Apple iCloud and what you can back up with it.

It turns out that one in three of our customers that take advantage of our repairs services for Apple Macs, who claim that they have everything backed up “somewhere in the cloud”, have actually backed up nothing. They have heard that there are some magical “clouds” and they keep their data, but they certainly overestimate technology assigning artificial intelligence to their computers and mobile devices. You will need to set up your backup before your computer will actually do it. Here we are going to explain how to actually backup your device.

How to check whether your computer is backed up?

Simple way №1: Have you set up the backup? No? – The chances are that your computer is not backed up.

Simple way №2: Do you pay for your iCloud storage? No? – The chances are that your computer is not backed up.

Or you can do the following:

On your Apple iPhone or Apple iPad go to:

(in iOS 8 or later) Settings > iCloud > Backup

(in iOS 7 or earlier)Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup

 

On your Apple MacBook, Apple iMac, or Apple Mac Pro/Mini go to:

Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud

 

How to Set up your iCloud Backup.

On your mobile device, after completing the previous step, simply tap the switch. It will turn to green – your backup is set! You can tap Back Up Now to complete backup immediately. Make sure you are connected to the Internet all this time.

On your Apple MacBook, iMac, or Mac Pro complete previous step. Then sign in into your iCloud (or create an iCloud account first). On the next page select what you want to back up and click Next – that’s it! Done! You may click Manage to proceed to immediate backup or close the System Preferences window.

 

What does Apple iCloud actually Back Up

You have probably noticed that not exactly everything is being backed up.

Here’s what Apple iCloud backs up:

  • Purchase history.
  • Photos and videos
  • Device settings
  • App data
  • Home screen and app organization
  • Messages
  • Ringtones
  • Visual Voicemail password
  • Health data
  • HomeKit configuration

That is everything that you will need on your mobile device. However, it may not be enough for your Mac computer. In the case of failure, you will be able to recover applications purchased from the App Store, but not the software that you have installed from different sources. Adobe Creative Suite? Microsoft Office? – you will need to reinstall those manually. You must also make sure that you back up your Documents folder, otherwise, you may lose some your Microsoft Outlook emails and archives. Do you have software built for you on your computer? – you must find another way to back it up.

Apple provide only 5GB of storage for your backups for free. Again, that might be just enough for your phone. However, bigger devices may require significantly more space. iCloud pricing information may be found here.