iCloud backup information

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by NickSus, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. NickSus macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2011
    Okay, please bear with me as I am a new iPhone user.

    First, a little background info(I do NOT have a .me account if that matters)..

    In iTunes, I have my iPhone options checked as follows:

    Backup to iCloud
    Sync phone over WiFi

    When I connect to WiFi, it opens my iTunes and automatically syncs all of the new things (apps, music, etc.) and I'm cool with that. My concern is when I am also connected to WiFi, it automatically backs up to iCloud.

    Now, what exactly is backing up to iCloud? I only have Contacts, Calendar, Photo Stream, and Find My iPhone checked on my iCloud settings since there's no need to sync my mail (I am using gmail. Why backup my mail when I can just log onto google.com and access it? It'll always be there on their servers).

    So my questions are, 1) does the "back up" include those 4 options AS WELL AS an ENTIRE backup of the idevice? I just want to make sure that if for some reason I need to do a system restore or get a new phone, if I restore via iCloud, will it basically take the phone from new and empty to exactly how I have it right now? I understand that if I did have to get a new phone, syncing it with iTunes would give me back all of the apps and music, but does iCloud take care of the rest (pictures, videos, app data, contacts, calendar events, etc.)??

    2) Also, is the iCloud backup the EXACT SAME as the "backup to this computer" option? I ask this because on iCloud, it says that my phone's backup is 91.3MB but when I backed my phone up to my computer, the folder that contains the backup is only 53MB. Since there's obviously a difference in size, what else is backing up to iCloud that isn't backing up to my computer??

    I know this may be a stupid question thus why I started this off saying I'm new to iPhones, but I just need some input so I know what settings to use. Thank you for putting up with my lengthy post.

  2. NickSus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2011
    NVM about the second question. I went and turned off/deleted the iCloud backup, then turned it back on and backed it up again and now it's size is at 53MB just like the computer backup. So I guess the space differential was just from old apps or something.

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