iCloud - "Documents & Data"

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by nickm81us, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. nickm81us macrumors member


    Mar 12, 2012
    Hi all:

    I was thinking about the option in iCloud settings to back up "Documents & Data" -- what exactly does that include? I know the description says "Allow apps to store documents and data in iCloud", but in other words, would this mean if I were to get a new iPhone, set it up as a brand new phone, reinstall the same apps, enable this "Documents & Data" option in iCloud, would all my app settings/scores and things be there waiting for me? Or am I just turned around on how that whole process works? ;)

    I'm using an iPhone 4 16 GB, AT&T, with iOS 5.1.

    Thanks in advance for any insight on this!
  2. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    They would be for any app that does that. Not all devs set up data in the cloud.
  3. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    What you want to do for that is iCloud Backup. Then you'd set up the new phone as a 'restore from backup' and you'd get this result.

    What 'Documents and Data' is for is syncing data across multiple devices at the same time. Like, an iPad and an iPhone.

    But whereas 'Backup' works for everything, 'D & D' only works for apps that have been programmed to do so. For me, right now, that's only 5 apps:

    iTunes Movie Trailers
    Doodle Jump

    So not a widely used feature yet. I suspect Mountain Lion will make it more popular once it interacts with people's Macs too.
  4. SimonTheSoundMa macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    To follow on. Let's say you play a game on your iPhone, then move to your iPad, you would be able to carry on from where you were in the game.

    The only other way is for the game to sync to a third party server.

    Same with other data, such as notes or drawing applications.
  5. nickm81us thread starter macrumors member


    Mar 12, 2012
    Interesting. That's good to know. To be honest, I was kinda under the impression that anything listed under the apps under Settings -> General -> Usage, then any of the Apps that listed "Documents & Data" would be backed up with iCloud.

    That really does make more sense though. Thanks guys. :)
  6. dholaday macrumors member


    Mar 27, 2009
    So what do I need to do to synch [backup?] a particular iWork document among my Mac, MacPro, and iPad - but not my iPhone?

    I don't want to backup everything.


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