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How to back up an iPhone to iCloud

Knowing how to back up iPhone to iCloud and how to access and manage iCloud backups gives you a better experience with your iPhone life. Let's explore in this post!

William Davis Updated on Aug 21, 2023 2:46 PM

There are many reasons for you to have your iPhone backed up, as there are many advantages to do so. You can free up the storage space on your iPhone by backing up some of the data to iCloud. Or perhaps you just want to back up iPhone to prevent yourself from losing the data when you lose your iPhone or delete something by accident. No matter what the real reason is, one thing for sure is that backing up an iPhone to iCloud is so beneficial that it is worth knowing how to do it.

If you'd like to follow along step by step, watch the video below: How to backup iPhone to iCloud.

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How to Back Up an iPhone to iCloud?

Back Up an iPhone Now

Since iCloud is so useful and practical that it is of great convenience for you to back up an iPhone to iCloud. If you back up data on your iPhone to iCloud, you will seldom or never be bothered with data loss. You may want to try to do it with the following steps:

Step 1: Make sure your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network. The higher the Wi-Fi network speed is, the faster the process of backing up is.

Step 2: Open Settings on your iPhone.

Step 3: Tap [Your Name] > iCloud.

Step 4: Turn on iCloud Backup > Back Up Now.

Then you are able to back up app's data on your iPhone to iCloud. And you are supposed to pay attention to the following tips, as well.

  • If you want to know the time of your latest successful backup, you will find out the message under Back Up Now.
  • If you don't need to have an app's data backed up, you just tap the app on Apps Using iCloud and turn it off.

Back Up an iPhone Automatically

If you want your iPhone can be backed up automatically, then after you are sure iCloud Backup has been turned on, you need to:

1. Make sure your iPhone is connected to power source.

2. Make sure your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

3. Lock iPhone's screen.

If iCloud storage space is insufficient, you may fail in backing up your iPhone to iCloud. In that case, you can upgrade your iCloud storage.

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How to View and Manage iCloud Backups?

Since you have backed up what you want to keep to iCloud, you may want to view and manage backups. In the following contents, two methods of that are provided with you.

Method 1: Manage Backups on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Methods' steps of viewing and managing backups depend on which system version your device is using.

If your device is equipped with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, or a later system version, then you need to go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup.

If your device runs iOS 15, iPadOS 15 or an earlier system version, then you need to open Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups.

Then the list of devices which are using iCloud Backup will be shown. You can tap any device to Delete & Turn Off Backup (or Delete Backup) to manage it.

Method 2: Manage Backups on Computers

Except for the above method, your backups are available on your computers, as well.

For Mac users:

If you are a macOS Ventura user, you need to click Apple Menu > System Settings, then at the top of the sidebar, click [Your Name] > click iCloud on the right > Manage > Backups.

If your Mac is equipped with a macOS 12 or an earlier system version, then you need to click Apple Menu> System Preferences > Apple ID > iCloud > Manage > Backups.

As you are capable of viewing your devices with iCloud Backup turning on after that, you can delete any device by clicking Delete or "—".

For Windows users:

If you are a Windows user, you are expected to download and then open iCloud on your computer first. Here are different methods of opening iCloud on computer with different Windows systems:

  • Windows 10: Click Start menu > iCloud.
  • Windows 8.1: Click Start Screen and the down arrow in the lower-left corner > iCloud feature.
  • Windows 8: Click Start Screen > iCloud tile.
  • Windows 7: Click Start menu > All Programs > iCloud.

Click Storage after opening iCloud on your computer. Next, click Backup on the left side, and then all your devices that have turned on iCloud Backups are visible on the right side. Therefore, you can delete a backup by choosing the name of the device and clicking Delete.


Does iCloud automatically back up?

As long as you turn iCloud Backup on, iCloud backs up automatically. You need to go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud, and tap to enable iCloud Backup. Ever since then, your iPhone will be backed up automatically when it is connected to enough power and good Wi-Fi Network, its screen is locked, and there is enough storage space on iCloud.

How do I know if my iPhone is backed up?

To check whether your iPhone is backed up or not, you only need to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > Manage Account Storage > Backups, and a list of devices which has been backed up to iCloud will be shown. Hence, you can check whether you iPhone is on the list.

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