If you’ve Googled “how to back up iPhone to iCloud” – you’re no doubt on the hunt for a means to keep your precious files, photos and contacts safe. 

While there’s no denying that we now live in a digital world, there are still certain precautions we need to take that act as somewhat of an insurance policy when it comes to protecting our data. While many of us have lost the contents of our phones thanks to accidentally dropping them in water, the same predicament can also happen when you get a new phone and forget to back up your old one first. 

Thankfully, learning the process of how to back up an iPhone to iCloud can help to avoid such pickles – but where do you start?

How iCloud Storage Works 

The iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by  Apple Inc, that use Apple’s iOS mobile operating system.  As of November 1 2018, more than 2.2 billion iPhones had been sold worldwide.

The humble iPhone has a user interface built around a multi-touch screen. They connect to both cellular networks and Wi-Fi, and can make calls, browse the internet, take pictures and videos, play music, and send and receive text messages and emails. Since it’s initial release in 2007, the iPhone’s features have certainly come a long way. Improvements have been made to keep up with consumer demand, such as larger screen sizes, waterproofing, the ability to install third party apps, and many more accessibility features. 

For iPhone users, it’s fair to say that some of the most important information about our day to day lives are stored in them. From passwords to photo albums, the thought of losing this information is inextricably linked to a sense of existential dread. Thankfully, the bigwigs at Apple had the foresight to anticipate this problem, and launched in October 2011 as a means to provide a digital back up plan. 

Cloud computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power, without direct active management by the user. The term is generally used to describe data centres available to many users over the internet, and iCloud is the name of Apple’s in house cloud system purposefully designed for the users of its products. iCloud enables users to store data such as documents, photos, and music on remote servers in the “clouds”, for download to iOS, macOS or Windows devices, to share and send data to other users, and to manage their Apple devices if damaged, lost or stolen. As of 2018, the service had an estimated 850 million users, up from 782 million users in 2016.

How To Back Up iPhone To iCloud 

Apple automatically provides every user with 5GB of free iCloud storage. You can use this storage to back up apps, images, videos, or documents. However, 5GB doesn’t get you very far these days, so there are also a wide range of paid monthly subscription models available for those who exceed this limit. 

While users are able to back up their iPhones – or safely store a copy of their digital data somewhere – alternatives include manually plugging in your smartphone to a desktop computer, laptop or Macbook and actioning a backup via iTunes. 

For those who prefer the WiFi based technology used when learning how to back up an iPhone to iCloud, the process is very straightforward. 

  1. Go to your iPhone Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup.
  2. Turn on iCloud Backup. iCloud automatically backs up your iPhone daily when the iPhone is connected to power, locked, and on Wi-Fi.
  3. To perform a manual backup, tap Back Up Now.

To view your iCloud backups, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups. To delete a backup, choose a backup from the list, then tap Delete Backup.

So long as you’ve nailed the initial set up and automation process, you’re all set!

Want To Talk Back Ups Or Storage With The Professionals?

SOS Phone Repairs are specialists in high-quality, cost-effective phone repairs, tablet repairs, and PC repairs. Founded in 2015 in Coffs Harbour and now with over sixteen outlets located all over Australia, our primary driving factors remained the same: people and phones.

Whether it’s to get a few more years out of your trusted iPhone, to fix one up to sell, or to repurpose an old one as a gift, repairing a smartphone might just be easier and cheaper than you think. It’s also a great way to upcycle and keep electronics out of Australian landfills.

Here at SOS Phone Repairs, we offer a lifetime warranty on iPhone screens, a no fix – no fee policy, dry water damaged phones for free, and offer unlimited advice for any of your phone repair needs. Any questions? Come in and see the team to discuss how we can help.