How to backup iPhone data to iCloud before moving to iOS 12

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in iPhone edited September 2018
Your iPhone's photos, contacts, messages and other data are precious commodities that shouldn't be siloed on a single device. Learn how to use iCloud Backup to protect your data from being deleted or lost before you update to iOS 12 in this video.





There are a number of different methods by which you can back up your iPhone's data. Syncing the device to a Mac or iTunes on PC is one way, but using iCloud Backup is undoubtedly the easiest option since the function is automatic.

When you sign up for an iCloud account on iPhone, or set up a new device, you have the choice of enabling iCloud Backup. Some users might skip this portion of the setup process and completely forget to enable the feature at a later date.

To make sure iCloud backup is enabled, go to Settings > Your name > iCloud. You'll instantly see all of the apps that are using iCloud. Scroll down and tap on iCloud Backup to enable it.

Your iPhone will now automatically back up whenever it is plugged into a power source, connected to WiFi and the screen is locked. You can choose to manually backup your phone whenever you want by tapping Back Up Now. This latter method is useful if you've just purchased a new iPhone and want to make sure all of your data is up to date.




When using iCloud Backup, some users will find their iCloud storage quickly maxed out. Apple gives you 5GB of iCloud storage by default, but it's honestly not enough, especially if you love to take photos. When that happens, it may be time to consider upgrading your iCloud storage plan.

At the top of the iCloud settings page, tap Manage Storage > Change Storage Plan to subscribe to a new storage tier.

In the US, a 50GB plan is only $1 per month, but if you choose the 200GB plan for $3 per month, you can share that storage with up to six family members. To do so, enable the share with family option within the iCloud Storage settings.

If you've already upgraded your iCloud Storage and are still hitting the storage ceiling, head back to the iCloud Storage page and see what's using up all of your data allotment.

If your Photos are using up the majority of your storage, it may be time to go in and start deleting old photos, like those multiple attempts at the perfect bathroom selfie. Videos actually take up much more storage space than photos, so you should start with the longest videos you've recorded.

If you're reluctant to delete anything off of your iPhone, you can backup your Photos to your Mac or PC using iTunes. Once you've done that, feel free to delete as many old photos as you want, knowing that they're safely stored on your computer.

If you have an iPhone 7 or newer, and are running iOS 11, you can enable High Efficiency camera capture by heading to Settings > Camera > Formats > High Efficiency. Doing this will reduce the size of your photos and videos.

Once you have enough storage space, you can choose to manually Backup your iPhone to iCloud, or wait for it to automatically backup if auto-backup is enabled.
anantksundaram

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    Actually, I’m pretty sure only iPhone 7 Plus and greater can take high efficiency photos and videos. 
  • Reply 2 of 11
    ivanhivanh Posts: 353member
    If you’re using iCloud to store and share photos, AND your iPhone has been 2 years old, AND you feel your iPhone is significantly slower, consider moving your photos away from the Photos app, and still not speeding up satisfactorily? Turn off iCloud functions one by one, then you’ll regain the speed of your iPhone.
    SpamSandwich
  • Reply 3 of 11
    plovellplovell Posts: 800member
    Note: don't do this if you're in China.
    svanstromSpamSandwich
  • Reply 4 of 11
    sailorpaulsailorpaul Posts: 297member
     As long as Apple refuses to high sign HIPPA agreements for iCloud storage, this is a nonstarter for enterprise medical users.
  • Reply 5 of 11
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,886member
     As long as Apple refuses to high sign HIPPA agreements for iCloud storage, this is a nonstarter for enterprise medical users.
    Ans why would "enterprise medical users" be backing up individual phones to icloud anyway? If they're truly enterprise, they should be backed up to the enterprise's servers along with all other critical IT services.
    MacProsvanstromSpamSandwichcyberzombie
  • Reply 6 of 11
    spice-boyspice-boy Posts: 813member
    I love these videos. 
  • Reply 7 of 11
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 4,493member
    It's a good video, well done.   But it missed one important point:
    Storing critical photos on iCloud is not fool proof on a long term basis.  Shit happens...  You can, God Forbid, leave the Apple ecosystem....  Or perhaps, inadvertently let your credit card on your iPhone expire -- which will cancel your iCloud storage.  Murphy's law even applies to Apple...

    But Apple provided the solution:  Backup iCloud to your computer -- and, they it made both easy and automatic:
    From the iCloud Control panel, select photos and then click on "options" and then "Download new photos and videos to my PC"...   As photos are automatically uploaded to iCloud they will then be automatically downloaded to the PC and harddrive of your choice.  You can then use automatic backup software (such as "File History on Windows 10) to backup that harddrive to a second harddrive.

    You then have a solid, almost unbreakable backup structure.
  • Reply 8 of 11
    pakittpakitt Posts: 156member
    If you have all your data stored on iCloud and apps use iCloud to store their data, do you really still need the iCloud backup?
  • Reply 9 of 11
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 4,493member
    pakitt said:
    If you have all your data stored on iCloud and apps use iCloud to store their data, do you really still need the iCloud backup?
    If that's all your worried about, then no...
    BTW, you never have to back up apps because you can just re-download them at any time.

    But iCloud Backup is much more comprehensive that that:  it backs up photos and settings as well as data such as spreadsheets and such.  Plus, it does so automatically...   And being free, or nearly free, asking "is it necessary?" is the wrong question.  Rather, you should be asking why anybody wouldn't use it.
    kudu
  • Reply 10 of 11
    inadvertently let your credit card on your iPhone expire -- which will cancel your iCloud storage. 
    I’ve managed to do that, but… Apple being Apple… nothing was deleted.

    It just wouldn’t let the phone backup anything more as the account was treated as 100% full.
    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 
  • Reply 11 of 11
    tzeshantzeshan Posts: 1,975member
    Does iCloud Backup back up chat data of Line app? 
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