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How to Back Up and Restore Your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Using iCloud

You may usually use iTunes to back up most data on our iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, this can also be done by using iCloud. Here we will show how to back up and restore the content on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch using iCloud.

What is iCloud?

iCloud is a cloud storage, which allows users to store data such as music and iOS applications and it also works as a data syncing center for email, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, notes, reminders (to-do lists), iWork documents, photos and other data. You can access the content from whatever device you’re on.

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It also allows users to wirelessly back up their iOS devices to iCloud instead of manually doing so using iTunes.

How to Back Up using iCloud

If you have enabled iCloud Backup on your iOS devices using iOS 5 or later, iCloud will backs up the most important data automatically. You can find the switch on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in Settings > iCloud > Backup & Storage, it runs on a daily basis as long as your device is over Wi-Fi, locked, and connected to a power source.

You can also back up manually whenever your device is connected to the Internet over Wi-Fi by choosing Back Up Now from Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.

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How to restore from a backup

First, you can learn more about what iCloud backs up.

  1. Follow the initial steps in the iOS Setup Assistant (select your language, and so on).
  2. Select Restore from iCloud Backup when the assistant asks you to set up your iPhone (or other iOS device).
  3. Select the backup you created earlier.

If you’ve already set up your device, you should erase all current content first. Tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Do this only if you already have a backup, because this step will remove all current content from your device.

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Note: It’s better to connect your device to a power source until the restore is complete. And make sure this computer has the latest version of iTunes.

Learn how to back up your device with iTunes.

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