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iOS Tip: Setting up iCloud and Restoring your iDevice from it

My wife’s iPhone has been acting up lately. The battery has been draining faster than usual and overall just not right. So I decided I would wipe it clean for her and see if that helped before we traded it in for an upgrade from Verizon.
With the above said, I would love to show you how to setup iCloud and then do a restore from your iCloud backup.

This process is super simple and something that anyone can do with a little guidance along the way.

First we need to turn on iCloud and decide what we want to backup.

First step is hitting up the settings app:

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Scroll down to the iCloud button, tap that to open it’s opens.

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Once inside of iCloud you have a list of what you can sync with your iCloud account. But first you will need to sign into iCloud, you can use your iTunes account email. Pick out what you want to back up, Photos, Notes, Mail etc.

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Once you have selected what you want to backup/sync, you have to turn iCloud back up on. Scroll down to the bottom of the iCloud settings screen and click on Storage and Backup.

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On the above screen you are presented with your Storage options and the option to purchase more storage if you want. Under the Backup option, you have to turn it on! Tap to turn it on!

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Click okay to the pop up message.

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Once turned on, you are presented with the option to Back up Now along with when your last iCloud backup was.

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Now that iCloud is on and you have the option to backup to iCloud, you should backup what you choose. This can take anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours depending on what kind of goodies you have on your iDevice.

Now that you have a solid backup in the cloud, you can setoff on restoring your iDevice to factory settings.

Hit up the Settings -> General options page, scroll all the way down to bottom of the page and tap on Reset.

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You will want to select the option to “Erase All Content and Settings” to totally wipe your iDevice. This will take some time to do (around 10 minutes).

Once done you will be presented with a fresh install of iOS and can follow the on screen prompts to setup your iDevice.

Once on the Setup iPhone/iPadscreen presents itself, you will have the option to setup your iDevice as a new device or from a backup. Choose “Restore from iCloud Backup” to utilize your freshly backed up iCloud content.

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Watch as all of your settings are brought back to your iDevice. It’s magic and it’s super easy!

From now on all you have to do is sit back and relax, let iCloud do the work! If you have any questions or comments, do let us know below.

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