Open the Settings app. This can often be found in the utilities folder on your home screen.
Click on your name at the very top of the settings page.
Click "iCloud" so that we can view your iCloud features and settings.
Scroll down, then click "iCloud backup." You will notice it will say "on" or "off" to the right. If yours is already on, you may already be backing up and didn't even realize it! If that's the case, skip to step six in this guide.
Otherwise, continue with step five, so we can turn this feature on.
Turn on iCloud backup by clicking the toggle to the right of "iCloud backup." In the middle of the screen, you will be "turning on backup" briefly.
Now that your iPhone, iPad, or other iOS product is backing up automatically, it's good to check every once in a while that your backups are completing. To do this, you will follow the steps below:
- Click Settings.
- Click your name.
- Select "iCloud."
- Click "iCloud backup."
- Look under "backup now." There will be gray text telling you when the last completed backup was.
Backups are down every 24 hours (only once), while the device is plugged into the charger, on the lock screen, and connected to Wi-Fi. If these things do not occur at the same time, your iPhone, iPad, or other iOS product will not backup.
However, if your iPhone goes too long without being backed up, your iPhone will alert you on the main settings page right under your name, and it may even provide a notification or pop-up alerting you to why your product isn't backing up. Don't neglect the notifications. If you follow their instructions, they will ensure you don't go without consistent backups.
Backing up your iPhone is crucial to avoid data loss. Much of the data on your iPhone, or other iOS or iPadOS products, is priceless. Losing pictures you can't get back is the worst feeling. Trust me.