Since Apple devices are closely integrated with iCloud, it is easy to setup automated backups of MacBook to iCloud and also manually backup MacBook to iCloud.
Should You Backup MacBook to iCloud?
If you have an iPhone linked to an Apple ID, it is likely that you are already using Apple’s cloud storage service and backing up your iPhone to iCloud.
However, the free 5 GB iCloud storage space that Apple provides to its device users is only good enough for Automated iPhone Backups to iCloud.
Hence, you need to think in terms of upgrading from free to a paid iCloud Account, in case you also want to save photos, files and other data located on your MacBook to iCloud Drive.
The good news is that Apple’s paid iCloud service is not that expensive ($0.99 for 50 GB) and it comes with the flexibility of upgrading or downgrading the plan at any time – In-fact, you can go from paid to free iCloud account at any time.
Once you have a paid iCloud account, you can setup your MacBook to be automatically backed up to iCloud or manually backup selected data from your MacBook to iCloud.
1. Automatically Backup MacBook to iCloud
As mentioned above, you can setup your MacBook to automatically backup photos, contacts, calendars, notes, reminders and also desktop and documents folders to iCloud Drive.
The advantage of this method is that it allows you to select the type of data that you want to include or exclude from auto-backups to iCloud.
1. Click on Apple Logo in the top-menu bar and select System Settings (or System Preferences) in the drop-down menu.
2. On the system settings screen, click on Apple ID Icon.
3. On the next screen, select iCloud in the left-pane. In the right-pane, select items that you want to backup to iCloud.
If you also want to backup desktop & documents folders to iCloud, check the little box next to “iCloud Drive” and click on Options button next to it.
4. On the next screen, select Desktop & Documents Folders and click on Done.
This ensures that all files located in desktop and documents folders on your MacBook are automatically saved to iCloud Drive.
2. Manually Backup MacBook to iCloud Drive
If you do not like the idea of automatically backing up MacBook to iCloud, you can make use of the Finder on your Mac to manually backup selected data to iCloud.
1. Open the Finder on your Mac.
2. On the Finder screen, select iCloud Drive in the left-pane. In the right-pane, select Files and Folders that you want to backup and drag them to iCloud Drive tab in the left-pane.
3. Patiently wait for files to be transferred from the desktop on your MacBook to iCloud Drive.
If your Mac has a low amount of storage space, you can select Optimize Mac Storage option, which results in certain data only being stored on iCloud, if your Mac does not have sufficient storage spaces.
However, if your MacBook has enough storage space, the data will be stored both on Mac and iCloud Drive.
How Much iCloud Storage is Required to Backup Mac?
If you are setting up a Time Machine Backup, Apple recommends having an external storage drive that is twice the size of the storage space available on your MacBook.
However, this should not be the case if you are thinking in terms backing up MacBook to iCloud. The reason for this is that you can precisely select the type of data that you want to backup to iCloud.
If you only have a free iCloud Account with 5 GB storage, it should be sufficient to backup contacts, calendars, notes and reminders.
If you have the lowest 50 GB ($0.99) plan, you should be able to backup photos, desktop and documents folders to iCloud Drive.