Backup Data to iCloud
1. Backup Photos to iCloud
2. Backup Contacts to iCloud
3. Backup Music to iCloud

The Detailed Way to Backup Contacts to iCloud

You probably keep some very significant information on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, whether that's photos of your kids or the email addresses of your most vital business contacts. You definitely don't want to get contacts lost, but what if your contacts or other data like photos, and others are lost when your iOS device were stolen, or seriously damaged?

Every mobile user should back up their data regularly. For iOS users, you have two options: Using iCloud or using iTunes for data backup.

Backup Contacts to iCloud

This post explains how to backup your contacts using iCloud.

iCloud is Apple's own cloud-based storage and backup solution for Apple software. It comes included with your device, and it's free for up to 5GB.

What Will Be Backed Up

What Won't Be Backed Up

How to Back Up iPhone, iPad Using iCloud

Step 1 Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Backup.

Step 2 Under Backup, turn on the switch for iCloud Backup.

Step 3 Go back one screen and turn on or off the data you want backed up from the selections.

Notice that not all your apps appear here, only the pre-installed Apple apps. Now, you can set to backup iPhone text messages, videos, audio, etc. At this stage, you can consider yourself finished with the backup if don't want to back up anything else on your phone. If you're finished, skip ahead to step 9. If you do want to back up more of your non-Apple apps, continue through the rest of the steps.

Step 4 Scroll all the way down to Storage & Backup, and tap it.

Storage & Backup

Step 5 Choose the third choice shown, Manage Storage.

On this page, you'll see a list of only Apple apps and data that are backed up. To get to your other apps…

Step 6 look at the top, under the heading "Backups," and select the device you want to manage. After tapping on your device, the next page may take a moment or two to load. Be patient.

Manage Storage

Step 7 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.

Show All Apps

You should back up apps that contain important information or files, as well as apps that you have taken a lot of time to customize. I personally wouldn't back up most apps that use a cloud service because all the app data you care about is already being hosted by the provider - not locally on your phone.

Step 8 As you decide which apps you don't want to back up, toggle those to "off." A red button reading "Turn Off & Delete" will appear. If you click it,you'll still have the app and its data locally on your iPhone. All you're "deleting" is the data from iCloud's backup.

At the bottom of the screen, you'll see how much space you have available. Apple gives you 5GB of iCloud storage free. Of course, if you want to back up more, you can pay Apple for extra storage space, starting at $20 a year for an additional 10GB.

Step 9 Connect your iPhone or iPad to a Wi-Fi signal, plug it into a power source (like an outlet), and leave the screen locked (in other words, don't use the device). Your iPhone or iPad will automatically backup once a day when it meets these three conditions. You can also run a backup to iCloud manually by connecting your iPhone or iPad to a Wi-Fi signal and selecting Back Up Now under Settings > iCloud > Storage > Backup.

How to Restore iPhone, iPad Using iCloud

Here are some tips for you to restore contacts from iCloud.

Step 1 When launching a new (or newly wiped) iOS device, a Setup Assistant will automatically ask if you want to "Restore from iCloud Backup." Choose this option to restore your old iPhone's or iPad's data, apps, and settings.

Restore from iCloud Backup

Step 2 Enter your iCloud username and password.

Step 3 You'll see the three most recent backups to choose from. In most cases, you'll want the latest one.

Step 4 From this point, the iPhone or iPad will pretty much do the rest. Enter passwords when prompted, and don't mess with your phone while that progress bar is still doing its thing. iCloud will restore your apps to the version you had rather than the most up-to-date version, unless the previously stored version is no longer available, in which case it defaults to the most recent.

For old iOS device, here we will take contacts as the example.

Step 1Go to "Settings" > "iCloud" to find "Contacts".

Step 2Slide "Contacts" from OFF to ON > to restore contacts from iCloud to iPhone.

If "Contacts" is ON, then you need to slide it to OFF > "Delete from My iPhone" to delete the previously synced iCloud contacts > Slide OFF to ON > "Merge" to merge the restored contacts with your existing contacts on your iPhone.

Restore iCloud Backup to iPhone

If you can spare the time to learn a little more about backing up a computer, I highly recommend Aiseesoft iOS Data Backup & Restore. Using this software, you are able to easily back up more than contacts, and data type like photos, videos, text messages, etc are also supported.

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April 26, 2018 07:31 / Updated by to Back up iOS Data

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