How to Backup iPhone or iPad to iCloud

How to Backup iPhone or iPad to iCloud


Every iPhone and iPad user must be accustomed to backing up iOS devices regularly. Backing up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud is achieved through the “Settings” application on the device. The process is the same on the iPad and iPhone, although the settings look a little different because of the different screen sizes of each device.

iCloud is Apple’s cloud data storage service, and iCloud backup is a backup of your iPhone or iPad on a remote server hosted by Apple. All iCloud backups are encrypted and secured by default, and all iCloud backups are attached to the Apple ID used with your Apple product.

ICloud backup will cover all data on your iPhone or iPad, including photos, notes, movies, account information, login details, documents, settings, preferences and more.


How to Backup iPhone or iPad to iCloud

    • Be sure the iPhone or iPad is connected to a wi-fi network
    • Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone or iPad, the Settings app icon is gray and looks like gears

Settings icon

    • Tap on your name at the top of the Settings app to access your iCloud and Apple ID settings

Tap your name to access iCloud settings

    • Tap on “iCloud” to access iCloud settings

Tap to access iCloud settings and iCloud backups

    • Under the iCloud section, scroll down and tap on “iCloud Backup”

Tap on iCloud Backups

    • Make sure the ‘iCloud Backup’ is toggled to the ON position
    • Tap on “Back Up Now” to start an iCloud backup immediately of the current device

Tap Back Up Now to backup iOS to iCloud right away

  • Let the iCloud backup complete

When does iPhone or iPad backup to iCloud?

When you have an iCloud backup enabled on an iPhone or iPad, the device will automatically return to iCloud when the device is plugged in or charged, with the screen locked, and when connected to wi-fi. For example, if you are connected to a home or office network and you let your iPhone or iPad be charged overnight or during the day, it will be backed up automatically when not in use.

In addition, you can start manual backups to iCloud at any time. For example, you might want to back up to iCloud manually before starting iOS software updates on your iPhone or iPad, making sure you have a new backup created if a software update fails.

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