iCloud is a cloud-based storage service offered by Apple that allows iPhone users to save and access their data on various Apple devices. When you back up your iPhone to iCloud, several types of data are automatically saved.
This includes your device settings, such as your Wi-Fi passwords, home screen layout, and app preferences. Your app data, such as your game scores, messages, and app-specific settings, are also included in the backup. Additionally, your iPhone photos and videos, iMessage and SMS text messages, contacts, and call history are all backed up to iCloud.
It’s important to note that some types of data, such as media purchased from the iTunes Store or Apple Books, don’t get backed up to iCloud. Also, your iCloud backup size is limited, and if your storage is full, you may need to purchase additional storage or manually manage your iCloud storage to choose what you want to back up.
What data does iPhone backup to iCloud?
Does iCloud back up text messages?
Yes, iCloud does back up text messages on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5 or later. When you back up your device to iCloud, it automatically backs up your text messages along with other data such as your device settings, app data, and photos. This backup is encrypted and can be accessed from any device that uses the same iCloud account. Keep in mind that if you opt not to back up your text messages, you may lose them if you lose your device or need to restore to factory settings. Therefore, it is recommended to turn on the iCloud backup feature on your device to ensure that all your precious data including text messages are backed up and secured.
How do I see what is backed up on iCloud?
To view the content that is backed up on iCloud, follow these steps:
1. Open the Settings app on your iOS device.
2. Tap on your name at the top of the screen.
3. Tap on "iCloud."
4. Tap on "Manage Storage."
5. Select your device from the list of backups.
6. Here, you will see a list of all the applications and data that is currently being stored on iCloud.
7. To see more details on each backup, tap on the app to view what is being stored.
Note that if an application is not on this list, it means that it is not currently being backed up to iCloud. Furthermore, you can also manage your iCloud storage from this screen by deleting backups that you no longer need to free up space.
Does my stuff automatically backup to iCloud?
Whether your stuff automatically backs up to iCloud or not depends on the specific settings of your Apple device.
If you have enabled iCloud Backup on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, your device will automatically back up its data daily when it’s connected to power and Wi-Fi. This includes your photos, videos, app data, device settings, and messages. You can check whether iCloud Backup is on by going to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup and making sure that the switch is turned on.
Similarly, if you have enabled iCloud Drive on your Mac or Windows computer, your files and documents will automatically be backed up to iCloud. This allows you to access them from any of your Apple devices with this feature enabled.
It’s important to note that you may need to purchase additional iCloud storage if the free 5GB storage is not enough to hold all of your backup data. You can increase your iCloud storage plan on your Apple device by going to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Change Storage Plan.
Does iCloud backup delete everything?
Does iCloud back up deleted photos?
No, iCloud does not back up photos that have been deleted. When you delete a photo from your Apple device, it is moved to the "Recently Deleted" album. These photos will remain there for up to 30 days before being permanently deleted.
During this 30-day period, you can restore any deleted photos to your device from the "Recently Deleted" album. If you have iCloud Photos enabled, these photos will also be deleted from your iCloud Photo Library and will not be included in your backups.
However, if you have turned on the "Optimize iPhone Storage" option in your iCloud settings, then high-resolution versions of your photos may be stored in the cloud and only lower-resolution versions will be stored on your device. In such a case, if you delete a photo from your device, the high-resolution version in the cloud will also be deleted after 30 days, even if it hasn’t been backed up.
Therefore, it is always recommended to keep a backup of your important photos on a different platform or device, in addition to iCloud backup.
Do deleted iPhone messages stay on iCloud?
When you use iCloud Backup to backup your iPhone’s content, the text messages on your device are included in the backup. If you later delete a message on your iPhone, that message will still be present in your iCloud Backup. This means that if you restore your iPhone from that backup, the message will reappear. However, it’s worth noting that these messages are fully encrypted and inaccessible to anyone other than the owner of the iCloud account. If you want to delete a message permanently, you need to ensure that it’s also deleted from your iCloud Backup. You can do this by manually deleting backups or turning off the automatic backup feature for messages on your iPhone.
Do I need to save my text messages to iCloud?
The decision to save your text messages to iCloud depends on your individual needs and preferences. If you value having a backup of your messages in case of phone loss or damage, then saving your messages to iCloud can be a useful option. Additionally, saving messages to iCloud can free up storage space on your device. However, it’s important to note that saving messages to iCloud may come with privacy and security concerns, as messages stored in the cloud can potentially be accessed by unauthorized individuals. Ultimately, it’s up to you to weigh the benefits and potential risks of saving your text messages to iCloud and determine if it’s the right choice for you.