Preferred method of backup?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by eclipse01, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. eclipse01 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2011
    Eau Claire, WI
    Just wondering if most of you use cloud for full backup, if so...

    -Do you pay for the enhanced space for the monthy fee?
    -Do you backup more then one device on the cloud?

    Or do you use Itunes for backup?

    I have just my Ipad and Iphone on my Icloud, I use prime photos to store all my photos so photo backup is turned off, but I still seem to get storage space issues and REALLY don't want to pay monthly for more storage.
  2. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    For a measly $0.99 per month for 50GB (add'l 45GB) on iCloud, I figured might as well. My primary backup is via iTunes but it's good to have iCloud as an alternative.

    And yep, I've got 2x iPhones and 2x iPads that get backed up on the same iCloud account. I use iCloud Photo Library so backup size is around 1.5-2GB per device.
  3. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    Google Photos allows me to store my whole icloud backup using the free space only.
  4. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    I primarily use iCloud to back up everything. I can't remember the last time I used iTunes to back up my data. I also pay for the 50GB plan ($.99/month) since I have two iPhone's and an iPad that get backed up to the cloud. I try to offload my pictures once in a while to my MBP, but for the most part they are also backed up to iCloud.
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I let my iPhone back up to the Cloud while sleeping and once every two weeks I also back it up via iTunes.

    If replacing my iPhone I always use the encrypted iTunes to do the restore, it is quick and complete!
  6. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Yes. (1) iPhone 5, (1) iPhone 6s+ and (1) iPad Air 2.


    Periodically I back up to iCloud. It's easy to stay under the limit because for the most part I don't back up app data. Anything of value on my phone is stored elsewhere. Photos backed up to Dropbox, calendars are Google, Contacts are Google, app data I don't care about, email is IMAP, music is stored in Google Play Music and I don't care about text messages.

    95% of my photos are either screen caps or garbage pics taken to show something to someone else. They mean nothing. The pics that do matter I remove from my phone shortly after they are taken.

    So, quite literally I could lose everything on my phone and it wouldn't matter. Since my iPad and my iPhone 5 are secondary devices anything on those devices matters even less.

    I use iTunes to make backups when I expect to do something serious, such as before a jailbreak or a restore.
  7. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    Backup to local computer, the free 5gb iCloud acct is used strictly for contacts backup and misc small stuff.
  8. rugmankc Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    iTunes, CrashPlan, Carbon Copy Cloner

    Also, manually copy to an external Lacie HD

    I don't use the iCloud backup for much since it also takes up my MB storage space
  9. its Dale macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2013
    LA California
    $12 a year is not bad at all. I havent needed more than 5gb so far though...
  10. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    iTunes back up and iCloud for both my iPad and iPhone.

    I pay for the 50gb iCloud storage. That way I can keep all my photos on my Mac, on my NAS in a TM backup and in the cloud. No need to worry to much about losing them.
  11. getrealbro macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2015
    Since we live in a 3rd world country (AKA rural USA) our internet options are low bandwidth (256kB), capped or both. So we avoid iCloud for all but the most necessary items — email, contacts, notes, etc..

    Instead we use our iMac as both a Backup and App server. I periodically download the app updates with iTunes and then sync them wirelessly to our various iOS devices - 3 iPhones and an iPad. This reduces the bandwidth/time needed to download app updates by 1/4. And it assures that if we need to restore from backup it will contain ALL of the data on our iOS devices and it will take much less time than a download from iCloud.

  12. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Im old school. :)
    I just plug in to my computer and create periodical backups with my local iTunes library.
  13. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    Both for iPhone and iPad. Every night to iCloud. Every week or so to iTunes. haven't had to add storage to iCloud
  14. eclipse01 thread starter macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2011
    Eau Claire, WI
    You think that is old school, I used to (for a long time) drag and drop my photos into a folder, then sync via itunes.
  15. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    iCloud backup is turned off. I have a Mac Mini with iTunes that I backup my iPad and iPhone to. Google Photos is where photo storage goes to. You can set iTunes so it will automatically back up over wifi so I rarely have to connect them physically to the computer.
  16. iphonehype macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    iCloud. I don't have to think about it or do anything!
  17. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    I use both iCloud and iTunes backup. I think both are complementary.
    I also buy 50GB storage as it just costs me a tiny bit comparing Dropbox fee or OneDrive fee to expand storage.
    I only have one iPhone actively using but it takes me 6GB for an iCloud backup. I am not really sure why but I believe there must be something related to app data backup.
  18. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
  19. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    Yep, same. Except for being on my Mac.

    And that's the way it'll stay until Apple offers an encrypted cloud backup where they don't have a key.
  20. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    I use both iTunes and iCloud backup (I paid the 99c a month tier).
    iTunes backup is quicker when I am in front of my Mac containing the backup. But having 1 backup is not enough. You have to have two backups on two different medium (in this case, local and cloud). Considering the inexpensive price, I picked iCloud.
    I have my old iPhone 5, my 6S, and my iPad mini 2 backed up this way.

    As for photos, iCloud makes it seamless to backup and enjoy my photos across my Apple devices.
  21. Devyn89 macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2012
    I have one iPhone and an iPad that I back up to iCloud as well as my photos. I pay $1.29 Canadian a month for 50GB of cloud data.
  22. Will22 macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2011
    For £0.79 a month I use iCloud, no hassle and no need to do anything.
  23. BearBert macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2015
  24. Fuyuanhuihaoxiao Suspended

    Feb 4, 2017
    same here

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