iCloud Backup

iCloud Backup

See the image to the left? That’s an image of the best move you can make with an iOS device. It’s located on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running iOS 5 or 6 and you can locate it by going to your Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup. Under Backup, slide the switch to On. Believe me, this one simple thing can save you a ton of grief.

I’ve lost two iPhones to circumstance beyond my control. The first was when I was shooting for CTV News in 2010. One of the stories we covered was a Hurricane Earl. Earl made landfall near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, on September 6. I shot some dash cam footage you can see here. The worst part of Earl for me was the destruction of my beloved iPhone 3. Even though I had it securely zipped up inside a good quality rain jacket it got wet to the point that water literally poured out the earphone jack.

The second came a year later when I was walking my dog Ozzy. I was holding his leash and an iPhone 4 in the same hand when he saw something and tried to go after it. My bad. The slow motion replay from that is still in my head – the iPhone slowly spinning as it launched into the air and shattered on the pavement.

In both of these cases I had a backup on iTunes. Just plugged the new iPhone in and viola! It was synced with the last backup and everything on the new one was the same as it was on the old one. A great feature to have when it comes to portable electronics.

With the advent of iCloud backing up your data is now easier then ever but you need to turn it on for it to work.

So how can you Back Up an iPhone, iPad Using iCloud?

  • Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.
  • Under Backup, turn on the switch for iCloud Backup.

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  • Now go back one screen and turn on or off the data you want backed up from the selections.

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  • Next you’ll want to scroll all the way down to Storage & Backup, and tap it.
  • Choose the third choice shown, Manage Storage.
  • Under the heading Backups, select the entry for your phone.
  • You should now be on a page called Info. Under the heading Backup Options, you’ll see a list of the top five storage-using apps, plus another button reading “Show All Apps.” Press Show All Apps, and you can now choose which items you want to back up.

Remember iCloud only works when you’re connected to a wi-fi network. That way it won’t kill your carrier data plan and result in a over usage fee $$$$$.

What’s Backed Up?

  • Music purchased through iTunes
  • TV shows purchased through iTunes (U.S. only)
  • Your Contacts
  • Apps
  • Books purchased through iTunes
  • Photos in the Camera Roll
  • Notes in the Notes app (this requires an iCloud email to be set up)
  • Device settings (for example, Phone Favorites, Wallpaper, and Mail, Contacts, Calendar accounts)
  • App data
  • Home screen and app organization
  • Messages
  • Ringtones

iCloud is a great feature. Turn it on and forget about it.