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Understanding your backup options

From: iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

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Under the summary section you see in iTunes when you As I've mentioned previously iCloud is On a Mac you'd go to System Preferences>iCloud, and you can And on a PC, you'll need to Also if you choose to backup to iCloud, your device You can check your iCloud backup settings on your device by Here you can see how much storage If you're concerned about taking up too much space And under Backup Options, you'll find a list of

Understanding your backup options

Under the summary section you see in iTunes when you have your iPhone selected, you'll see the back up area. Where you can choose to back up your device to your computer through iTunes or to your iCloud account if you have one. Should you ever have to replace your phone or if something crashes on it and it needs to be completely restored, you can copy its contents and settings from your most recent back up, back onto it. As I've mentioned previously iCloud is Apple's free online storage and syncing service. If you haven't yet created an iCloud account, you can set one up on your iOS device by going to Settings>iCloud, and here if you're not already signed in you'll be given the option to create an account.

On a Mac you'd go to System Preferences>iCloud, and you can choose to set up your iCloud account here with your Apple ID. If you don't have an Apple ID, you can set up one here as well. And on a PC, you'll need to first download the iCloud control panel from iCloud.com/icloudcontrolpanel. That'll bring you to this page, where you can download the control panel and set up your iCloud account from here. For more detailed information on setting up an account, visit apple.com/icloud/setup. So, creating an account gives you access to the iCloud services and five gigabytes of free storage space.

Now, when it comes to backing up your device, whether you're backing up on iCloud or on your computer. You're backing up its settings, its app data, app organization, messages, the photos and videos in the camera roll, and so on. It also backs up information about the music and videos you purchased from the iTunes store, so if you ever need to restore them you'll be able to download them from the store. Music and videos you've synced from your computer aren't backed up though. So if you ever need to restore your phone, you'll have to grab those files by syncing with iTunes again. And we looked at how to do that earlier in this chapter. The advantage of syncing with iCloud is that you're not tying your device to your computer.

For example, if you're on a trip and have trouble with your phone, you can restore it directly over the internet from your phone without needing to connect it to your computer and iTunes. We'll see how to restore your phone in the troubleshooting chapter at the end of this course. Also if you choose to backup to iCloud, your device will automatically back itself up on a daily basis as long as that's plugged into a power source and connected to the internet over WiFi and your screen is locked. If you choose to backup to iTunes by selecting This computer, your device will backup any time you connect it to your computer and sync it. You can also right-click your device and choose Back Up from here to perform a manual backup.

There's also an option here to encrypt iPhone backup. If you're worried about sensitive information from your phone being stored on your computer with your sync, you can check this option and iTunes will protect the backup with encryption. Now you're not limited to always having to backup to iCloud or always backing up to your computer. In fact, you might want to occasionally alternate between these two options by choosing say, back up to iCloud first, and allowing your phone to back up, so you have a copy of the backup on the Cloud. And then later choosing back up to This computer, and that way you'll have a copy on your computer as well. The important thing is that you do back up your device periodically, so you'll be able to restore your settings and content, should you ever run into problems.

Again, I'll show you how to restore your device in the last chapter. You can check your iCloud backup settings on your device by going to Settings>iCloud, and then scroll down and tap Storage and Backup. Here you can see how much storage space you have left in your account and how much space is free. You can also turn on iCloud Backup here if you haven't done so already, so you don't have to go into iTunes to turn on iCloud Backup, you can do it right from here under the backup section. If you're concerned about taking up too much space on your iCloud account, you can tap Manage Storage. And under Backup Options, you'll find a list of the apps that are taking up the most space. And you can choose to turn individual apps off if you don't need to back up their data.

Remember, you can always switch back to syncing to your computer if you want to make sure you have a full backup. Then you can return to this screen and either tap, Back Up Now, to back up to your iCloud account right away or just leave this on and your device will back itself up the next time you have it connected to a power source.

