How to Back Up Your iPhone to iCloud

It's important to keep your iPhone or iPad backed up. It’s especially important to back it up before you install the latest iOS update. Having a full and recent backup is the fastest way to restore your iPhone should something happen to it. Plus, the iCloud backup will restore all your settings as well. For convenience, you can set your iPhone or iPad to automatically back up via iCloud when your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network, plugged in, and locked. You can also manually tell it to back up. Here’s how to back up your iPhone to iCloud.

Related: How to Back Up Your iPhone to iTunes

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To back up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud:

  • Open the Settings app.

  • Tap iCloud.

  • Scroll down and select Backup.

  • If not already on, toggle on iCloud Backup.

  • If you haven’t previously toggled iCloud Backup on, you’ll receive a warning message that your device will no longer automatically back up when connected to your computer—if you had that feature previously turned on. Click OK. Then Enter your iCloud password.

  • If your iPhone is not connected to Wi-Fi, the option to Back Up Now will be gray and you won’t be able to tap it.

  • Once you’re connected to Wi-Fi, Back Up Now will be blue.

  • Tap Back Up Now to begin backing your iPhone up to iCloud.

With iCloud Backup turned on, your device will automatically begin backing up when your device is plugged in, connected to a Wi-Fi network, and locked. However, that will only happen if you have enough iCloud storage. If you need to get more iCloud storage we have a how-to that’ll make it easy. You can also delete old iCloud backups to make more room.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.