How to Backup Your iPhone to iCloud

  Matt Cone       January 13, 2021      Tutorials iPhone Backups


iCloud provides an easy way for you to back up your iPhone to iCloud. Enable this feature, and your iPhone will automatically create a copy of the information stored on your iPhone and upload it to Apple’s cloud servers. If you ever lose your iPhone or purchase a new iPhone, you can use the iCloud backup to restore the backup to the new iPhone.

Enabling iPhone Backups to iCloud

Here’s how to backup your iPhone to iCloud:

  1. From the iPhone’s home screen, tap Settings.

  2. Tap your name, as shown below.

    iOS system settings

  3. Tap iCloud, as shown below.

    iOS personal settings

  4. Tap iCloud Backup, as shown below.

    Backing up iPhone to iCloud

  5. Tap the iCloud Backup slider to the on position, as shown below.

    Backing up iPhone to iCloud

You’ve successfully enabled automated iCloud backups for your iPhone. In the future, your iPhone will automatically back itself up when it’s locked, connected to a WiFi network, and connected to a power source.

Adjusting the Information Your iPhone Backs Up

If your iPhone backups are taking up a lot of space on iCloud, you may be able to reduce the size by not backing up the data in certain apps.

Here’s how to adjust the information your iPhone backs to iCloud:

  1. From the iPhone’s home screen, tap Settings.

  2. Tap your name, as shown below.

    iOS system settings

  3. Tap iCloud, as shown below.

    iOS personal settings

  4. Tap Manage Storage, as shown below.

    Managing iCloud backups

  5. Tap Backups, as shown below.

    Managing iCloud backups

  6. Tap your iPhone, as shown below.

    Managing iCloud backups

  7. To remove an app’s data from your iCloud backup, tap an app’s slider to the off position.

    Managing iCloud backups

What’s Backed Up to iCloud?

By default, iPhone backups to iCloud automatically back up the following files and information:

iCloud only backs up the stuff that’s stored on your device (and not iCloud). For example, if you’ve stored Calendar dates in iCloud, those won’t be backed up as part of this backup.

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