How often does iCloud backup?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by superdudeo, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. superdudeo macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2010
    Does it do it automatically? If so, how often does it do it because I cannot see an option to change the frequency of this
  2. Transeau macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2005
    Alta Loma, CA
    it will backup anytime your device is...
    Plugged in, and Locked, and has internet access via WiFi, and idle. All 4 must be met to automatically backup.
  3. xpower180 macrumors regular


    Jan 23, 2011
    I have been monitoring this since getting my 4S.
    According to the text at the bottom of the backup screen on the phone, it isn't automatically backing up at all - I have backed it up manually in the evening then left it on charge overnight with home network connected, and checked the following morning to see there has been no backup for the several hours. It was idle and meeting all the required criteria.

    Am I missing something?
  4. superdudeo thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2010
    mmmm, they still haven't ironed out this iCloud. You cannot restore from iCloud through iTunes and setup assistant didn't offer the option. Had to restore the phone twice. A very basic omission.

    Also, it takes ages to restore this way
  5. austinguy23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    You may have too much to back up. If you have too much to back up it won't do anything. That's my situation.

    Also, are you sure you have iCloud Backup enabled?
  6. marcello696 macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2010
    I did a restore from iCloud and it worked flawlessly, had about 4gb worth of data
  7. kappaknight macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    Another question comes to mind - does it need to backup repeatedly overnight if you haven't unlocked the phone at all? My first thought is if nothing on the phone has changed, why back it up more than 1x?
  8. MaxBurn macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2010
    This plus I think once per calendar day.
  9. austinguy23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    It probably only backs up the delta from the previous backup.

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