Set­ting up and restor­ing

Back­ing up is se­cure and pain-free, so there’s no ex­cuse for lost data

Mac Format - - ICLOUD -

Back­ing up your iOS de­vice to iCloud not only keeps your data safe, but also lets you trans­fer it quickly and easily to a new de­vice. iOS backs up your data when­ever your de­vice is plugged in, locked and con­nected to Wi-Fi, so you can lit­er­ally set it up and for­get about it un­til you need to re­store your files.

Turn on iCloud Backup in Set­tings > iCloud > Backup. When your de­vice is next con­nected to a power sup­ply it will back up, but you can tap Back Up Now to force it to do so right away.

iCloud backs up your pur­chase history from all of Ap­ple’s down­load stores (you can re­down­load the pur­chases on de­mand), de­vice set­tings, app data, the lay­out of your Home screens, mes­sages (iMes­sage, SMS and MMS), ring­tones, health data, HomeKit con­fig­u­ra­tion and, if your mo­bile net­work sup­ports it, your Vis­ual Voice­mail.

Things like email, con­tacts and cal­en­dars, which are al­ready stored online by iCloud fea­tures, are omit­ted. They are re­stored sim­ply by turn­ing on the rel­e­vant switches in Set­tings > iCloud. Data from third-party cloud ser­vices is also ex­cluded. Your photos and videos are backed up only if you haven’t turned on iCloud Photo Li­brary (see page 32); oth­er­wise, they are treated like the other things just men­tioned.

The things in­cluded in back­ups eat into your avail­able stor­age. That’s just 5GB on iCloud’s free

iOS backs up your data when­ever your de­vice is plugged in, locked and con­nected to Wi-Fi

plan, so you may need to up­grade to a paid plan in Set­tings > iCloud > Stor­age, or ex­clude apps by tap­ping Man­age Stor­age, the de­vice you’re us­ing, and turn off the switches for apps whose data you don’t want to back up from that de­vice.

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