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Old 02-16-2019, 08:51 AM
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Persuade me to back up my iPhone to iCloud


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Old 02-16-2019, 08:56 AM
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My advice? Don't back up your phone at all. That way, when you lose it, you're forced to start from scratch. You lose all the accumulated detritus, all those phone number of people, some of whom no longer work at your company, some of whom are dead. Think of it as a blessing in disguise.

In fact, make a point of using the phone without a case and be sure to use it when standing at the edge off a cliff, preferably while your hands are covered in butter from popcorn. The sooner you lose your phone, the sooner you get to buy a brand-new one.

Or you could back it up, perhaps to the iCloud, where the backups are automatic and free, if you've got less than five gigabytes of photos and other data to back up.

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My advice? Don't back up your phone at all. That way, when you lose it, you're forced to start from scratch. You lose all the accumulated detritus, all those phone number of people, some of whom no longer work at your company, some of whom are dead. Think of it as a blessing in disguise.

In fact, make a point of using the phone without a case and be sure to use it when standing at the edge off a cliff, preferably while your hands are covered in butter from popcorn. The sooner you lose your phone, the sooner you get to buy a brand-new one.

Or you could back it up, perhaps to the iCloud, where the backups are automatic and free, if you've got less than five gigabytes of photos and other data to back up.


Hmmm... effective use of sarcasm. Very persuasive. [I actually do back my phone up to iTunes, for whatever that’s worth.]

Anyone got a counter argument (sarcastic or not)?


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Old 02-16-2019, 09:36 AM
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What are your concerns? 50GB costs $1 per month. It's pretty much seamless, although I have never used it for photos so I can't speak to that.

The alternative is to back up less frequently via iTunes to a computer, with the computer's hard drive then backed up somehow.

I find that iCloud Drive is also extremely useful if you also have a Mac computer. It syncs files on your computer(s) to the cloud, and you can then access any file on your computer from your phone. I use this facility all the time, it means I don't have to worry about always having my laptop with me when I might need to pull something up.

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Old 02-16-2019, 09:41 AM
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If you're already backing up to iTunes (and that computer, in turn, is backed up), there's no need to do it to iCloud.

The iTunes backup is actually better, if you turn on the option to store them encrypted. It'll keep things like passwords and keys that aren't stored to iCloud backups. That matters a lot less these days than it used to (the keychain ITSELF is stored to iCloud), but it still means some stuff on the new device will work without having to re-enter as many passwords.
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Old 02-16-2019, 12:34 PM
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The only thing I care about on my iPhone is the photos, and those get backed up to my Mac.
Everything else that is important is either synced (like iCloud Keychain and address book), or is re-downloadable.

So, I don’t see the point in backing up to iCloud, although I can see where it would be a good option for some people.
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Old 02-16-2019, 03:34 PM
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I back mine up, and sync my iMac too. I can open the iCloud web site on any PC and access all the base apps. It's very useful and trouble free. I hate fiddling with things like these, and still it was a win for me.
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Old 02-16-2019, 05:42 PM
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I back it up to the cloud. I like having things like photos and contacts synced between devices. More importantly, if I have to do a factory reset (it's happened) or switch to a new device, it's easy to get everything up and running again.
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:58 PM
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I back mine up, and sync my iMac too. I can open the iCloud web site on any PC and access all the base apps. It's very useful and trouble free. I hate fiddling with things like these, and still it was a win for me.
Right, but that's iCloud (the suite of stuff that's hard to live without in the Apple world), not iCloud Backup (which is just a backup solution and entirely optional). Same thing for Sunny Daze. Contact sync, photo sync, browser bookmark sync, and access to the apps is entirely independent of iCloud Backup.

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