Backup to iCloud Manually from an iPhone or iPad
Once you have iCloud set up, it becomes easier than ever to keep recent backups of your iPhone and iPad. With iCloud backup enabled, remember that the backup starts automatically any time the device is connected to a power source, and the synced computer is turned on and connected to the same wifi network. These automatic backups are great, but if you want to be absolutely certain you have the most recent backup stored in iCloud before you do something like an iOS restore, software update, or even a jailbreak, you’ll probably want to do a manual backup first.
Manual backups are also highly recommended to use on a regular basis if you don’t use the automatic backup feature, because otherwise you won’t have a backup of your device stored anywhere.
Whatever your situation, we’ll show you exactly how to initiate a backup to iCloud instantly on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:
Start a Manual Backup to iCloud from an iPhone or iPad
You’ll need a recent version of iOS and iCloud, and a Wi-Fi connection for this to work, then it’s just a simple three step process:
- Launch the “Settings” app in iOS
- Tap on “iCloud” and scroll to the bottom, then tap on “Storage & Backup”
- Navigate down and tap on “Back Up Now” *
* Note: iCloud Backups must be turned on, if they aren’t yet you will have the option to turn them on at this same settings screen. Just toggle the switch to the ON position to enable iCloud backup for your iOS device.
iOS will give you an estimated time before the backup is complete, and there’s a progress bar to watch too. It’s generally fairly quick but since it’s uploading to iCloud the overall time to completion is largely dependent on your internet connection speed.
Remember that you can also backup from iTunes to a desktop computer as well, which is a perfectly reasonable solution for those without broadband access or if iCloud storage is over capacity, just keep in mind that won’t save to iCloud.