How to Turn On iCloud Backup on iPhone or iPad


If you’re like most people you’ve probably got a lot of important information stored in apps on your iPhone or iPad, such as notes, pictures, passwords and other info. As a result, you’ll want to make sure you back up this information so if something happens to your iPhone or iPad you can restore your data to a new device without losing anything.

Some of the images associated with the steps are included inline below. All images associated with these steps can be seen in the embedded YouTube video. Also, please note that you’re not able to leave a comment directly on this article. If you have a question or feedback, please leave it on the YouTube video.

YouTube player

Steps to Turn On iCloud Backup on iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the “Settings” app, and then tap your name at the top of the menu.
Launch the Settings app, and then tap your name at the top of the menu.

  1. Tap “iCloud.”
Tap iCloud.

  1. Tap “Manage Storage.”
Tap Manage Storage.

  1. Tap “iCloud Backup.”
Tap iCloud Backup.

  1. Tap to toggle on “iCloud Backup.”
Tap to toggle on iCloud Backup.

  1. Tap “Back Up Now.”
Tap Back Up Now.

You may see a prompt that not all of your app data is backed up. You can choose to review what’s not backed up in your iCloud settings or continue with creating a backup. In this example I’ll tap “Continue.”

Tap Continue if you see a warning that some app data may not be backed up.

The progress of the iCloud backup will be displayed. When the iCloud backup of your iPhone or iPad is complete you’ll be returned to the Info screen where you’ll see your backup displayed.

When the iCloud backup of your iPhone or iPad is complete you'll be returned to the Info screen where you'll see your backup displayed.

Reasons to Turn On iCloud Backup on iPhone or iPad

1. Data Protection

Data Protection is a key selling point of iCloud Backup. Accidents can occur at any time, leading to device loss, theft, or damage. Your iPad or iPhone contains precious memories and vital data that you don’t want to lose. By enabling iCloud Backup, you’re safeguarding your information. It stores a copy of your device’s data in the cloud. If something unfortunate happens, you can retrieve your backed-up data.

2. Convenience

The convenience of iCloud Backup is remarkable. It operates automatically under certain conditions. When your device connects to Wi-Fi, is on a power source, and locked, iCloud springs into action. The backup process starts without any manual intervention. This automatic feature saves you time and effort. Your data is always current in the cloud, reflecting the most recent changes on your device.

3. Device Sync

iCloud Backup enhances the synergy between your Apple devices. With it enabled, all your devices stay synchronized. Contacts, notes, photos, and other vital data are consistently updated across all platforms. This ensures a seamless transition between your iPhone and iPad, enhancing productivity and user experience. It provides a unified and coherent Apple ecosystem, making life easier.

4. Restoring Data on New Devices

Acquiring a new Apple device is an exciting experience. Backing up your iPhone or iPad data to iCloud aids in this transition by simplifying the data restoration process. All your apps, data, and settings from your old device can be restored onto the new one with ease. The familiarity of your old device comes alive in your new purchase. The transition becomes smooth and enjoyable, thanks to iCloud Backup.

5. Storage Management

Efficient Storage Management is another advantage of iCloud Backup. Backups occupy storage space. Manually managing these backups can be a tiresome affair. iCloud Backup offers a solution by automatically managing the backups. It ensures that the most recent backups are always available. Outdated backups are pruned as necessary, providing space for newer ones.

6. Archiving Data

Backing up your iPhone or iPad data to iCloud provides an excellent archiving solution. Some data may not be in regular use but holds sentimental or informational value. Archiving this data in iCloud Backup ensures its safety. It’s always there, safely tucked away, ready to be accessed whenever needed. Your device remains clutter-free while you maintain access to your cherished data.

7. App Data Backup

The importance of App Data Backup cannot be understated. Backing up your iPhone or iPad data to iCloud saves data from your installed apps. This includes user settings, game progress, and other relevant data. It’s a useful feature for users who value their in-app progress or personalized settings. This ensures that you never lose your game progress or preferred app configurations.

8. End-to-End Encryption

Backing up your iPhone or iPad data to iCloud provides robust security through End-to-End Encryption. Your data’s security is crucial. iCloud understands this, encrypting your data during transit and when stored on servers. This method secures your information from unauthorized access. You can rest easy knowing your data is safely encrypted with iCloud Backup.

All Tutorial Categories

About Max

Max has nearly 20 years of experience working in IT across three different industries in project management and management capacities: publishing, telecommunications and healthcare. He holds the following degrees and certifications: BS Communications, MA Communications, MBA and Project Management Professional (PMP). His tutorial-focused YouTube channel earned more than 100,000 subscribers in its first four years, and currently has more than 160,000 subscribers, 110,000,000 video views and an insane 2.4 million hours of watch time. Max enjoys learning new technology, reading and collecting comic books, listening to audiobooks and playing video games.

This article contains affiliate links, which means that if you click one of the product links I may receive a small commission. This helps support my content, and enables me to continue creating content like this. Thank you for the support!