How to manually start an iCloud backup

Running iOS 5 and iCloud and wondering how you can manually trigger a backup? iCloud will automatically backup at some point during the day when you're on Wi-Fi, but if you need to replace or restore your phone, or you know you'll be leaving for a while and want to make sure the backup is done before you go, you do have that option.

Here's what to do:

  1. First tap into your Settings app and tap into iCloud.
  2. On this screen you'll see a list of all the services you are syncing with iCloud.
  3. Scroll down a bit further and you'll see a button labeled Storage & Backup. Tap it.
  4. Scroll all the way down to the Backup sections and you will see a button labeled Back Up Now. Tap it to start creating an iCloud backup.
  5. iCloud will begin creating a backup for you. It can do this in the background so you can continue using your device like normal while the process completes.

iCloud will create backups for you regularly but it will only perform a backup when you are connected to Wifi and plugged in to a charging outlet. So as a note to users on tiered data plans, if you need to create an iCloud backup manually at least make sure you are on Wifi if at all possible. If you have any other questions about iCloud backups or anything iOS in general, check out our TiPb forums for all questions related to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch!

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This may be a basic question easilly answered but I have not read up on iCloud yet. What is included in the iCloud backup? If I have a 64 Gig unit and between Apps, Photos, Songs an Music 35 Gig is full will everything goto the iCloud backup, and what happens if the backup space required is more than I have chosen to pay for in additional space?

Here's the list from Apple's support document at http://support.apple.com/kb/PH2584 :
(*) Purchased music and TV shows (U.S. only)
(*) Purchased apps and books
Photos and videos in your Camera Roll
Device settings
App data
Home screen and app organization
iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages
Ringtones
(*) Note that purchased music, tv shows, apps and books aren't really backed up. Since they are already stored on iTunes, when you do a restore it just grabs them from there. As such they aren't included in your iCloud storage and don't need to be uploaded.
Any non-purchased media you sync from a PC/Mac isn't backed up. That includes Photos (in synced albums), music (**), movies, podcasts, etc. See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4859
(**) - iTunes Match will upload your music, if Apple can't identify it, but that's done on a PC/Mac, not on the iOS device itself.

Thanks, I guess the purchased items not being backed up makes sense, I am surprised about the non-iTunes purchases not being backed up as it is assumed you would be backing this up via an alternate method.

Well, it's not that surprising. To get non-iTunes purchased items onto an iPhone/iPad requires a transfer using iTunes so there will be a local backup (on the computer).

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sorry, but currently I do not see the option "back up now", should I activate somewhere else? maybe in iTunes. the iCloud backup option is off on my iPhone and would like to keep it off...

sorry, but currently I do not see the option "back up now", should I activate somewhere else? maybe in iTunes. the iCloud backup option is off on my iPhone and would like to keep it off...

How do you get iCloud to actually work instead of throwing the "Not Enough Storage" error when you're only trying to back up app settings?

How do you get iCloud to actually work instead of throwing the "Not Enough Storage" error when you're only trying to back up app settings?

I downloaded I cloud on my mac, synced my I phone and it Deleted all of my apps and music off my phone. How do I get it all back??

I downloaded I cloud on my mac, synced my I phone and it Deleted all of my apps and music off my phone. How do I get it all back??

According to iCloud, I've used about 200MB out of my 5GB allocation. As for apps, there shouldn't be enough to make a huge impact unless they actually back up the complete size of the app itself. But that would be pretty bad design on their part...

I actually finally found the issue. I decided to dig around in the menus for the specific back up, well at the time the place holder for the back up, for my device. I have the VLC app installed and it looks like VLC was registering all of the videos loaded on my iTouch as "app data" in addition to the ones loaded specifically into VLC. I disabled the backup for VLC and now it's working.

The restoration from iCloud has taken about 2 hours so far and I still have about 450 pictures left. I am leaving the area where it is connected to WIFI... Can I pick back up when I'm back on a WIFI network or do I have to start all over?

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