How to Backup Mac to iCloud
Backups are becoming more and more vital to us. It is absolutely necessary to update and backup your Mac. Everything we create and store is finished on our computer. So, with that in mind, you have to backup your data constantly. Otherwise, you might lose it, and have to do the project all over again. The preferred way for most Apple users is to backup Mac to iCloud. And if you are long time Apple user, you probably know all the details how to back up MacBook to iCloud. However, for new users, this process can be challenging and tricky. With that in mind, we will talk about the process and explain it step by step, and also list some of the disadvantages of using iCloud for backup.
- Part 1: Why do you Want to Backup your Mac to iCloud?
- Part 2: How to Backup Your Mac to iCloud
- Part 3: How to Retrieve Lost Data on Mac
Part 1: Why do you Want to Backup your Mac to iCloud?
There are two reasons you want to create a backup of your Mac. The first one is safety, and the other one is ensuring a copy of the project you created.
One of the big misconceptions is that Apple devices, including a Mac cannot be affected by a virus or a malware attack. There have been many cyber attacks targeting Mac users in the past few years. And the result is damage to your system, and lost data. A backup will make sure that even if you lose data, you have it stored somewhere else.
Storing the data is the second reason why you want to backup your Mac. Imagine working on a big project that takes a couple of days to finish. End you accidentally delete or lose the data file. You certainly do not want to go over again. When you have copies of the data, you can sleep easy and assured nothing will be lost forever.
Part 2: How to Backup Your Mac to iCloud
Apple provides users with 5GB of free storage on the iCloud. You can always buy more space, and if you want to backup your Mac, you definitely need more storage. With that in mind, here is the step by step guide.
Step 1: Go to System Preference, and launch iCloud to begin the backup process.
Step 2: You will need to login. If you are using iCloud for the first time, the system will ask you to provide your Apple ID and password to sign in. If you have used iCloud previously, you will skip this step.
Step 3: At this point, you need to check the kind of data files you want to store and backup in iCloud. For example, you can enable data from Safari, Mail, Photos, Contacts, Notes, and much more. Check all the data files you want to backup, and then click on the "backup" button.
Step 4: During the process of creating backup iMac to iCloud, you can go to Photo Settings. There, you can turn on the options for iCloud Photo Library, iCloud Photo Sharing, and My Photo Stream. Doing this will give you access to your photos on different devices.
Step 5: As an alternative, you can use the dedicated iCloud Drive on your Mac. You can make a copy of the content on your drive to backup data files. You can also use the drag and drop method for moving and copying files on the drive as well.
Part 3: How to Retrieve Lost Data on Mac
We talked how to backup MacBook to iCloud, and now we will talk how you can retrieve data you've lost on your Mac. Any Data Recovery by Tenorshare can help you retrieve data no matter if it is due to file corruption (virus or software error), human error (format disk or delete accidentally), hardware failure due to disk damage or drive failure, or unforeseen event like sudden power cut.
Here is the step by step guide how to use Any Data Recovery.
Step 1 Download and install Any Data Recvoery on your Mac. Go to the main interface, and then select a location you want to recover. These include photo, audio, documents, video, email, or other, then click on "Scan".
Step 2 Now you will meet the scan process, this will take some minutes if your data is too large.
Step 3 After the scanning process is complete, you can click on specific file types to preview more details, then choose the one you want to recover after hit the button "Recover".