What benefits do I get from syncing and backing up on itunes?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by raptorstv, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. raptorstv macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
    Just got my iphone... Eerything is backed up to icloud... Whats the extra benefit with syncing it to my MBA?
  2. jekyoo macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007
    Faster restores since iCloud replies on Wifi.

    If you take a lot of photos and put a chunk of music on your iPhone, I would do an iTunes back up. I found that the standard 5gb of storage isn't enough to back up my photos.
  3. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Ugh. I got so tired of maxing out my 5GB of iCloud storage. So I started backing up my iPhone 5 and iPad 3rd gen to my iMac. Got it setup for Wi-Fi syncing, so it's not too shabby.
  4. ChakaChaka macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
    Apps that are no longer available in the App Store will not restore from iCloud. I have the itether app and keep a backed up copy to my laptop.

    If you have apps such as vlc player, handylight, and itether I strongly suggest you keep a backup file on iTunes
  5. Stark123 macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2012
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    IIRC only with iTunes Match. Info is on Apple's site:

    Consider the pros and cons on both sides. Local backups are faster to restore and aren't limited. iCloud offers 5GB by default but you can pay for more. You have to physically connect for local backups whereas iCloud backups are wireless (and backups are only good if you regularly perform backups).
  7. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2010
    You don't have to connect to a computer for local backups. Wifi sync performs a backup just as plugging it in does. It takes quite a while longer but you don't have to plug it in.

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