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How to Back Up Your iOS Device with iCloud | Mac|Life

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How to Back Up Your iOS Device with iCloud

Posted 11/10/2011 at 7:57am | by Cory Bohon
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What's that? You don't know what to do with all of those gigabytes that Apple gives you? Sure, it's only 5GB of free space (Although who are we kidding? We go nuts over 2GB!) But the iCloud back up service makes it so that you don’t have to connect your device to iTunes in order to keep things synced. We’ll show you how easy it can be to live cord-free with iOS 5.

After signing into your iCloud account, navigate to System Preferences > iCloud > Storage & Backup. Once there, locate the iCloud Backup switch and move it from OFF to ON.

You’ll get a dialog that lets you know your iPad will no longer back up to your computer automatically when you sync your music, videos, etc. Select the OK button to have your iPad turn on iCloud Backup.

iCloud Backup will automatically back up your camera roll, accounts, documents, and settings when the iPad is plugged in, locked, and connected to Wi-Fi. To create your first backup, select the “Back Up Now” button. This process may take a while depending on the amount of storage you have used on your device.

iCloud will backup the following: 
- Purchased music, apps, and books

- Photos and video in the camera roll

- Device settings

- App data

- Home screen and app organization

- SMS and MMS messages

- Ringtones

You can purchase additional storage for the following upgrade prices:

- 10 GBs for $20.00 / year

- 20 GBs for $40.00 / year

- 50 GBs for $100.00 / year

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