How To Backup Your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Using iCloud

You can take a a backup of your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch using iCloud or iTunes. Here we show you how to take a backup of your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch using iCloud.

Please note backed-up information includes purchased music (backup of purchased music is not available in all countries), TV shows (US only), apps, and books; photos and video in the Camera Roll; device settings (for example, Phone Favorites, Wallpaper, and Mail, Contacts, Calendar accounts); app data; Home screen and app organization; Messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS), ringtones, and more. It is also important to note that media files synced from your computer aren’t backed up, but can be restored by syncing with iTunes.

Automatic Backup

iCloud automatically backs up the most important data on your iOS device.

  • Launch the Settings app from the Home screen.
  • Tap on iCloud. Login to your iCloud account, if you haven’t already.
  • Scroll down and tap on Backup.
  • Tap on the On/Off toggle next to iCloud Backup to enable automatic backup.

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After you have enabled Backup on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in , it will run on a daily basis as long as your device is:

  • Connected to the Internet over Wi-Fi
  • Connected to a power source
  • Screen locked

Manual Backup

You can also back up manually whenever your device is connected to the Internet over Wi-Fi by launching the Settings app and navigating to iCloud > Backup and tapping on the Back Up Now button

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 Let us know how it goes and if you have any other questions.

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  • yourmom

    if you know the account name and password i can rip the backups for you.

  • warern

    it keeps on saying last backup could not be completed

  • Danyal

    I tried this way and it ended up saying that it was going to take an hour! So I just cancelled it and backed up using iTunes.

  • Bri

    Does iCloud download my stuff to other people who are on the same wifi?

    • Gautam

      No it doesn’t. That would be a huge security flaw if it did. Some of the data is synced to devices that use the same iCloud account.