It is very important to ensure that you regularly backup critical things like contacts, mails and calendars on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Now, the question that comes to the mind is how to securely backup all of these important things on your iOS device, without using iTunes? Is there any automated way? Well, there is and that’s where Apple’s iCloud steps in.
Having the information backed up means you will never need to worry about losing your contact information, mails or calendars. Also you can sync all of them across your iOS devices, for example if you own an iPhone and want the same contact on your iPad, then this is also possible.
Backup iPhone Contacts, Mails, Calendar Via iCloud
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your device and tap on iCloud.
Step 2: From this iCloud screen, ensure that the Contacts, Mails and Calendars toggle is set to On.
Step 3: If you get a message saying that “Your contacts will be merged with iCloud”, then tap on “Merge”.
Step 4: That’s all you need to do. Now you can login to your iCloud.com account using the same login credentials as of your Apple ID. Click on Contacts app and then you can see that your Contacts have started appearing.
If you are on iPad, then go to Settings app > iCloud and toggle On the settings that you want to backup. Here’s a screenshot to do the same on iPad.
When you want to restore your contacts, mails and calendars, simply login with your same login details and you will get back all your data. This method can also be used to sync contacts on all different iOS devices. For example, if you want your iPhone 5 Contacts changes to be reflected in your iPad, then you have to enable iCloud Contacts in iPad also. Follow the same tutorial on your iPad also.
Just in case if you have only one device, then there’s no problem, you can still login to iCloud and see your contacts and other information anytime.
If you delete a contact in any one device that’s connected to iCloud, then that contact is deleted in all devices that are connected to it. You will have only one common contacts list.
With iCloud, you don’t even need iTunes to backup your contacts. All you need to do is to toggle the setting to On in iClouds and you’re taken care of.