How to Back Up to iCloud on the iPhone 5

The usefulness of cloud storage shows itself in many ways, but perhaps one of the most helpful is through backup options.

While many backup solutions to the cloud either cost money or require a bit of work to accomplish, enabling backups in iCloud is both free (provided that the backup size is under 5 GB) and simple.

Create an iCloud Backup on the iPhone 5

This tutorial will assume that you have set up and are using iCloud with your Apple ID. If you have not already done so, check out this tutorial from Apple. Once you have configured iCloud on your iPhone 5 you can return here to initiate an iCloud backup from your iPhone 5.

*Note that you will need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network in order to back up to iCloud.*

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the settings menu

Step 2: Scroll down and select the iCloud option.

open the icloud menu

Step 3: Scroll down and select the Storage & Backup option.

select the storage and backup option

Step 4: Scroll down and tap the Back Up Now button. If the iCloud Backup option is not set to On, be sure to move the slider to the On position.

how to backup to icloud on the iphone 5

If this is your first iCloud backup it can take a substantial amount of time, depending upon the amount of data to back up. Subsequent backups will be faster, however, as only the new and updated data will need to be backed up.

Now that you know how to back up to iCloud on the iPhone 5 you will be able to use this backup option to create cloud versions of your information.

You can also use iCloud to store backups from your iPad. If you’ve been thinking about getting an iPad but aren’t sure which one to get, consider the iPad Mini. Many people prefer its’ more manageable size, as well as the more affordable price.

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