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Backing Up with iCloud

Another useful feature of iOS 7 is the capability to create a backup of your iOS device wirelessly, and have the related backup files stored online (“in the cloud”). Using this iCloud Backup feature, your iOS device can be connected to any Wi-Fi Internet connection. Your primary computer is not needed. Thus, the backup can be created from anywhere, and you can later restore your device from anywhere a Wi-Fi Internet connection is present.

When activated, your iOS device automatically creates a backup to iCloud once per day. For this to happen, your iPhone or iPad also must be connected to an external power source. However, at any time, you can manually create a backup of your device to iCloud from within Settings. This can be done when your device is running on battery.

Follow these steps to activate and use the iCloud Backup feature on an iPhone or iPad:

  1. Connect your device to the Internet via a Wi-Fi connection.
  2. From the Home screen, launch Settings.
  3. Tap on the iCloud option.
  4. Tap on the Storage & Backup option that’s located near the bottom of the iCloud menu.
  5. About halfway down on the Storage & Backup screen, tap on the virtual switch that’s associated with the iCloud Backup option.
  6. A new Back Up Now option appears near the bottom of the Storage & Backup screen (as shown in Figure 4.7). Tap on it to begin creating a backup of your iOS device. The backup file is stored on iCloud.

    Figure 4.7

    FIGURE 4.7 Manage and launch the iCloud Backup feature from the Storage & Backup screen, accessible from within the Settings app.

The purpose of creating and maintaining a backup of your device is so that you have a copy of all your apps, data, files, content, and personalized settings stored if something goes wrong with your device. If and when you need to access the backup to restore your device using iCloud, when prompted, choose the Restore from iCloud option.

Likewise, if your iPhone or iPad gets lost or stolen and is ultimately replaced, you can restore the content from your old device onto the new one.

iTunes Sync Is also a Viable Backup Option

When it comes to syncing data between your primary computer(s) and other iOS mobile device(s), as well as maintaining a backup of your iPhone or iPad, this can be done by connecting your iOS mobile device(s) directly to your primary computer via the supplied USB cable, and then by using the iTunes Sync process.

Because iOS 7 is fully integrated with iCloud, maintaining a backup of your device and syncing app-specific data, as well as transferring data, files, photos, and content between your Mac(s), PC(s), and other iOS mobile device(s) can now be done much more easily using iCloud. When you use iCloud Backup, your iPhone or iPad’s backup files are stored online “in the cloud,” not on your primary computer’s hard drive. Because this is the more popular way to back up and sync data, it’s the approach we focus on within this book.

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