iCloud backup alternative

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by yondertwins392, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. yondertwins392 macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2014
    So is there a better iCloud backup alternative out there? So far iDrive is the only one I've come across that suits the bill $6/year for unlimited storage and up to 5 mobile devices. We have 2 iPhones and an iPad that we want to backup on the cloud but don't feel like spending on iCloud, looking for alternatives. Most importantly; secure secure secure, reliable, and easy to use but able to control it the way I want it to.
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    If you want fast and easy just do a local itunes backup.
    Uploading many GB's of data on a remote server takes a very long time.
  3. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    iDrive seems (based on what I'm reading just now) to only do documents. Is that what you want? iCloud will do that plus everything you need in terms of backing up your entire phone and settings.

    For photos and files I just used drop box myself. I think a free account can get you about 15 gigs of data? I have the account since it was invite inly and my total is 20gb. Works well for what we use it for.

    I recently started using Flickr as my camera backup solution. 1TB free for pics and videos. I pop open the app once a week or so to make sure things are uploaded.

    iCloud is the only really seemlesd option that in aware of (it will just do all of these things when on wifi and plugged in), but I'm not willing to pay $40+ a year just for the functionality.
  4. yondertwins392 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2014
    Some interesting options. Well we do have a Synology NAS that we do use to automatically backup photos and music, but unfortunately they don't offer local cloud backups which is why we are looking for iCloud or alternatives. We have considered iCloud but the problem is I have my own account and my other half has his own iCloud account, not sure how that would work if we do end up paying the $1/month for 20GB. We want seamless backups of our mobile devices to include messages, settings, apps etc. We know iCloud would be the easiest, but I don't want to pay $1/month for each individual device since we have separate accounts.
  5. groggy2333 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    I thought I saw an article on iDrive not too long ago. The price is great compared to other mobile backups for what you get. I think it's a good deal. I too have considered jumping on the bandwagon and doing cloud backups. I just feel weird about having all my information on someone elses servers, no matter how secure it is.
  6. EDH667 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2009
    Northern California
    For your backup needs the included free 5GB of data for each of you should be enough storage space. Go into you Settings, iCloud, Storage, Manage Storage and clear out old (no longer owned) device backups if you need to free up some iCloud storage space.
  7. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

    Tobias Funke

    Apr 3, 2012
    I agree.
  8. groggy2333 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    I don't think she is wanting to do local wired backups, why else would she be asking for cloud backups? But yeah I didn't even think about that, if you're backing up photos and videos locally to your NAS, then the 5GB of free storage should defenitely be enough storage to backup your phone. Although mail could take up some of that 5GB of space.

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