iCloud is Apple’s web based data syncing service. It lets you sync data between your devices which means once you upload data on your iCloud account you always have a backup of your data there, which can be accessed from any iOS device. Sharing data across multiple devices becomes easy with iCloud storage. This data backing service duplicates the data from your iOS devices and stores it in the iCloud account which makes data restoration in a new device very simple. You get a free storage worth 5GB and upgrade your storage anytime with an annual fee. With this storage and syncing functionality by Apple, keep all your data and applications in sync always.
What does iCloud Backup Contain:
iCloud backs up data from your iOS devices like iPhone, iPad and iPods in the cloud drive. The backup data includes all your app data, call history, device settings, photos and messages. It also stores all your Apple Watch backups, home-kit configuration, Apple Service purchase history along with ringtones and voice mail password. You can set up iCloud backup automatically for data like contacts, bookmarks, mail, calendar, photos and files. These data will automatically be stored in the iCloud drive. The backup stores information and settings that are stored in your device but not the contents that are already automatically backed up. If you turn on messages in iCloud or iCloud Photo Library your data information will automatically be stored in the drive and will not be included in the backup. Also iCloud backup includes the information about the Apple services and contents that you bought but does not include the content itself. But, however in many countries the purchased content is automatically re-downloaded from the App store, iTunes or iBooks store once you restore your data from the iCloud backup.
How does it work:
iCloud backup duplicates the information stored on your iOS devices and saves them to the cloud storage. This helps data restoration and simple on your existing device or you can also set up a new device to restore all your data. You can also let iCloud to back your data up every day whenever your phone is connected to a power source or over Wi-Fi. To enable a backup on your device follow the steps below:
Step 1: First of all, you need to make sure that you have enough storage space available in iCloud for the backup.
Step 2: Now make sure iCloud backup is turned on in your device. To do so go to Settings → [your name] → iCloud → iCloud Backup. Now if you are using iOS version 10.2 or earlier you can simply go to Settings → iCloud → Backup
Step 3: Now connect your device to a nearby power source.
Step 4: Connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network.
Step 5: Now make sure that the screen of your device is locked.
Step 6: The backup will now start automatically and your data will be stored to the drive for later utilization.
Once you set up a backup you automatically get 5 GB of storage space for free. You can use this space for your backups and store your media files in the drive. You can also buy additional storage space for when you run out of space for future backups.
Manage iCloud backups:
Managing iCloud backup is pretty simple. You can view all the individual backups in your account and subsequently delete the one that you want to get rid of. To manage your backups you can go to your iCloud storage and select Manage or Manage Storage option. You can see all the apps that backup to iCloud as well as the full system backups.
- To delete a full system backup you can select the backup that you want to delete and then click Delete (for desktop) or Delete Backup (for iOS) but this is only advisable if you have a new backup and looking to save space. Only do this once you make sure you want to get rid of that particular backup.
- You can also check the applications that are backing up or click on any application to see the app related documents that are being backed up to iCloud. To delete any file simply swipe across that file and tap on the Delete button. The file will be deleted from your backup.