Backing up data from the iPhone used to cause thousands of people headaches. It used to require that users transfer their files to a computer through iTunes, which wouldn't keep the data organized. Apple's move to the cloud has helped alleviate the complexity and tediousness of this process by introducing iCloud, which gives users a better way to back up their data without a host PC.

iPhone data backup to the iCloud requires users to log into their active account, which is a process normally set up during activation. If you aren't logged in, check the settings under iCloud's Settings app. Once you're all set up, backing up the data from your iPhone is extraordinarily easy.

The first thing you'll want to do is open the Settings app on your phone and navigate your way to the iCloud. Secondly, scroll down the page until you see the Backup option and tap it to activate. It that isn't appearing, tap the iCloud Backup option to activate it, then you'll see a brief description of the process.

The backup will include your device settings, all messages, videos, ringtones, app data, location settings, app and home screen organization and purchase history. Photos that are stored in the iCloud Photo Library are already backed up separately.

As a default setting, all app data is backed up in the iCloud so users can always manage them by going to Settings → iCloud → Manage Storage → Backups. iCloud will usually backup information automatically when the iPhone is plugged into a power source while the screen is locked and with WiFi enabled and connected to a network. To backup manually, just tap the Back Up Now option in the iCloud Settings menu. The iCloud is capable of storing up to three different device datasets.

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