iOS: iCloud Backup on Demand

Apple made it easy to use iCloud to backup the data and settings on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and the process is automatic so you don't have to remember to start the backup process yourself. But what if you need a backup to happen right now? No problem. It's easy, and we'll show you how.

First, you need to make sure iCloud Backup is turned on:

  • Tap Settings, then tap iCloud.
  • Now tap Storage & Backup.
  • iCloud Backup should be set to ON.

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iCloud Backup starts automatically once a day when your iOS device is connected to a power supply and has an Internet connection. To force a backup to happen at other times, look just below the iCloud Backup On/Off toggle for a button that says Back Up Now. Just tap that and your iOS device will dutifully start backing up your important documents, photos, and settings to iCloud.

This is especially handy if you're planning on installing a big system update or setting up a replacement iOS device. Instead of restoring data that could be up to a day old, you'll have a backup that's only minutes old.