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How to Transfer Content to a New Device Using iCloud Backup

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Getting ready to get a new device and want to make sure your old stuff is transferred to the new device? Here is the way Apple recommends doing it – use iCloud. The article below shows how to back up and restore a device.

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If you don’t have an iCloud account, get a free one that will automatically gives you 5 GB of free storage. You can use this space for backing up your iOS devices too. You can buy more storage and manage your storage space as explained in the article.

The below comes from Apple from this page:

Turn on iCloud Backup

Start by backing up your old device to iCloud:

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.
  2. Turn on iCloud Backup.

You may want to connect to power and turn Wi-Fi on.

Turn on iCloud Backup circled

Back up now

iCloud backs up your device once a day. To back up your device before you transfer content:

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.
  2. Tap Back Up Now.
  3. Wait until the backup finishes. How long it will take depends on how big the backup is and how fast your Internet connection is.

Back Up Now circled

Set up your new device

When the backup of your old device is finished, turn on your new device. Follow the setup assistant, which will ask you to choose these things:

  • Your language and country
  • Whether to enable Location Services
  • A Wi-Fi network

If you’ve already set up your device, you can reset it so that you can go through the iOS Setup Assistant again and restore from your backup. Tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Do this only if you already have a backup.

Restore from iCloud Backup

When you’re asked to set up:

  1. Choose Restore from iCloud Backup.
  2. Tap next.
  3. Enter your Apple ID and password.

Set Up iPhone

Choose the backup

Choose the backup of your old device and tap Restore. Wait until the device finishes restoring from the backup.

How long it will take depends on how big the backup is and how fast your Internet connection is.

Choose backup screen

Sync other content from iTunes

When the restore finishes, your device will restart. You should connect the device to iTunes to sync data that isn’t in the backup (such as music, videos, or apps that you didn’t purchase from the iTunes Store or the App Store ). To change the type of content that syncs, click the syncing tabs in iTunes.

Enter your passwords

When you’re restoring an iCloud backup to a new device, you’ll need to enter your password for your Apple ID, email and other accounts, and voicemail. If you’ve forgotten your voicemail password, contact your carrier.

According to apple, here’s what iCloud backs up:

  • Purchase history for music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books

    Your iCloud backup includes information about the content you have purchased, but not the purchased content itself. When you restore from an iCloud backup, your purchased content is automatically downloaded from the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store. Some types of content aren’t downloaded automatically in all countries, and previous purchases may be unavailable if they have been refunded or are no longer available in the store. For more information, see the Apple Support article iTunes in the Cloud availability by country. Some types of content aren’t available in all countries. For more information, see the Apple Support article What can I buy from the iTunes Store in my country?.

  • Photos and videos on your iOS devices

  • Device settings

  • App data

  • Home screen and app organization

  • iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages

  • Ringtones

  • Visual Voicemail

Your iOS device backup only includes data and settings stored on your device.

It doesn’t include data already stored in iCloud, for example contacts, calendars, bookmarks, mail messages, notes, shared photo albums, iCloud Photo Library beta, My Photo Stream, and documents you save in iCloud using iOS apps and Mac apps.

Conclusion

iCloud backup is about as easy a way to make a back up and transfer your iOS information as exists without having to plug into a computer. It’s a good idea to make a back up of your data and iCloud makes it easy. Review the Apple articles and information above to make the process work. Don’t forget, wi-fi access can speed up the process and may even be required if you have large amounts of data to back up and restore.

iCloud Security

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iCloud Sign in

In light of recent events of apparent theft of celebrity photos from iCloud accounts, Apple has issued a media advisory that appears below.

In short, Apple says it was not a breach of its system but rather an attack on targeted user names and passwords. Apple’s advice, use strong passwords and enable 2-step verification.

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Also, consider an app like 1Password. You can learn more here.

Update to Celebrity Photo Investigation

We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.

