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    Rube8514's Avatar
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    Default What to backup in the iCloud?

    What do all of you backup in the cloud?? To me, I would just think pictures, contacts, and things of that nature....why would I want to back up apps such as facebook, mail, safari, etc??
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    Default What to backup in the iCloud?

    Most apps have a certain amount of user data. This is what gets backed up not the app itself. Think settings within the app, favorites, saved games, etc.
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    Default Re: What to backup in the iCloud?

    These are backed up:

    Photos and videos in the Camera Roll
    Device settings (for example: Phone Favorites, Wallpaper, and Mail, Contacts, Calendar accounts)
    App data
    Home screen and app organization
    Messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS)
    Ringtones
    Visual Voicemails


    Also check Settings>iCloud>Documents & Data to be sure it's set to On.
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    Default Re: What to backup in the iCloud?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rube8514 View Post
    What do all of you backup in the cloud?? To me, I would just think pictures, contacts, and things of that nature....why would I want to back up apps such as facebook, mail, safari, etc??
    You cannot choose what your iOS backups contain. All of the following data gets backed up if you enable iCloud backup:

    iCloud: Backup and restore overview
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    Default Re: What to backup in the iCloud?

    In addition you CAN NOT choose what to restore. It's full restore or nothing.
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    Default Re: What to backup in the iCloud?

    My Phone automatically backs up everything when it is charging. I am sure all your Apple devices does this too.
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    Default Re: What to backup in the iCloud?

    Quote Originally Posted by LivieS View Post
    Hi, you can select which applications back up their data and see how much storage space each application is using, here's a guide with instructions on Apple's website: iCloud: Backup and restore overview

    iCloud backups contain purchased music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books, photos and videos in the camera roll, device settings, appdata, messages, ringtones, visual voicemails. iCloud doesn't backup music, movies and TV shows not purchased from the iTunes Store, podcasts and audio books and photos that were originally synced from your computer.

    iTunes backups are better imho, as they are stored locally on your computer and data can be accessed if any troubles occur.

    Cheers!
    It doesn't hurt to do both an iCloud and and iTunes backup. That is what I do. You never know if you have to restore your device while away from home or your computer and restoring via an iCloud backup can save the day. You can almost always find internet access via Wi-Fi these days.
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    Default What to backup in the iCloud?

    I do the nightly iCloud backups over WiFi, and do both a weekly iTunes encrypted backup (which stores passwords) and a local iCloud data backup of notes, calendars, reminders, address book, Safari bookmarks, and settings.
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