iCloud sync or Wifi sync

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by vanfanel1, Oct 13, 2011.


Which is your preferred backup

  1. backup through iCloud

    3 vote(s)
  2. backup through itunes (wifi/wired)

    12 vote(s)
  1. vanfanel1 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
    Just curious but what is your preferred method of backup. Syncing to itunes via wifi or icloud.
  2. applefan289 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    I currently have it set to iCloud backup, but I kept the last backup I did on iTunes just in case.
  3. downingp macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2006
    If we backup to icloud, does it back up EVERYTHING on the iPhone or just the settings, data, etc? The reason I ask is if I have 20 gb of just music not bought from the iTunes store, there is no way I will be able to do backups with the limited icloud space, right?

  4. dojoman macrumors 65816

    Apr 8, 2010
    You cannot backup music to iCloud. iCloud backup is just like iTunes backup, it only backs up apps database and your phone settings. You're thinking of syncing. When iTunes match comes out you can dump all your non iTunes music to iCloud then you should be able to completely redownload all your music to your device. For now you still have to sync with iTunes.
  5. downingp macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2006
    Oh ok, thanks for the explanation. I guess since there is a poll there is no way to do a WiFi sync and an iCloud sync so if my iTunes Wi-Fi sync is turned on in the general settings, does that mean I can't do an iCloud sync even though that feature is turned on in the icloud -> storage and backup menu?
  6. BergerFan macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2008
    Mos Eisley
    Maybe it's my average connection, but iCloud backups seem to take twice as long as local.
    I have mine set to local by default, and will backup via iCloud, once a week.
  7. dojoman macrumors 65816

    Apr 8, 2010
    You cannot have both iTunes + iCloud backup. If you turn off iCloud backup on your device. iTunes backup will automatically turn on. I'm not sure how the computer knows you did turn off is beyond me but that's what happened to me last night. But my iPad was on Wifi network so iTunes knows what you're doing. iTunes won't backup at all if you have iCloud backup on. What you can do is do iCloud backup once and let it backup and then turn off iCloud back up then do iTunes. Now you should have both backup.
  8. TheNinjaJedi macrumors regular


    Jul 16, 2011

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