By Ivy twitter/ Last Updated July 7, 2021


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Essential to backup iPhone to iCloud

Nowdays, many users store their precious data (eg: picture, file, videos, etc) on the iPhone instead of computer, because it’s more convenient and easy to carry. But you cannot ignore the potential risks, your iPhone 7/8/X/XR/XS may be damaged, stolen, or encounter other unknown errors. Because they may result in data loss forever.

All in all, it’s essential to backup your iPhone to iCloud for data security. iCloud provide iPhone users 5GB space free of charge. Just backup your data and you can avoid all potential risks.

How to manually backup iPhone to iCloud?

iCloud is a free account tied to your Apple ID and backup your iPhone data on any device, such as, iPhone, Windows, Mac. All steps are very similar, just follow the steps below and use it as a reference. Here, I’ll directly backup data on iPhone app.

Let’s backup iPhone 8/X/XR/XS to iCloud now with the following steps:

Step 1. Unlock your iPhone and connect it to Wi-Fi.

Step 2. Go to “Settings” > “your iPhone name” > “iCloud” > “Backup” and turn on "iCloud Backup" in the next window, then click “Back Up Now” to start iCloud backup on iPhone.

Backup Iphone Icloud


  • If you want to check your backup, navigate to “Settings” > “iCloud” > “Storage” > “Manage Storage” and select your device. Then, you will see the latest backup.

  • If you want to automatically backup iPhone 7/8/X/XS/XR, you need to make sure that your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi, power source and locked. Also, enough space is required.

Does an iCloud backup save everything?

iCloud backup your precious pictures, videos, and audios, etc. But unfortunately it will not backup everything on your iPhone, including, purchased apps and music, synced mail, contacts, calendars and so on. And you can check the synced items through “Settings” and “Password & Accounts”.

Besides, your iCloud may say it can’t backup iPhone to iCloud, because there is not enough iCloud storage available. In this case, you can either pay $0.99/month for extra 50GB or use alternative ways.

Not Enough Storage Iphone Cannot Be Backed Up

How to backup iPhone without iCloud?

As you can see from above, iCloud does not backup everything and it’s limited to 5GB free space. And you can easily eat up 5GB space very quickly. So, you could consider replacing iCloud with iTunes, Mac Finder, or online backup service like Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox. Continue to see below and all detailed steps are in.

Method 1: Backup iPhone to cloud using iTunes

Step 1. Download the latest iTunes on your computer, install and launch it.

Step 2. Unlock your iPhone 7/8/XR/XS and connect it to your computer via USB port.

Step 3. Click on the iPhone icon at the upper left corner.

Step 4. Click “Summary” and select “This computer” under Automatically Back Up. Or you can click “Back Up Now” to manually Backup iPhone.

Backup Itunes

Note: If you want to check the backup file, go to iTunes menu, select “Preferences” and “Devices” tab, then you will see a list of backup created by iTunes.

Method 2: Backup iPhone to Cloud using Mac Finder

Step 1. Connect your iPhone 6S/7/8/XR/X to Mac.

Step 2. Select your device from the sidebar, click “Trust” at the right panel and type password to confirm. MacOS Catalina is required when you use the Finder to backup iPhone to Cloud.

Step 3. Click the “General” tab at the top, select “Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac”.

Backup Iphone Finder

Step 4. Click “Encrypt local backup”, type a password and verify, then click “Set Password”.

Step 5. Click “Back Up Now”.

Method 3: Backup iPhone to Google Drive instead of iCloud

Step 1. Download the latest version of Google Drive on your device and log in with your account.

Step 2. Click the 3 lines at the upper left, then tap on the “Settings” icon.

Step 3. Click the “Backup” link and “START BACKUP” to start the process.

Backup Iphone To Google Drive

Note: In addition to Google Drive, you can still use Google Cloud storage. It’s also an online storage that can backup your data, and it’s more professional.

One more thing: how to get unlimited space?

5GB iCloud storage is very limited for iPhone users and the space will run out in a very short time. So you need more space, preferably for free. I highly recommend you use reliable cloud backup & transfer service CBackup. It has a very useful feature called combine cloud storage, which can make full use of free space in the cloud disk.

Step 1. Download CBackup, create a CBackup account, and log in.

Step 2. Click My Storage on the left side, and click + Add Cloud button, then choose cloud storage and hit Add. Then follow the on-screen guide to allow CBackup to access your cloud storage.

Add Cloud

Step 3. After adding, all your cloud stroage accounts are listed here. Click the My Storage + button, you will see a New Combined Cloud option in the menu. Click it.

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Step 4. Tick the box next to the cloud storage account that you want to combine. After checking, click on Next.

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Step 5. Then, you will have a Combined Cloud in your clouds list. You can choose the Combined Cloud as backup destination to enjoy huge backup space.

Add Destination Combined Cloud

Note: This software also can help you transfer files between cloud storage. For example, if you want to move a file in Google Drive to another account, just go to the Backup Tasks tab and follow the steps in the given link. The steps are suitable for all cloud drives regardless of different clouds and different accounts of the same cloud.

Create Task

Final Thoughts

Backup iPhone to iCloud may be the first choice that may users think about. But iCloud does not the purchased music and apps, synced mail and contact. In addition, the free space is only 5GB and you will fill up the space in the near future. In this case, you can alternative ways or get unlimited cloud storage with CBackup. That’s all for this topic and enjoy your new journey.