[iCloud Support] What Does iCloud Backup

Posted by Winnie to iCloud, Apple Resources | Posted on Aug 15, 2017

Apple's cloud storage service, iCloud, is one of the easiest ways to store data for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, covering from music, photos, videos to Apple Watch backups. It's great but don't expect iCloud to backup everything for your iDevice. What does iCloud backup? Does iCloud backup messages after "Messages in iCloud" feature is removed in iOS 11? Look at our full list of iCloud supported backup files and get answers.

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1. Here're iCloud Supported Backup Files

App data
Call history
Health data
Apple Watch backups
HomeKit configuration
iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch etc. iDevice settings
Home screen and app organization
iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages
Photos and videos on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
Purchase history from Apple services, like your music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books, Ringtones.
Visual Voicemail password (requires the SIM card that was in use during backup).
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How to Backup Data in iCloud

1. Set up iCloud to get 5GB of free storage. Tap settings, choose iCloud and enter Apple ID and password. 5GB is far from enough, you'd better know some tips to free up space on iCloud if the iCloud storage gets full and you don't want to buy more iCloud storage.

2. Turn on iCloud backup. Go to tap Settings > iCloud > Backup and turn iCloud Backup on. You need to connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to Wi-Fi network. What to do if iCloud backup not working.

2. What Does iCloud Not Backup

* iCloud doesn't backup the data already stored in iCloud, such as iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, Contacts, Calendars, Bookmarks, Mail, Notes, photos and videos and other data that are already in iCloud.
* iCloud backup doesn't include information stored in Gmail, Exchange or other cloud services, Touch ID settings, Apple Pay info and settings, content itself from Apple Store, previous purchases that is not available in the store. iCloud doesn't backup everything, check out ways to backup iPhone without iCloud.

[Q&A] What Does iCloud Backup

1. Does iCloud backup contacts?
Yes, iCloud supports to backup contacts. To backup to iCloud including contacts, connect your iDevice to Wi-Fi network, go to Settings and tap iCloud > iCloud Backup > Back Up Now.

2. Does iCloud backup text messages?
The answer is Yes. iCloud backup includes messages (iMessage, SMS, MMS). But you can't view them separately because they don't show in the settings. The text message backup will be available if you restore your backup. Note that you can't enjoy the Message in iCloud feature if you've updated to iOS 11, but you can still backup and restore iPhone messages on iCloud.

3. Does iCloud backup apps data?
Apps date is included in the iCloud backup. However, iCloud only backup apps that are not stored in other cloud services. For example, if you have an app backup in Dropbox, the app data will not included in iCloud backup. When you restore from your iCloud backup, apps will re-download automatically from the App Store.

4. Are iCloud backups encrypted?
iCloud backups are encrypted and safe. iCloud uses a minimum of 128-bit AES encryption and Apple will never provides encryption keys to others.

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