Last week we talked about backing up your iPhone, which, by the way, is a super important thing to do on a regular basis. If I ever lost all of the precious photos that I've taken at the Arboretum, I'd... I'd... well, I'm not going to let that happen, and neither should you.
Apple has made it ridiculously easy to back up your iPhone to the nefarious cloud that we've all heard about. In case the term "cloud" is confusing, it is really just a bunch of (land-based) computer servers that store your data, known to Apple's slick marketing and technical team as iCloud. Lucky for you and me, backup is done automatically on your iPhone through iCloud, usually an hour or two before or after midnight, but only if your phone is turned on, charging, locked, and Wi-Fi enabled. Apple even gives you 5GB of free storage space to welcome your data.
There is also the option of using iTunes that's installed on your computer to back up your iPhone as a physical backup to the iCloud backup. The iTunes backup is stored on your computer's hard drive, whereas the iCloud backup disappears into Apple's network of servers (iCloud) in distant lands of their choosing. My choice is to do both: Let the iCloud backup happen seamlessly on its own while you sleep, but do an occasional iTunes backup to your computer for your own piece of mind--which might help you sleep better.
But, of course, nothing is this simple, and little things always seem to get in the way. For instance, do you have iCloud Backup enabled on your iPhone? Apple's iCloud isn't going to do you any good if it isn't.
To check, tap: Settings > iCloud, then scroll down to Backup.
Tap Backup and make sure that the toggle is pushed to the right and the light is green. If it is, then you've been in business all along, and your most current backup probably happened around midnight last night. If it's off, turn it on, then tap the blue letters a bit further down on your screen that say Back Up Now. Be sure that you are logged on to a Wi-Fi network first. This will be your first backup, so it will probably take a while. After that, the automatic iCloud backup should happen each night while you sleep.
As always, you'll get the best information from Apple itself. Here is a link that will tell you more than you probably want to know.
Stay tuned for more tips about backing up your iPhone to iTunes and how to manage your Photo Library.