Does iCloud and Itunes backup the same stuff?

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  1. marc55 macrumors 6502a

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    Is there any difference between what iCloud and ITunes backs up?

    Do they both back up apps, notes, and contacts, etc?

    Thank you
     
  2. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    No difference. Just depends if you want it in the cloud or on your computer.

    Also note that you can do both. You can only set one method to be automatic but then you can go in and make it do a backup the other way from time to time too.
     
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  4. rigormortis, Nov 16, 2014
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    rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    this post was relevant before iOS 8 came out. its mostly wrong now.
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    iCloud backup only backs up what apple considers important. like for example
    phone numbers ( contacts) , emails, notes, text messages, calendar.
    off the top of my head, iTunes backs up more stuff, like for example pictures and videos that you took with the camera.

    if you want for apple to save every single picture forever you have to pay for more iCloud space. and turn on iCloud photo stream

    iOS 8
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    i guess iCloud backs up everything, if your willing to pay for the iCloud storage
     
  5. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Relevant to the thread: :) Does iCloud backup passwords like an encrypted iTunes backup?
     
  6. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    there is nothing stopping you from doing both.

    u can still backup to iTunes manually , and set iCloud backup to automatic.

    or visa versa

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    an unencrypted backup only restores passwords to the same device
    an encrypted backup wil restore passwords to a different device

    ummm

    iCloud has iCloud keychain!

    app passwords. like netflix . i don't know. i never tried it with anything else but iTunes
     
  7. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    FWIW, iCloud backup does backup all photos and videos in your camera roll. It won't backup photos that were taken elsewhere and sync'ed to your iPhone from your computer.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH12519

    All of the iCloud restores I've done (to the same device) put the passwords back.
     
  8. rigormortis, Nov 16, 2014
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    rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    yeah i bet it does , but you have to pay for the storage.

    id rather backup to iTunes instead of paying 99 cents or 3.99 a month or more
     

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  9. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    FWIW, I backup my iPhone to iCloud and still have 2.8GB of free space (on iCloud).

    But I also plug my phone into my Mac every few weeks and sync it with Aperture, which lets me delete photos/videos from the iPhone Camera Roll that were already imported via Photostream.

    This greatly reduces the size of my iCloud backup (since my Camera Roll rarely gets over 1GB), but still allows me to have many GB of pictures/videos on my iPhone (Synced from iTunes Library).
     

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  10. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    my stats
    last backup failed
    additional 1.5 gb needed
    backups 34mb

    docs and data 21mb
    mail 1.4gb

    photo library 3.6 gb
    synced 12gb
    photo stream 627mb
    shared 1.9mb

    videos 8 gb (synced)

    i have no clue why i need 1.5 more gigs.

    i would like to stress that "photo stream" is just temporary storage. if you delete anything on your phone
    and you rely on photo stream, you will lose your pictures.

    pay the money to upgrade storage and switch to iCloud photo stream if you do not do regular iTunes backups
     
  11. bizack macrumors 6502

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    I always backup to iCloud, but if I know I'm returning/exchanging a device, I backup to iTunes because it also backs up all your apps (i.e. copies them over). iCloud backs up *what* apps you have installed, but when you restore your device, the apps are downloaded from the app store rather than copied over from iTunes (transferring from iTunes to device is faster than downloading).
     
  12. Traverse macrumors 603

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    Same backup, but I'm thinking of moving to an iTunes backup. It takes a long time and hammers my home WiFi to try and restore all my apps and data from an iCloud backup.
     

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