How to Backup iPhone to iCloud on Mac/Windows PCs

Posted by Winnie to iCloud, Apple Resources | Posted on Aug 22, 2017

There must be some important files on your phone that you never wanna lose, maybe your family photos, business contacts, favorite music playlist or whatever. However, no matter your iPhone get lost, damaged by accident or you plan to update iOS 11 and turn to a new iPhone 8, there are possibilities of data loss after iOS update which happens to your files, photos, and everything else. Nevertheless, things are different if you've backed up your iPhone to iCloud, your data will be safe and always available to you in a pitch. So how to backup to iCloud on iPhone iPad iPod? This article will show you the easiest and most effective way to backup to iCloud drive.

iCloud is Apple's own cloud-based storage and backup solution for Apple applications. You can sync and backup files like documents, photos, music, videos, contacts to iCloud drive to share data to others and manage iOS devices if lost or stolen. With the following steps, you're able to backup iOS files using iCloud in about five minutes.

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How to Backup iPhone iPad iPod to iCloud

Before you start to make a backup to iCloud, you have to make sure that iCloud backups are enabled on your device. Then connect your device to a Wi-Fi network and you're ready to backup to iCloud Mac. Here take how to backup iPhone to iCloud 10.3 as an example.

1. Open Setting on your iPhone iPad or iPod touch.
2. Tap the user banner at the top of the screen.
3. Tap iCloud.
4. Tap iCloud Backup and slide the switch next to iCloud Backup on. There pops up a Start iCloud Backup Backup prompt. Tap OK to enable iCloud backup automatically.
5. Tap Back Up Now.

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1. If you've turned on iCloud automatic backup, it will attempt to start a data backup to iCloud drive every 24 hours or so, as long as your iPhone or iPad is connected to Wi-Fi and plugged in to charge. Mostly this happens while you're sleeping.

2. If your iCloud doesn't have enough available space, the automatically iCoud backup will fail owing to iCloud storage full. So you need make sure that you have enough space for the backup. Other than the free 5GB iCloud storage, you can buy more from your iPhone iPad iPod touch(Plans start at 50GB for $0.99 a month), or delete iCloud backups to make room for new backup.

3. If you've never make a backup to iCloud, the first backup can take a while. After that, iCloud will only update the changes in every day backup routine, which can be finished within 5 minutes.

What Will/Won't Be Backed Up by iCloud

Actually, unlike iTunes backup everything to your Mac computer, iCloud only can back up limited files to cloud server. So before you explore deeper about how to backup to iCloud, making sense of what does iCloud backup and what will not be backed up also matters a lot.

What will be backed up

● iTunes purchases (but not in all countries), eg. Movies, music, TV shows, books
● Apps, App data, Home screen and app organization
● Photos, videos in the Camera Roll, Ringtones
● Notes in the Notes app
● Device settings (for example, Phone Favorites, Wallpaper, and Mail, Contacts, Calendar accounts)
● Messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS)

What won't be backed up

● Media files synced from you computer cannot be backed up, but can be restored by iTunes syncing.
● Apps, books, music and TV shows that have been subsequently removed from the App store, iTunes Store and iBookstore since you downloaded and purchased them.

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As you can see, some of the media files cannot be backed up by iCloud. In this case, it's time to seeking for a solid iCloud alternative to back up iCloud backup unacceptable files. MacX MediaTrans is absolutely the leading iOS backup software, which is similar to iCloud but accepts a wide range of media files like camera roll photos and videos, downloaded videos and pictures, selfies, iTunes purchases (music tracks, movies, TV shows), ebooks, podcast, ringtone, iTunes U etc. Besides, there are no storage limits for this iOS transfer, it all depends on the storage space of your Macs or Windows PCs since MacX MediaTrans backs up files from iOS to Mac or vice versa.

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At the initial, free download MacX MediaTrans on Mac computers or the iCloud alternative for Windows if you're willing to back up iPhone to Windows PCs.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone 8/7/6S/SE/6 Plus/5S/5 to your computer (eg. Macbook Pro) with a USB cable. Launch the alternative to iCloud.

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Step 2: Click on the media type you wanna backup, from Photo Transfer, Music Manager, Video, Book to Voice & Ringtone. For example, click on Photo Transfer to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac.

Step 3: Opt for the specific photos or tick on the box of Select All. Then click Export button on the top of window to backup iPhone to Mac without iCloud.

Have you got how to backup to iCloud? Generally, if you only have your iOS devices at hand, or if you have enough iCloud storage for backup, why not directly backup to iCloud drive. On the contrary, if the files you wanna backup is not acceptable to iCloud, your iCloud backup not working or there is no Wi-Fi connection indeed, you're highly suggested to backup files with MacX MediaTrans. Anyway, keep a routine iOS data backup in case of any data loss by accident.

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MacX MediaTrans, an awesome alternative to iCloud, can transfer and backup movies, videos, photos, music, books, ringtone, DRM contents, iTunes purchases, documents and many other types of files on iOS to computer simply by drag and drop. No 5GB free storage or Wi-Fi connection limits.

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