Backing up & restoring iOS devices with iCloud

How to back up to iCloud

Step 1: Navigate to the iCloud storage settings — Tap Settings > iCloud > Backup.


Step 2: Toggle on iCloud Backup — At the top of the page, you’ll be able to toggle on the iCloud Backup option to allow the software to automatically back up your camera roll, accounts, documents and setting when your device is plugged in, locked and connected to Wi-Fi. Alternatively, tap the Back Up Now option to manually back up your device when connected via Wi-Fi.

How to restore from iCloud

Step 1: Start from the beginning — All new iOS devices sporting iOS 5 or later feature a setup assistant allowing you to restore your device from a backup. However, if you’ve already opted out of restoring from iCloud during the initial setup process, you merely need to reset your device to its factory defaults to access the same setup assistant featured on new devices. To do so, tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings. Tap Erase iPhone to confirm.

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Step 2: Restore from backup — Once you’ve begun the initial setup assistant, you’ll be prompted to either setup a new device, restore from iCloud or restore from iTunes. Select Restore from iCloud Backup, enter the Apple ID corresponding to your iCloud account, and tap the blue Next button located in the upper-right corner. Afterwards, tap the blue Agree button in the bottom-right corner — followed by the translucent  Agree button in the pop-up window — and select your desired backup. If available, you’ll see the three most recent backups for each of the devices on which you’ve enabled iCloud Backup.

iCloud SetupOnce chosen, the setup assistant will handle the rest. A progress bar will appear beneath indicating how long it will take download and install the iCloud backup, and when finished, your iOS device will reset and begin downloading the same version of any apps you had previously installed on the device. Enter the appropriate password when prompted and ensure you’re connected via Wi-Fi for downloads larger than 50MB.

Deleting iCloud backups

If you haven’t figured it out already, iCloud is a terrific and autonomous way of syncing and storing data from all your connected iOS devices. Unfortunately, the provided 5GB of storage only goes so far when you’re constantly backing up an iPhone, iPad and iPod using the same iCloud account. Luckily, select backups can always be manually deleted directly on your iOS device to free up storage when they become extremely outdated or in the event you no longer posses the device to which the backup belongs.

how to use icloud delete backupStep 1: Navigate to backup —  Tap Settings > iCloud > Storage, then tap Manage Storage.

Step 2: Delete the backup — Select the backup you wish to delete and tap the red Delete Backup option at the bottom of the resulting menu. Each backup will show its relative size and the specific date when it was initially uploaded, so you shouldn’t have much trouble distinguishing between the various backups. However, you’ll typically want to keep the most recent backup.

Wish you success,


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