iCloud: Backup

When Apple introduced iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S last year, they also introduced a new service called iCloud. It was free to those who bought new iPhones and to all eligible iPhone users who updated their phone's operating system. However, most users don't know what it is. The fact is, it is a lot of things. I'll try my best to describe it and ways to get the most use out of it.

In the most general description, iCloud is a number of different web services that Apple provides that let you get the most out of your iOS devices. I've planned a number of different posts to talk about the different services iCloud provides. In this first installment, I'll talk about iCloud backup.


One of the most basic, yet underrated, features of iCloud is backup. Once you have iCloud enabled, everything on your iOS device; your contacts, apps you've downloaded, text messages, pictures you've taken, are backed up every time you plug in and are connected to your home wireless network. And this all occurs automatically. Why do you need to back this data up? If you lose your phone or upgrade to a new one, getting all your data is super easy since all your data is stored safely on Apple's servers. You just log in with your iCloud username and password and all your data will be up and running on your new phone, just like on your old one.

Unless you didn't sign up for iCloud when you set up your device, iCloud backup is automatically enabled on your phone. The best backup is one that is automated and you don't have to worry about until you need it. If you need help setting this up, drop me a line.

Under Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup

Backup Settings