iCloud is Apple's umbrella term for any cloud sync feature. Basically, anything that is backed up or synced to Apple's servers is considered part of iCloud. Curious what that is exactly? Let's break it down.
What is iCloud?
iCloud is Apple's name for all of its cloud-based services. It ranges from iCloud emails, calendars, Find My iPhone to iCloud Photos and Apple Music Library (not to mention device backups).
Visit iCloud.com on your device and sign in with your Apple account to have all your cloud-synced data in one place.
The purpose of iCloud is to securely store data and important information on Apple's remote servers (unlike your iPhone or iPad). This way all your information is stored in a safe location and synchronized between all your devices.
Having a backup of your information in the cloud has two advantages. If you ever lose your Apple device, your information (ranging from contacts to photos) will be stored in iCloud. Then you can go to iCloud.com to get this data or sign in with your Apple ID to automatically restore all this data on your new Apple device.
The second advantage is seamless and almost invisible. It may be something you already take for granted. It is iCloud that you sync appointments in Notes and Calendar between your iPhone, iPad and Mac. It does this for many standard Apple apps and even third party apps that you have connected to iCloud.
Now that we have a clear understanding of iCloud, let's see what it backs up.
What does iCloud Backup do?
Here's everything iCloud can backup and sync to its servers from your iPhone, iPad or Mac:
- Contacts: If you use your iCloud account as your default contact book account, it will sync all your contacts with iCloud servers.
- Calendar: All calendar events created with your iCloud account are backed up to iCloud servers.
- Notes: All notes and attachments in the Apple Notes app across all your devices are synced and stored in iCloud. You can also access them via iCloud.com.
- iWork Apps: All the data you have in the Pages, Keynote and Numbers app is uploaded and stored in iCloud, meaning all your documents are safe even if you lose your iPhone or iPad .
- Photos: If you enabled the iCloud Photos feature from Settings> Photos, all photos from your camera roll will be uploaded and backed up to iCloud (given you have enough storage space). You can download these photos from iCloud.com.
- Music: If you have Apple Music Library enabled, your local music collection will be synced and uploaded to iCloud servers, and available on all devices.
- iCloud Drive: All files and folders stored in iCloud Drive are automatically synchronized with iCloud servers. Even if you lose your iPhone or iPad, these files are safe (just make sure the files are not saved in the On my iPhone or On my iPad section in the Files app).
- App Data : When enabled, Apple backs up app data for the specific app. Restoring your iPhone or iPad from an iCloud backup will restore the app and app data.
- Device and Device Settings: If you have enabled iCloud Backup (Settings> Profile> iCloud> iCloud Backup), all the essential data of your device such as linked accounts, home screen configuration, device settings, iMessage and more, are uploaded to iCloud. All this data can be downloaded again when you restore your iPhone or iPad with iCloud.
- Purchase History: iCloud also keeps track of all your purchases in the App Store and iTunes Store, so you can go back anytime and download an app, book, movie, music or TV show again.
- Apple Watch Backups: If you have enabled iCloud Backup for your iPhone, your Apple Watch will also be backed up automatically.
- Messages: iCloud backs up the content in the Messages app, including iMessage, SMS and MMS messages.
- Visual Voicemail Password: iCloud backs up the Visual Voicemail password that you can recover after inserting the same SIM card that was used during the backup process.
- Voice Memos: All recordings from the Voice Memos app can also be backed up to iCloud.
- Bookmarks: All bookmarks in Safari are supported up to iCloud and synchronized across all your devices.
- Healing Data: Apple now also securely backs up all health data on your iPhone. This means that even if you lose an iPhone, you won't lose years of health data like workouts and body measurements.
This is all iCloud can backup, but the specific setting of your iCloud account will be different. To see everything your iCloud account backs up, open the & # 39; Settings & # 39; on your iPhone or iPad, select your profile at the top of the list and go to the & # 39; iCloud & # 39; section.
Scroll around here to see all the features that are enabled (such as iCloud Photos and iCloud backup for the devices). You can also enable or disable app data backup for certain apps from here.
If iCloud runs out of storage, go to the "Manage Storage" section in iCloud. Here you can upgrade to a monthly subscription with more storage space. You can buy 50 GB for $ 0.99 / month, 200 GB for $ 2.99 / month and 2 TB for $ 9.99 / month.
You can also try these tips to free up iCloud storage space.
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