Make sure you your data is syncing – backup photos to iCloud
If you have felt the panic of losing all the photos, videos, and important files saved on your iPhone, or want to avoid it, here’s how to make sure iCloud is set up and syncing properly.
Apple automatically provides every user with 5GB of free iCloud storage. You can use this storage to back up apps, images, videos, or documents. But 5GB fills up fast; opens in a new windowadditional storage starts at $0.99 per month for 50GB in the US.
Backup photos to iCloud – enough available space?
First, make sure your account has enough available space in iCloud. Tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage, which will list how much iCloud storage you’re using and which apps are eating up the most storage.
To automatically back up your device each day, turn on iCloud Backup via Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup and toggle iCloud Backup to on. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Backup. The device will then back up when your phone is connected to power, locked, and on Wi-Fi.
To manually back up your phone via iCloud, navigate to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup > Back Up Now. Here, you can also see the last time your device was successfully backed up.
Automatically upload pictures to iCloud
Making sure your backup photos to iCloud as well as videos are working with just a few taps. ClickAway data backup services can also do this for you.
First, navigate to Settings > Photos > iCloud Photos and toggle to on, which will automatically upload and store your library to iCloud, including iCloud.com, where you can view and download photos on a computer.
If you take photos on one Apple device, like your iPhone, and want to view them on another Apple device, like your iPad, turn on My Photo Stream. Then, the next time your Apple devices are connected to Wi-Fi, photos taken on one gadget will show up on all the others with the same Apple ID.
You can also add photos to iCloud Drive. On iOS, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud and toggle iCloud Drive to on. Go to the Photos app, select a picture or video, tap the Send icon, and select Save to Files > iCloud Drive > Save, which will send the image to the Files app Apple introduced with iOS 11.
On a Mac or PC, go to iCloud.com and sign in using your Apple ID. Here, you can click the icon for Photos or iCloud Drive and upload photos and videos.
If you don’t want to pay for more iCloud storage, meanwhile, you can also upload all your photos to Google Photos, which provides free, unlimited storage if you limit pics to 16 megapixels—until June 2021 at least. For now, download the Google Photos app to your iOS device, opt in to photo syncing, and any photos taken on your iOS device will sync to Google Photos the next time you’re on Wi-Fi. And they’ll remain there even if you delete them from your iOS device or iCloud.