How to Setup Automatic iCloud Backups for Your iOS Device

Posted in How To, iOS on 27/01/2017 by Chris Hauk


There is just no way to overstate the importance of backing up your iOS device. If your iPad or iPhone for any reason ever dies or needs to be reset, you’ll want to have a recent and complete backup. Luckily, it doesn’t take much effort on your part to ensure your iOS device is backing itself up on a regular basis.

How to Setup Automatic iCloud Backups for Your iOS Device

How to Backup Your iOS Device Automatically to iCloud

  1. Make sure your iOS device is connected to your local Wi-Fi network.
  2. Open the Settings app, and go to “iCloud” -> “Backup”
  3. Tap the “iCloud Backup” toggle switch to turn it ON. (The switch will turn green, as seen in the screenshots above.)
  4. While you’re here, Go ahead and tap the “Back Up Now” link to immediately start a backup. Be sure to stay connected to Wi-Fi until it is finished.

If you’re the type who doesn’t like to leave anything to chance, verify that your iOS device is backing itself up by opening the Settings app and go to “Storage & iCloud Usage.” Under the ‘ICLOUD” section tap “Manage Storage” and then tap the name of the device you are backing up. You should now see the details of your last successful backup, including when it was completed, and the backup size. While you’re here, you can also control what app data the backups will save.

How to Setup Automatic iCloud Backups for Your iOS Device

If you have an iOS device with a large amount of storage, you might need to buy some extra iCloud storage from Apple, but luckily, it’s fairly cheap to do so.

Each night, make sure your iOS device is plugged into a charger, is locked, and is connected to Wi-Fi. Your device will back itself up automatically each night. Easy-Peasy, right? You’ll appreciate this advice when you need it, and odds are you WILL need it.

  • Brian

    I value privacy too highly to do ANYTHING with iCloud or iCloud Drive.

    • STL

      I hope you don’t do anything google then cause you’ve given away all your privacy dealing with google


    So when I toggle it on – it pops up and says I will no longer back up to my computer when connected to iTunes. Which one do I want, and I had no clue I was backing up to my computer – is it automatic or is it only when I say to back it up.


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.