Making a regular backup of your iPhone to iCloud can be helpful in case you end up losing Data on your iPhone. You will find below the steps to Backup iPhone to iCloud.
Backup iPhone to iCloud
Apple provides iPhone users with 5 GB Free iCloud Storage, which can be put to good use by allowing iPhone to automatically backup to iCloud.
Once automated iCloud Backups are setup on your device, your iPhone will start automatically backing up its data to iCloud, whenever it is connected to a WiFi network and plugged in for charging.
Apart from Automated iCloud Backups, iCloud also supports manual backups that can be initiated at any time on your computer.
Having a Backup of iPhone on iCloud allows you to recover Lost Data on your device by Restoring iPhone Using the iCloud Backup.
What is Included in iCloud Backup?
While both automated and manual iCloud Backups are easy to make, you need to be aware that iCloud Backup is not a complete backup of all the data on your iPhone.
According to Apple, iCloud Backups include only the data available on the local storage of your iPhone and do not include data that is already available on iCloud.
This means an iCloud Backup of your iPhone includes Device Settings, App Data, Purchase History, Home Screen and app organization, Ringtones and Apple Watch Backups.
iMessages, Text Messages, Photos and Videos will be included in the Backup, only if iCloud Messages and iCloud Photos (respectively) have not been enabled on your iPhone.
What is Not Included in iCloud Backup
As you can see from the above list, an iCloud Backup does not include Apps, Music, Books, Movies that you may have downloaded to your device, both from iTunes and other sources.
You will be able to re-download purchased Apps, iBooks, Movies and Music from iTunes & App Stores. However, you won’t be able to get back Apps, Music and Books downloaded from other sources.
As far as Photos, Videos and iCloud enabled iMessages are concerned, they will be back on your device as soon as your iPhone syncs to iCloud.
Note: In case you are looking for a complete backup of iPhone, you can Backup iPhone to Computer using iTunes.
1. Steps to Automatically Backup iPhone to iCloud
Follow the steps below to setup automated iCloud Backups to iCloud on your iPhone.
1. Open Settings > tap on your Apple ID.
2. On Apple ID screen, tap on iCloud.
3. On iCloud Screen, scroll down and tap on iCloud Backup option.
4. On the next screen, move the slider next to iCloud Backup to ON Position.
This will setup your iPhone to automatically backup to iCloud Drive, whenever it is connected to a WiFi network and is plugged in for charging.
2. Manually Backup iPhone to iCloud
If you are looking for an up-to-date or the most recent backup of your iPhone, you can initiate a manual backup of your iPhone at any time by following the steps below.
1. Go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > tap on iCloud Backup.
2. On the next screen, make sure toggle next to iCloud Backup is switched ON and tap on Back Up Now option.
Once you tap on Back Up Now, you iPhone will start the process of backing up its data to iCloud over a WiFi network.
All that is required from your end is to make sure that your iPhone is connected to a WiFi network and it is sufficiently charged.