Choose a backup method
Use iCloud to back up your iOS devices if you want an automatic backup solution, you want to restore content to your device from almost anywhere using Wi-Fi, you don’t connect your device to a Mac or PC very often, or you don’t own a Mac or PC.
Use iTunes if you frequently use the computer that hosts your backups, you don’t have an iCloud account or don’t want to use iCloud, you want on-site and networked backups, or you’d like to have a manual or secondary backup to use with your iCloud back up.
Back up using iCloud
If you’re using iCloud, it can automatically back up your content. Use these steps to turn on iCloud Backup:
- Tap Settings > iCloud > Backup. If you’re using iOS 7 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.
- Tap iCloud Backup to turn it on.
- Tap Back Up Now.
After you turn on iCloud Backup, iCloud will back up your content automatically. You can return to this screen to see when the last back up happened.
Restore using iCloud
Use these steps if you have a new iOS device, or you need to to restore after a factory reset:
- Turn on your device. You should see a Hello screen.
- Follow the steps in the iOS Setup Assistant until you get to the Set Up screen.
- Select Restore from iCloud Backup.
- Select a backup.
You can go through the iOS Setup Assistant again by erasing all the content on the device. Just tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. This will remove all content from your device, so do this only if you already have a backup. The iOS Setup Assistant is the only way to restore a backup.