Should I back my iPhone using iCloud or on computer?

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  1. JWB

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    Should I back my iPhone using iCloud or on computer?


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  2. RoofMonkey

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    That's a personal preference really. BUT, 1 advantage of backing up to the cloud is that if you get another device (replacement) or buy a new device, you can have all your contacts, at a minimum before you leave the store.
    Also contacts are available across multiple devices.
    I will usually back my devices up to my computer once a month and have it set to backup to the cloud every night when I plug in to charge.
     
  3. KeziaPurrs

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    I always back up to both. Better safe than sorry.


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  4. JWB

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    Do I need more space to back up to iCloud? Right now I have the standard 5 gigs


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  5. RoofMonkey

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    That really depends on how much you're backing up ;)
    You can adjust what is backed up to the cloud. I'm not a game player or worry about backing up game type data, so I only select the 'must have apps' that I really need/want in the event a restore is required.
     
  6. Lon

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    Old fashioned way. Unless you want to pay for extra space!
     
  7. JWB

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    Great. Thanks for the help


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  8. RoofMonkey

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    All I have is the free 5 Gb and still have about 1.5Gb available. So it depends on just how much you're backing up.
     
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    I have 2 iPads and 2 iPhones. I back them all up to iCloud and use the free 5gb plan. I still have 2gb left. The trick is to transfer larger videos and pictures back onto a computer and off of your device. iCloud only backs up app data, not the apps themselves. It also doesn't back up music.
     
  10. RoofMonkey

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    Ahhh, I forgot it doesn't backup up music either. I'm probably in the .01% of people who have zero music on their device.
     
  11. Europa

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    Actually, you can do all of that regardless of how you backup the device. iCloud syncing (push contacts, bookmarks, etc.) is separate from iCloud backups.
    I explained it in more detail here:
    http://forums.everythingicafe.com/threads/icloud-extra-chargeable-storage.102581/#post-1015845
     
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  13. Europa

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    Both methods have pros and cons. The pros to backing up in iTunes are that restoring from backup is a lot faster if you ever do have to do it and you don't have the 5 GB limit like you have with a standard free iCloud account. The cons are that it isn't automatically done daily like iCloud backups and you have to connect to your computer if you need to restore.
     
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    Does anyone know how to synch "notes"? My phone and iPad sync everything we'll expect for notes.


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  15. Europa

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    Use an iCloud email (instead of Gmail or something else) and make sure Notes it toggled on.
     

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