How to Back Up Your iPhone or iPad via the Cloud


Using iCloud as a backup location for your iPhone or iPad is a great option to go to. If in case any unfortunate event happens to your iPhone or iPad, you will have a backup you can access from anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. But before you can start backing up to iCloud, you have to make sure that iCloud backups are properly enabled and configured on your device.

STEP 1: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone/iPad.

STEP 2: Tap on iCloud.

STEP 3: Tap on Backup.

STEP 4: Move the slider to the right to turn on iCloud Backup.

NOTE: You will be warned that your iPhone will no longer back up to your computer automatically.

STEP 5: Tap OK.

NOTE: iCloud will attempt to start a backup of your data every 24 hours or so, as long as your iPhone or iPad is connected to Wi-Fi and plugged in to charge. Most of the time, this will happen while you sleep.

If you’ve never backed up to iCloud before, the first backup can take a while. After that, iCloud will only upload the changes you’ve made since the last backup, which is much faster.

Triggering an iCloud Backup Manually

iCloud backups should automatically happen at least once a day — they trigger when your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch is plugged in and on Wi-Fi. So here’s how to make sure you have an up-to-the-minute backup solution.

STEP 1: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and iPad.

STEP 2: Select iCloud.

STEP 3: Tap on Backup.

STEP 4: Tap on Back Up Now.

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