Manual backup to iCloud?

When doing a manual back up from iPhone to iCloud:

1. Always use WiFi?
2. Always connect to a power source -- either computer or electric outlet?
3. Always lock screen?

Is the answer "Yes" to all three?

My thanks.....


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Pretty true but not exactly the same

It isn't like u must have WiFi while sync your devices. Synchronizing using WiFi is good, but cell phones can easily work on 3G.

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(NT) Or even directly connected to your computer
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Please, please be more specific

mrmacfixit and shoopt -- Re manual back up to iCloud from iPhone

Your answers to #1 -- better to use WiFi, but not necessary? (I will use WiFi)

What about #2 ? -- do I also need to be plugged to computer or electric outlet if use WiFi to back up?

And #3? -- lock screen or not?

Thank you both.....Miki

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#1. WiFi is fine but the transfer speed is relatively slow when compared with #2

#2. When directly connected to your computer, and therefore iTunes, your connection speed is the speed of USB 2.0, which is considerably faster than WiFi. You also have the added benefit of having the iDevice powered and not relying on its battery.

#3. Lock screen does not do anything for you in this situation.

Hope that helps


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Thank you mrmacfixit

Your answer to #2 is how I do my regular back ups -- I connect iPhone to computer, which brings up iTunes where I implement the backup; a record of the date of the back up is listed and the backup file goes to my Windows PC. No WiFi is used.

I thought backing up to iCloud was separate and superior to iTunes back ups. Are you saying that I can do my manual back up to iCloud using iTunes as I do with regular back ups when not using iCloud?

Appreciate your would be too confusing to tell you why I am so confused.....but it began at the Apple Store...... Happy


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That's exactly what I a saying.

Inside iTunes you get a choice of where the backup file goes to.

I believe the default is your local internal hard drive with an option to go to the iCloud, your choice.

The benefit of using the iCloud is that the backup file is not on your local machine so is safe from any form of failure on the part of your computer.


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Problem solved then

I now have a completely different thinking about iCloud if its main purpose is to keep the backup safe in the event my computer has a failure. I already keep three backups of my computer -- one that is set to weekly back up the entire system to external drive; one to which I back up my documents daily to another external drive; and one to which I back up my documents to a flash drive.

Thank you again as always.


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(NT) Welcome
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backup to iCloud

Indeed, iCloud provides easy way to backup iPhone.Go to Settings>iCloud and then scroll down to Backup.Here you can turn backups on and initiate a new backup immediately. If this is your first iCloud backup it might take a while to complete. Once the backup is complete, though, your iPhone will automatically backup when idle for an extended period of time and on an active wi-fi network. Of course, it is also simple to restore from iCloud after resetting your phone and choose "backup from iCloud".

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backup to iCloud

Or you can use 3rd party tool to help you backup iPhone to lCloud, which is easy-to-do and effective.

Note: Edited by a forum moderator to remove promotional links

Post was last edited on July 24, 2015 3:56 AM PDT

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Yes to Answer 1

My answer to your all three questions is yes to Q1. I always conntect to wifi when backing up to iCloud.

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