How to start an iCloud backup

iCloud automatically backs up your device whenever it's plugged in and connected to a Wi-Fi network. There may be some instances where you will want to create a current backup, and this video shows you how.

Normally, iCloud will automatically back up your device whenever it is connected to a Wi-Fi network, the screen is locked, and the device is connected to a charger.

However, manually starting an iCloud backup will come in handy down the road when an iOS update is released, or when you are switching devices. It's always a great idea to have the latest backup of your information beforehand should anything go wrong during the process.

To start an iCloud backup on iOS 5, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Select iCloud
  3. Select Storage & Backup
  4. Select Back Up Now

Make sure your device is plugged into a power source before you begin the backup.The backup process should take no more than 10 minutes, depending on your connection speed.

About the author

Jason Cipriani has been covering mobile technology news for over five years. His work spans from CNET How To and software review sections to WIRED’s Gadget Lab and Fortune.com.

 

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