your iPhone data using the easy-to-use and time-tested iCloud service.
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