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Backups are an essential part in the life of an iPhone user. They provide certainty in getting back the data you might have lost by accidental deletion or an unfortunate circumstance that happened with your phone. Backups are only made so much better by the fact that Apple fully supports backing up the data on your iPhone. There are several methods you can try to get your lost data up and running on your iPhone again. Built-in Apple applications such as iTunes and iCloud do a very good job of keeping copies of your files safe into your computer (for iTunes) and into Apple's cloud system (for iCloud). For this article, however, we'll focus only on how you can use all that iCloud has to offer when it comes to making backups.

Part 1: How to backup iPhone to iCloud automatically

When you're planning to use iCloud to back up your iPhone's data, you may opt to either backup manually or automatically. To set up iCloud to automatically back up your data:

Step 1. Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup on your iPhone.

Step 2. You will then be taken to a screen where you will see two options for iCloud backups. The "iCloud Backup" option comes with a switch which allows you to turn automatic backups on. Tap on the switch to enable automatic backups.

Step 3. Now that you have turned on the automatic backup feature, iCloud will keep copies of your purchase history of music, videos, books and apps, Camera Roll photos and videos, app data and settings, home screen and app organization, iMessages, SMS and MMS, Visual Voicemails, and ringtones every time you're connected to Wi-Fi and your iPhone is plugged in.

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Enabling automatic back up with iCloud will help you avoid the hassles of finding time to create a backup every time you feel the need to do so. iCloud will save your data right away as long as your iPhone is plugged in, locked, and connected to a Wi-Fi connection. Take note, however that very frequent backups will cost you more space in Apple's cloud system. Should you need more free space to accommodate backups, you'll have to pay for additional space.

Part 2: How to backup iPhone to iCloud manually

Backing up manually using iCloud pretty much demands you to proceed with the steps similar to what you would do to enable the automatic backup feature. In order to manually create a backup with iCloud:

Step 1. On your iPhone, head to "Settings" and "iCloud". Go to "Storage & Backup" to access iCloud's backup options.

Step 2. You will see that manual back up option on the next screen just below the iCloud Backup option that comes with a switch that turns automatic backups on. Also present is the date when the latest backup was created. Tap on "Back Up Now" to proceed with the manual back up.

Step 3. iCloud will then keep a copy of your iPhone's data. The backup file created contains the same data types as those of the automatic backups.

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While manually backing up your iPhone's data to iCloud demands some extra time and effort from you when compared to using the automatic backup feature, manual backups still have the exact same backup contents you would get if you opted to use automatic backups. The clear advantage of manual backups, however, is you will be making backups only whenever necessary and thus, saving you a lot of free space on Apple's cloud system. You wouldn't really have to worry about paying for additional free space to contain more backups.

Part 3: Useful tips for backing up iPhone to iCloud

Now that you've learned of how you can use the iCloud's backup features to suit your own backup needs, you may want to consider trying out some tips to take further advantage every time you use iCloud to make backups of your iPhone's data. Here are some tips you may use to save more space and avoid the hassles such as those brought about by having to pay for additional space on the cloud:

#1. Photos are only stored for about 30 days

Regulate the amount of photos you take. Check Camera Roll to monitor your photos to ensure that you don't take too much as iCloud won't be saving them forever. Photos are only stored for about 30 days.

#2. Find another place to store your photos

Find another place to store your photos. Since photos don't last that long in the cloud, you may want to save them in a different storage medium or better yet, save them directly to your computer.

#3. Check for unnecessary app data backups

Check for unnecessary app data backups. There may be some apps whose data you don't really need to backup. Axe them out in iCloud's backup settings to save more space in the cloud.

#4. Monitor the content you download for your apps

Monitor the content you download for your apps. While merely downloading apps do not significantly affect the size of your backups, the content you download for them add up to the space your backups take.

#5. Turn off HDR for your photos

Turn off HDR for your photos. Photos may really be quite bothersome for iCloud backups, especially if HDR is enabled, as while it increases photo quality, two copies of each photo are saved which in turn, means bigger sizes for your iCloud backups.

These are all but a few tips and you will probably be able to think of more ways to keep the balance between the sizes and the content of the backups you make with iCloud.

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