iCloud Backup
iCloud Backup

Backing up your iPhone to iCloud is a straightforward process that ensures your data is securely stored in the cloud. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you perform this essential task efficiently.

Introduction to iCloud Backup

iCloud is Apple’s built-in cloud storage service that offers 5GB of free storage to every Apple user. It is not only a secure way to back up your iPhone, but it also allows for easy synchronization of your calendars, reminders, and contacts across all your Apple devices​​.

Why Back Up Your iPhone?

Regular backups protect your data in case of device loss, damage, or when you decide to upgrade to a new phone. iCloud backup keeps your photos, videos, and other important data safe and easily recoverable.

Steps to Back Up iPhone to iCloud

1. Connect to Wi-Fi

Firstly, ensure your iPhone is connected to a strong Wi-Fi network. This connection is crucial for the backup process to be smooth and uninterrupted​​.

2. Navigate to iCloud Settings

Go to ‘Settings’, tap on your name, and then select ‘iCloud’. For iPhones running iOS 11 or newer, choose ‘iCloud Backup. For iOS 10.2 or older, select ‘Settings > iCloud > Backup’​​.

3. Enable iCloud Backup

In the iCloud menu, make sure the ‘Back Up This [Device]’ option is turned on. This step is critical to initiate the backup process​​.

4. Start the Backup

Connect your device to a power source and ensure the device’s screen is locked. Your iPhone will automatically start backing up to iCloud.

What Gets Backed Up?

iCloud backups include various data types, such as photos, videos, app data, and settings. iCloud also keeps your information like iCloud Photos, iCloud Drive, or Notes synced and up-to-date across all your devices​​.

Managing iCloud Backups

Viewing and Deleting Backups

You can view and manage your iCloud backups by navigating to ‘Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups’. Here, you can see all your backups and delete old or unnecessary ones to free up space.

Freeing Up iCloud Storage

If you run out of the free 5GB storage, you can delete old backups or unnecessary data. Alternatively, you can upgrade your iCloud storage plan to accommodate more backups.

Manual vs. Automatic Backups

While iCloud usually backs up your iPhone automatically when connected to Wi-Fi and power, you can also perform a manual backup anytime by selecting ‘Back Up Now’ in the iCloud Backup settings​​.


Backing up your iPhone to iCloud is an essential step in safeguarding your data. It’s a simple process that provides peace of mind, knowing that your data is securely stored and easily accessible whenever needed. Regular backups ensure that your personal data remains safe and recoverable, no matter what happens to your device.

Eric Chan

Hi! I’m Eric and I work on the knowledge base at GadgetMates.com.  You can see some of my writings about technology, cellphone repair, and computer repair here.

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