Whether you are planning on upgrading or not, or you want to jailbreak your device, it’s always recommended to keep a backup of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. While the iOS upgrade process does not wipe your data from the device, but there’s always a factor of uncertainty attached with any software because software glitches can happen anytime. So, it’s a good idea to backup your iOS device before tinkering with its software.
What iCloud does backup
iCloud can back up your Camera Roll photos and videos; your SMS, MMS, and iMessages; Your device Settings including wallpaper, Phone favorites, Mail, Contacts, and Calendar accounts, Home screen layout, and more; your purchased music (not available in all countries); TV Shows (US only), books, notes, app data, ringtones, and more.
What iCloud does not back up
Stuff that is already in your iCloud account, Data from 3rd party services such as Gmail and Exchange mail, Touch ID and Apple Pay settings and information, and the content that you synced using iTunes which was not purchased from iTunes, App Store, or iBooks Store.
Backing up your personal data from iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to iCloud is very easy and best of all, you can live a life without worrying about your personal data on your device in case of any uncertain situation that you may encounter. iCloud keeps your data protected.
iCloud backup triggers automatically when your iPhone or iPad is connected to a power source and has WiFi access on a daily basis. Simply follow the steps listed below to keep an up-to-minute iPhone or iPad backup on iCloud.
How to Backup iPhone, iPad on iCloud
In order to backup iOS device on iCloud, you’ll need an Apple ID or iCloud cloud. If you don’t have one, follow these links to create one:
- Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to a WiFi network
- Go to Settings
- Tap on iCloud
- Tap on Backup (In iOS 7 or older version, it is Storage & Backup)
- Tap on the iCloud Backup toggle to switch it to On
- Now tap on Back Up Now to start the iCloud backup process
- Let the backup process complete, which may take from several minutes to hours depending on your WiFi network. Also, do not disconnect the device from the WiFi network
Now go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage, and select your tap on your device. There you can see the recent backup time and its size.