Nothing is more important than your iPhone these days. We repeat: nothing. OK, there are a few things we can think of (friends, family, general health and happiness), but where else are you gonna find those epic photos from your wild summer hols (y'know, the ones you couldn't post on Insta)? If your iPhone is broken or lost, your world doesn't need to be - and you won't lose all your contacts, either. Here's what you need to know about backing up your iPhone.

We’ve all been there: the awful dread-filled moment when you realise your iPhone has been lost, stolen or damaged and you have no backup plan, and no actual backup.

From the last photo you took of Dusty the cat to your epic Magaluf weekender last summer, it’s all gone. Lost forever. Kaput.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Gone are the days when backing up your phone meant plugging it into a computer, pressing a backup button, and waiting 100 years for it to finish doing its thing, all the while being extra careful not to touch the wire in case you interrupted the backup and had to do it all over again. Ugh.

These days, backing up your phone can be completely automated and you can even do it while you sleep. So no more excuses.

It’s all about backing up to ‘the cloud’

Firstly let’s get something straight – backing up to ‘the cloud’ is the only way to go. That 250MB hard drive you bought in 2009 with half your student loan? It’s dead to you now. Abandon it like last night’s cold cheesy chips. (Disclaimer: don’t actually abandon it, be sure to wipe any data before getting rid of it.)

Backing up to the cloud is easier and safer than backing it up to another device, especially if that device is kept in the same place as your iPhone 7 or iPad.

Backing up to the cloud means your files will be stored on the internet, so they can be accessed by you from anywhere, and even if all your devices are destroyed (think flood, fire, rocker-esque hotel room incident), your memories and important docs will be safe.

iCloud is your friend

While there are lots of cloud backup options, Apple have made this exceptionally easy for iPhone users with their integrated iCloud tool. iCloud stores your photos, contacts, reminders, notes and more in the cloud, and is linked to your Apple ID. It backs up automatically whenever it’s plugged in and connected to WiFi, so most of us will enjoy a nightly backup.

You’re given 5GB of storage for free, and can buy more as you need it. 50GB costs £0.79 per month, 200GB is £2.49 per month, and 2TB is £6.99 per month which you probably need as you can store a whopping 256GB on your new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X.

Forgotten your phone and need to call your mate about drinks tonight but don’t have their number? iCloud has your back. You can access your contacts (plus photos, notes, reminders and files) at www.icloud.com.

Lost your phone somewhere on the way to work? Hello again, iCloud. You can use icloud.com to locate your phone using  ‘Find my iPhone’.

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How to set up your iPhone’s iCloud backup

Setting your iPhone to backup using iCloud is super easy.

1. Go to the ‘Settings’ app > [Your name] and tap iCloud, or, if you’re using an older version of iOS, scroll down to ‘iCloud’ in the settings menu

2. Click on iCloud backup

 

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3. Toggle the switch to ‘On’

4. You will see when your last backup was at the bottom of the screen. If it was a while ago or um, never, click ‘Back Up Now’

 

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You’re all set. Your iPhone will backup automatically each day as long as you have enough storage left and your phone is on WiFi and connected to a power source.

 

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