How to Set Up iCloud Syncing on Your iOS Device


We just went over how to set up your iOS device to backup and sync on your Mac. You can check that out here. How about for those who want to sync via iCloud? Here are two ways.

The advantage is that you don’t have to be near your Mac (in the same wifi area) to do it. The bad news is that you have 5GB to work with, and must pay for additional space. It’s not a bad deal if you need it, and it’s important to remember that purchased songs, movies and other content don’t count against your space (more info on iCloud here).

Method 1) This is done by plugging in your device and selecting it in iTunes. From there, you can select whether you want it to sync to your Mac or to iCloud as shown below:

Sorry for the small size. Clicking on the image will enlarge it.

iCloud backup


Select Back up to iCloud, and click “Apply” this will set up your device to back up to iCloud.



Method 2) From your iOS device –  you can go to your iOS device (in our case an iPad) and set it up to sync to iCloud. It’s under Settings>iCloud>Storage and Backup>iCloud Backup [ON]

iCloud backup

You will likely be prompted with a message telling you that your backups will no longer be sent to your computer. Say okay. It will start the backup process.

Again, the advantage to this is that you don’t need to be near your computer for syncing. Even with wireless sync, you must be on the same wifi network as your computer. Both ways, as far as we can tell, work the same. One just happens to be handy when you are next to your computer.

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