iCloud is one of the best things Apple has come out with. You can backup iPhone data to iCloud and feel safest about your iPhone data. A lot of people have already spoken quite a lot of positives about iCloud. One of the best things is, you do not have to connect your iPhone to any device – as is the case with iTunes backup. Also, with iClouds as your default data backup facility, you can easily download all the data on any of your other iDevice that has iOS 5 running on it.
If you have been wondering how to back up your iPhone to iCloud, here are the steps you should follow:
1. In the default installation of iOS 5, you will be asked to choose the back up facility. If you had already chosen iCloud then proceed with the next step. Otherwise, if you had selected iTunes, you would have to change that setting and enable iCloud backup. Here’s how to do it:
Open the Settings app on the iPhone or iDevice that is running iOS 5.
Choose iCloud from the list.
At the bottom of the page, you’ll find Storage & Backup option. Click on that.
That will open another page, and on the bottom of it, you’ll find iCloud Backup set to off. Slide it to ON. This is as far as enabling iCloud Backup gets.
2. Backup iPhone Data to iCloud
All you need to do now is get further down on the same page (Settings -> iCloud -> Storage & Backup).
You will find the option where it says Back Up Now (and right below you can find when the last time your iPhone was backed up). Tap Back Up now and that will backup iPhone data to iCloud. This is as simple as it gets, right?
There are quite a lot of advantages and benefits to enabling iCloud backup. If you backup your iPhone to iCloud, you would not have to worry about waiting till the sync is done – unlike iTunes where you’d need to wait. iCloud gives you a lot of freedom. And what’s more, it’s direct to the Apple servers which means your data is as safe as it can get.
Also, backing up to iCloud lets you access the files from any other device, without the need for iTunes. Finally, iTunes can be made to do what it was supposed to in the first place – music, and of course, for the moment apps and games.
Amongst Apple’s latest offering, iCloud, iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S, iCloud is seen as a ground-breaking thing for Apple users. People with multiple devices from Apple would find iCloud very much useful.
Also, for now, you can even enable iCloud backup via iTunes: Connect your device to iTunes, choose the device on the left-tab and go to summary page. Choose the “Back up to iCloud” option and you’re done.