About backups in iCloud and iTunes

About backups in iCloud and iTunes

You can copy and save the data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by backing up your device in iCloud or iTunes. If you replace your device, you can use that backup to transfer data like your contacts and photos to your new device.

Decide which method is best for you

Read more about making backups of your device using iTunes and iCloud. In case you ever need an alternative backup, you can also make one in iCloud and another in iTunes.

iCloud

  • Stores backups in the cloud
  • Offers up to 1TB of storage (your first 5GB are free)
  • Always encrypts your backups
  • Lets you make and use backups from anywhere with Wi-Fi

iTunes

  • Stores backups on your Mac or PC
  • Storage depends on your Mac or PC's available space
  • Offers encrypted backups (off by default)
  • Lets you make and use backups from your Mac or PC

iCloud backups

With a Wi-Fi network connection, you can make a backup of your device using iCloud. You don't need to plug your device into a computer or even be at home to make a backup with iCloud.

iCloud backups include nearly all data and settings stored on your device. iCloud backups don't include:

  • Data that's already stored in the cloud, like contacts, calendars, notes, My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Library
  • Data stored in other cloud services, like Gmail and Exchange mail
  • Apple Pay information and settings
  • Touch ID settings
  • Content you didn't get directly from iTunes, App, or iBooks Stores, like imported MP3s, videos, or CDs
  • iTunes in the Cloud and App Store content
    If it's still available in the iTunes, App, or iBooks Store, you can tap to re-download your already purchased content.
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