How and why to backup an iPhone to the iCloud

Why Back Up?

We see people’s phone at the most terrible time usually:

  • After a drop.  This is usually not that bad and the screen can be replaced easily.  But having unbacked up data on the phone can be a cause of distress.  Sometimes during a drop, and we see phones that have been run over, left on car roofs, dropped from balconies, chewed up by the family dog, etc etc.  The bottom line is we always hope that its just the screen, but often other components are damaged as well.
  • After water damage.  In this situation you have to bring us the phone AS SOON AS IT HAPPENS.  Leaving it, putting it in rice, blowing hot air on it – will all do NOTHING.  Putting it in rice is a fallacy.  It doesn’t work.  If you have unbacked up data and we cant get the phone going, you may loose your data. That is why it is critical that you BACK UP.
  • After an update.  Unfortunately, Apple phones have a tendency to show a board level failure after an update.  What this will look like is the phone going into a “boot loop” – booting over and over and never getting past the apple symbol.  This can sometimes be fixed, but again, if you have unbacked up data, it is not looking good when this happens.
  • After logic board problem occurs.  Many things can go wrong with an electronic device and this is unpredictable.  We see iphone 5’s that are still going strong after many years, and then we see iphone 11’s that are 3 months old and are swelling batteries which generally means there is a logic board problem, and we would recommend you try for warranty in this case.  If your phone has to go to Apple for warranty, they will wipe your data or simply replace your phone, which means your data is gone if it is not backed up.

So the bottom line is, lots of things happen to phones.  People take precious photos and if you aren’t backing up, the only place they are store is on your phone.  So if something happens to your phone, and its irreparable, you loose your data. SO BACK UP.

I will give you the instructions for backing up soon.  Firstly I want to address space on the cloud.  People are always saying to me that they cant back up there photos to the cloud because there is not enough space.  BUY SOME!  It is crazy to me, talking pre-covid, people would go on $20,000 trips to foreign countries and take once in a life time photos.  Then balk at spending a couple of dollars a month on space on the iCloud.  Don’t get me wrong I am not trying to sell Apple iCloud space but really, it makes no sense.  People will learn how to do all sorts of things, but when it comes to backing up there phone its like it rocket science, it isn’t. Its easy. Please, do it.  I have people ringing me up crying because they have lost all their baby photos, or photos of there kids at different milestones, photos of people who have past on, its heartbreaking, and we feel for each of them and do our best to recover the data, but unfortunately the data cannot always be recovered.  This is very sad sometime when this is the case.

The other thing I want to touch on is the price of data recovery.  Best case scenario we can get it for about $200.  Worst case scenario is forensic data recovery and this costs $650.  People are will to pay.  But the shame of it is that at $2 a month for extra icloud storage this could get you 100 to 350 months extra storage?  Get it? 

The other thing I hear all the time is “ I don’t have an iCloud”  – my answer is YES YOU DO!  When you set up your phone or iPad your are asked for a username and password.  This information is basically all you need to start backing up.  You will be surprised how easy it is.

Automatically back up with iCloud Backup

To let iCloud automatically back up your device each day, here’s what you need to do:

  • Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on in Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup.
  • Connect your device to a power source.
  • Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Make sure that your device’s screen is locked.
  • Check that you have enough available space in iCloud for the backup. When you sign in to iCloud, you get 5GB of iCloud storage for free. If you need more iCloud storage, you can buy more from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. You get 5GB of space when you sign up for free. People generally need more than this to be able to backup all photos and contacts.  Prices are as follows for Australia
  • Australia3 (AUD) per month
    50GB: $1.49
    200GB: $4.49
    2TB: $14.99

Its easy and its cheap.  Consider the alternatives.  Wouldn’t you rather have your data safe and secure.  Things happen to phones, so please back it up.  You can put all your apple devices on the one cloud and just pay the once subscriptions.  Considering that if you have to pay for one data recover this amount would pay for over 30 years of space on the iCloud.  Doesn’t this put it in perspective.  Please do it.  We love seeing our customers come back and see us, but we would prefer never to have to do another data recovery. 

In the next tech tip I am going to ask you to back up your phone, reset it, and restore the backup.  Why?  Because then you will have faith in the iCloud and know your data is up there.

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