Should I back my iPhone using iCloud or on computer?

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Should I back my iPhone using iCloud or on computer?


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Should I back my iPhone using iCloud or on computer?
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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.
 

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

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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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.
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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Should I back my iPhone using iCloud or on computer?
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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