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iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

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  1. 4m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. What's new in iOS 7?
      3m 40s
  2. 55m 0s
    1. A tour of the device
      5m 29s
    2. The Lock and Home screens
      2m 39s
    3. Accessing and using Control Center
      4m 37s
    4. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      5m 24s
    5. Learning finger gestures
      4m 1s
    6. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks
      3m 31s
    7. Using the Notification Center
      5m 41s
    8. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo integration
      4m 59s
    9. Setting up an Apple ID with your iOS device
      4m 21s
    10. Customizing your wallpaper
      4m 40s
    11. Multitasking
      2m 48s
    12. Sharing files with AirDrop
      2m 53s
    13. Enabling and using Touch ID
      3m 57s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      4m 24s
    2. Fixing typos and using autocorrection
      6m 39s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      3m 3s
    4. Accessing hidden shortcuts
      1m 40s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 53s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 19s
  4. 39m 52s
    1. Connecting your device to your Mac or PC
      5m 37s
    2. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 30s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      6m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 25s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 54s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 13s
    7. Understanding your backup options
      3m 50s
    8. Using wireless syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Using iTunes Match
      3m 54s
  5. 56m 16s
    1. Basic phone activities
      3m 9s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 11s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 12s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 44s
    5. Blocking numbers
      2m 45s
    6. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 10s
    7. Using FaceTime
      5m 50s
    8. Making conference calls
      3m 1s
    9. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 35s
    10. Sharing contacts
      2m 51s
    11. Assigning photos and ringtones to specific contacts
      3m 34s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 47s
    13. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 34s
    14. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 53s
  6. 39m 0s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      1m 50s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, or AOL email accounts
      4m 20s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 30s
    4. Keeping your iOS device email synced with your computer
      4m 32s
    5. Composing email
      4m 47s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      9m 22s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 44s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      1m 51s
    9. Setting mail options
      7m 4s
  7. 33m 34s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      8m 11s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      6m 29s
    3. Saving images
      2m 28s
    4. Completing forms and using AutoFill
      4m 34s
    5. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 11s
    6. Getting some privacy
      1m 54s
    7. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 43s
    8. Using iCloud Keychain
      4m 4s
  8. 35m 41s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 6s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      7m 17s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      2m 37s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 0s
    5. Playing and controlling video
      6m 7s
    6. Adjusting your Music settings
      6m 26s
    7. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      4m 8s
    8. Using AirPlay to stream content from your device to an Apple TV
      3m 0s
  9. 51m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your device
      6m 48s
    2. Shooting in HDR
      2m 7s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 34s
    4. Viewing, organizing, and editing photos
      9m 45s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 47s
    6. Shooting slow motion (iPhone 5s)
      3m 23s
    7. Shooting in burst mode (iPhone 5s)
      1m 38s
    8. Viewing and editing video
      2m 33s
    9. Taking screenshots
      1m 23s
    10. Sharing photos and video
      6m 27s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 57s
    12. Syncing your photos with a photo stream
      4m 9s
    13. Creating a shared photo stream
      4m 41s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 37s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 12s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 15s
    5. Showing traffic and alternative maps
      2m 48s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 34s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 16s
  11. 28m 17s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      10m 55s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 34s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 21s
    4. Using the Clock app
      7m 4s
    5. Setting reminders
      5m 23s
  12. 6m 11s
    1. Using the Notes app
      3m 4s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 7s
  13. 11m 48s
    1. Passbook
      6m 6s
    2. Stocks
      2m 32s
    3. Calculator
      50s
    4. Weather
      2m 20s
  14. 20m 51s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      6m 3s
    2. Browsing the App Store on your iOS device
      6m 15s
    3. Purchasing apps
      7m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      1m 9s
  15. 25m 38s
    1. Airplane mode
      2m 25s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 2s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      4m 7s
    4. The About section
      2m 27s
    5. Usage
      4m 10s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 25s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 21s
    8. Privacy
      4m 41s
  16. 14m 28s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Using Passcode Lock
      6m 1s
    3. Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock
      7m 5s
  17. 17m 52s
    1. Introducing Siri
      9m 26s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      4m 1s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 51s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 34s
  18. 16m 33s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 6s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 3s
    3. Rebooting
      43s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 32s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 41s
    7. Optimizing battery life
      5m 41s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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