ICloud backup is a storage service used to save your data and restore Apple devices: here's how to do it properly.
One of the most interesting features of Apple devices is the iCloud backup, a practice widely used by users who have chosen to invest in a product of the house of Cupertino. This is because, in just a few steps, it allows you to always access your data saved on your iPhone, iPad or Mac, perhaps at a later time or because problems have arisen with the device in your possession. In this guide we'll find out how to make the backup for data storage on iCloud, always assuming that, before proceeding, it is absolutely necessary to be connected to the Internet with the Apple device with which you want to proceed.
How to make iCloud backup on iPhone and iPad
The procedure of Cloud backup, on any device is carried out, requires the aforementioned web connection and of course also an iCloud account. It is usually Apple itself, when you purchase a product, to invite you to create your personal profile, so you can synchronize all devices and proceed with the recovery of data, whether photos, documents, videos or contacts.
In particular on iPhone and iPad, just go to the Settings menu directly from the "Home" screen, then tap on "iCloud". At this point you'll be able to choose which apps and services you want to back up by toggling the switches to "ON" or "OFF", then tap on "iCloud Backup". In the new screen, click on "Backup" now and wait for the procedure to complete, the times vary of course depending on the amount of data we are trying to import.
For those who prefer to "delegate" their mobile device, there is a useful option that allows the backup to be performed automatically. To do so, turn the switch present at the "iCloud Backup" option in the Backup section of the settings of the iOS system in use to "ON". Once this feature is enabled, your iPhone or iPad will automatically back up as long as it is connected to a power source and connected to a Wi-Fi network.
In any case you can always check if the operation was successful by selecting the "Last successful backup" item, visible at the bottom of the screen dedicated to backup in the system settings. If you want, you can extend the iCloud backup capabilities by activating the iCloud Photo Library, which permanently copies all photos and videos taken with iPads and iPhones.
How to restore iPhone, iPad and Mac with iCloud backup
Now that we managed to figure out how to backup to iCloud, you may need to restore an iPhone or iPad using the data stored on the online platform of the Apple company. Again, these are very simple steps. First, open the iOS Settings and select the "General" item, then click on "Restore". Then go to Initialize Content and Settings and choose the Initialize iPhone/iPad button to start a wizard.
In order to configure your Apple device, all you have to do is choose the "Set up your device" and "Restore from backup" options. When things are done, you can log into your iCloud account and choose the backup to use. The same procedure can be conveniently used to activate a new iPhone or iPad by copying data and apps stored in iCloud.
Things get more complicated in case you want to make the same iCloud backup on a Mac computer. In situations like these, in fact, it is not possible to rely on a complete iCloud backup procedure. Most, find particularly interesting solutions offered by third parties, such as the reliable Time Machine. In any case, even on Mac "mother" Apple allows you to take advantage of iCloud to save all kinds of data, from apps to photos, through videos, documents and desktop.
On computer just click on "Preferences" system from the Dock and then on the iCloud icon, going to select and deselect from the list on the right side of the screen services for which you intend to use the backup, which will always happen automatically. Also on Mac, then, there is the possibility to use the option "iCloud Photo Library", while in the Documents folder we can check the item "iCloud Drive" to synchronize and store the data of our interest. Once all the options are enabled, it will be easy to recover all the data we have on any other Mac.