What iCloud Backs Up

You must have some important information on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, like contracts, notes, messages, photos and so on. iCloud, which is a cloud storage, it automatically backs up your device over Wi-Fi every day while it’s turned on, locked, and connected to a power source. With the backed up information in iCloud, you can easily transfer media files and app data to any device, or restore the important information on one you already have.


Here’s what iCloud exactly backs up:

  • Purchased music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books

Pay attention, your iCloud backup only includes the information about the content you have purchased, but not the purchased content itself. For example, When you restore from an iCloud backup, your purchased content is automatically downloaded from the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBookstore based on iTunes. And previous purchases may be unavailable if they have been refunded or are no longer available in the store.

  • Photos and videos in your Camera Roll
  • Device settings
  • App data
  • Home screen and app organization
  • iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages
  • Ringtones
  • Visual Voicemail

Your iOS device backup only includes data and settings stored on your device. It doesn’t include data already stored in iCloud, for example contacts, calendars, bookmarks, mail messages, notes, shared photo streams, and documents you save in iCloud using iOS apps and Mac apps.

Learn how to back up your iPhone using iCloud.

Source: Apple

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