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Re: iCloud sync in iTunes?
You can choose either one that works best for you. Now you can toggle on a iTunes back up do you have something else besides iCloud. Then switch back over to iCloud backup.
Backed-up information includes purchased music, TV shows, apps, and books*; photos and video 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, and more. Media files synced from your computer aren’t backed up, but can be restored by syncing with iTunes.
iTunes will not back up automatically if you are using iCloud.
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When is iCloud Backup the best choice for me?
iCloud Backup provides an easy and reliable backup solution for users who want to back up their iOS devices wirelessly and automatically without tethering to a computer. iCloud Backup is best for you if:
- You prefer that iCloud take care of backups for you automatically when your device is connected to Wi-Fi and power.
- You want to restore data to your device from almost anywhere via a broadband Wi-Fi connection.
- You don’t connect your iOS device to a Mac or PC very frequently.
- You don’t own a Mac or PC.
- You would like an automatic backup solution to use in conjunction with iTunes Backup (see below).
Note: iCloud Backup does not back up music, movies, and TV shows that you did not purchase from the iTunes Store, or any podcasts, audio books, or photos that you originally synced from your computer. iCloud Backup will restore your purchased music, movie, and app content from the iTunes and App Stores during the background restore process. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBookstore.
When is iTunes Backup the best choice for me?
iTunes Backup is traditionally how users have backed up their iOS devices, and it continues to serve the needs of many users. iTunes Backup is best for you if:
- You frequently use the computer that hosts your iTunes Backups.
- You don't have an iCloud account or don't want to use iCloud.
- The photos and videos saved in your device’s Camera Roll regularly exceed 1 GB in size or you tend to have very large backups.
- You want on-site and networked backups.
- You would like a manual or secondary backup solution to use in conjunction with iCloud Backup (see below).
Note: Keep in mind that iTunes Backup does not create a duplicate back up of your movies, music, podcasts, and apps. As noted in this article, your media content is synced from your primary computer via iTunes.
When to use iCloud and iTunes Backup together
For an extra level of backup for your data, you can use iCloud Backup and iTunes Backup together.
Using iCloud Backup doesn't disable iTunes Backup completely, it just turns off Automatic Backups via iTunes. You can trigger a manual iTunes Backup yourself whenever you want to create a new one.
- Plug your iOS device into your primary computer via the provided cable.
- Open iTunes.
- For iTunes 11:
- In the iTunes window, click the iOS device button on the right.
- In the Backups section, click Back Up Now under "Manually Back Up and Restore."
- For iTunes 10.7:
- Right-click (or Control click) on your iOS device in the iTunes Source list.
- Choose Back Up from the iTunes device shortcut menu.
- Allow the backup to complete. You can monitor the status of the backup operation in the iTunes status screen.
For the best results, back up with iTunes on a weekly basis or more frequently if important data needs to be backed up. Learn about creating reminders.
Tip: If you are using iCloud and iTunes Backup together, and you simply want to speed up your iCloud Backup & Restore functions, you can save iCloud storage by turning off iCloud Backup for very large data types. For example, if you have a 15 GB Camera Roll on your iPhone, you may not wish to back it up to iCloud because it is already being manually backed up to iTunes. You can disable back up of any iCloud Backup item in Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage > Backups > Backup Options. After doing so, these items will only be backed up when you manually back up to iTunes.