To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Both of these are addressed on our website at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4232.

iCloud out of Beta

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iCloud Sign in

On the eve before releasing iOS7, Apple has turned on the new iCloud.

iCloud Screen

The updated look is directly related to the new iOS7 look and feel.

You can log into your iCloud account and check it out while you count down until the official launch of iOS 7.

iCloud help

You can learn more about the new iCloud by reading the web help.

How to Back up iPad (iCloud or iTunes)

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With the release date of iOS7 rapidly approaching, you should back up your iPad and iPhone. Is there a best way to back up your iPad and what are the choices?

You can back up most of your data on your iPad with iCloud or iTunes. Read that again…MOST. Those are Apple’s words, not mine.

Apple’s backup process is reproduced below. You can visit where this information came from at Apple’s knowledge base article here.

Backed-up information includes purchased music, TV shows, apps, and books*; photos and video in the Camera Roll; device settings (for example, Phone Favorites, Wallpaper, and Mail, Contacts, Calendar accounts); app data; Home screen and app organization; Messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS), ringtones, and more. Media files synced from your computer aren’t backed up, but can be restored by syncing with iTunes.

* Backup of purchased music is not available in all countries. Backup of purchased TV shows occurs only in the United States. Previous purchases may not be restored if they are no longer in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store.

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How to back up
iCloud automatically backs up the most important data on your device using iOS 5 or later. After you have enabled Backup on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in Settings > iCloud > Backup & Storage, it will run on a daily basis as long as your device is:

  • Connected to the Internet over Wi-Fi
  • Connected to a power source
  • Screen locked

You can also back up manually whenever your device is connected to the Internet over Wi-Fi by choosing Back Up Now from Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.

iCloud backup settings

iCloud backup settings

iCloud automatically backs up your device over Wi-Fi every day while it’s turned on, locked, and connected to a power source. With your device information backed up in iCloud, you can easily set up a new device or restore information on one you already have.

Here’s what iCloud backs up:

  • Purchased music, movies, TV shows, apps, and booksPurchased music isn’t backed up in all countries. Purchased movies and TV shows are backed up only in the U.S. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they have been refunded or are no longer in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store. Some previously purchased movies may not be available in iTunes in the Cloud. A movie’s product details page in the iTunes Store shows if the movie is unavailable.
  • Photos and videos in your Camera Roll
  • Device settings
  • App data
  • Home screen and app organization
  • iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages
  • Ringtones
  • Visual Voicemail

iCloud doesn’t back up the following items:

  • Music, movies, and TV shows not purchased from the iTunes Store
  • Podcasts and audio books
  • Photos that were originally synced from your computer

How to restore from a backup

When you go through Setup Assistant on a new device using iOS 5 or later, choose “Restore from iCloud Backup” and enter your iCloud account and password. You will see the three most recent backups for each of the devices on which you enabled Backup. Choose from which backup to restore.

If the home screen icons appear on your device and you wish to restore from an iCloud backup, erase your device (by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings). When prompted to set up as new or to restore from previous backup, select Restore from iCloud Backup. Enter your AppleID and password when prompted.

Set up iPhone

After your device restarts, your settings and accounts are restored and Backup starts downloading your purchased music, TV shows, apps, books, Camera Roll, and other content*. For best battery performance, leave your device connected to a power source until the restore is complete. You may be prompted to enter the passwords for all accounts enabled on your device.

A progress bar will appear underneath the apps that are being downloaded. To prioritize the restore of a specific app, tap its icon. Restore will attempt to download the same version of the app that you had installed previously. If that version is no longer available, the latest version of the app will be restored.

To check if the restore is complete, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.

iTunes
How to back up
iTunes can create backups of your iOS device when you:

Sync with iTunes (disabled if you have iCloud backup turned on)
Right-click (or Control-click) the iOS device in iTunes under Devices and choose Back Up
Use these steps to manually back up your iOS device using iTunes:

Connect your iOS device to a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed.
Click the File menu and select Devices > Back up.
Or
Connect your iOS device to a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed.
Open the iOS device’s Summary tab. There are two ways to access this:

Click the device button in the upper right corner. (If viewing the iTunes Store, click the Library button in the upper right corner. The device button will then be visible.)

From any view in iTunes, click the View menu and select Show Sidebar. Select your iOS device in iTunes under Devices.
Click the Back Up Now button.

To verify that the backup finished successfully, open iTunes Preferences and select the Devices tab. The name of the device will appear along with the date and time the backup was created.

If using iTunes 10.7 or earlier:
Right-click (or Control-click) the device and select Back Up.

How to restore from a backup
To restore information from a backup, use one of the following methods after connecting your iOS device to the computer with which you normally sync:

Click the File menu and select Devices > Restore from Back up.
Or
Open the iOS device’s Summary tab. There are two ways to access this:
Click the device button in the upper right corner. (If viewing the iTunes Store, click the Library button in the upper right corner. The device button will then be visible.)
From any view in iTunes, click the View menu and select Show Sidebar. Select your iOS device in iTunes under Devices.
Click the Restore Backup button.

If using iTunes 10.7 or earlier:
Right-click (or Control-click) the device and choose Restore from Backup

If you want to reference the guide on iCloud Backup, visit this support section.

iCloud Beta Gets iOS 7 Makeover

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iCloud iOS7

Apple’s iCloud beta page has been updated to reflect some of the new icons from iOS7 as seen below.

Icloudbeta credit Mac Rumors.com

The updates are part of Apple’s march to release iOS 7 in the next few weeks.

iCloud is a syncing service offered by Apple that allows you to access your music, calendars, contacts, documents and more from whatever device you may use.

iCloud Support and Status

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As you rely more and more on iCloud services and features, it will become more important to understand the different services and abilities iCloud offers. You can read more about iCloud on Apple’s page. A simple video explanation about iCloud syncing features and benefits can be seen here.

To find specific iCloud support issues for your country, visit Apple World Wide iCloud Support or http://www.apple.com/support/icloud/ww/ page.

This site allows you to pick the proper country for you to have your iCloud support issues addressed.

iCloud World Wide Support

Tap on the proper country and you will be presented with an index of topics and answers.

iCloud Support Topics

You can also check on the system status of iCloud by clicking on System Status. If there are any problems, they should be identified by a status light that will not be green.

iCloud System Status

 

As Apple continues to refine iCloud and the services offered, you should become familiar with the various features and have the ability to check the status of the system. Hopefully, this information will help.

How to Sync Safari Between Mac and iPad

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If you have a favorite set of websites that you have assigned on your Safari browser, you can sync them to iCloud. Once that is done, on your iPad, you can open Safari and see the same tabs and shortcuts.

If you have to suddenly rush away from the browser open on your computer, you can continue your work with the same open tabs and window on your iPad via iCloud.

Here’s how…First, you have to make sure iCloud is set up to sync the Safari settings.

To set up your Mac, follow these instructions:

1. Install OS 10.7.4 or later, including 10.8.x.

2. Turn on iCloud in System Preferences.

3. Check Safari to enable the iCloud syncing of your Safari information.

 

4.  Your bookmarked Safari folders and sites will be synced to iCloud.

To set up your iPad or iPhone, follow these instructions:

1. Install the latest iOS.

2. Tap Settings > iCloud.

3. Turn on Safari.

 

Now, on you computer, you can surf the web and open up various tabs for different sites. Your favorites and current tabs will be available and show up on your iPad via iCloud. (of course, both will need an internet connection).

On your iPad, open Safari. Tap in the browser where you would enter the web site and the various tabs will drop down and appear.

If you tap on the iCloud icon, you will be presented with a list of the open tabs you had on your Safari browser.

You can read more about how to set up iCloud and tab syncing here.

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