Recently we have had several students and families inquire about the use of iCloud to back up the images on their iPad Camera Roll. One reason being that if, for whatever reason, an iPad device is needing to be restored, is lost or even damaged beyond repair, then those images are lost which can be quite a pain!

Below are some basic instructions, as well as some extra information, on how to use the 5GB of FREE cloud storage you receive when you use your Apple ID to sign in to iCloud.

Firstly, to view your iCloud settings to see exactly what you are syncing to the ‘cloud’, you need to go in to your Settings and tap on iCloud.

From here you will then see all items that are checked, or turned on, that are being synced across different devices you own as well as to iCloud. Why is this a good thing? If you lose your iPhone/iPad for example then all items in your Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari, Notes, and Passbook are backed up and not lost forever! Also, the feature that I love, is that if I create Reminders or Notes on my iPhone, they will be synced and pushed across to my iPad device. Very handy feature to ensure I am not jumping from iPad to iPhone and vice versa.

As you can see below, one feature that is a MUST to be turned on is the ‘Find My iPhone’ Feature. For this to work you also need to turn on the ‘Location Services’ feature in your Privacy settings and once in that, activate ‘Find My iPhone’. We have used this at MLP12C to recover several missing iPad decvices.

One major feature of iCloud apart from the backing up and syncing your Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari, Notes, and Passbook, is the Photos feature for the saving and backing up of all of your images. A great here is that even if you decide to use ‘My Photo Stream’ to back up your images, this WILL NOT count towards to your 5GB of cloud storage!

As the image above shows, when My Photo Stream is turned on, images taken on one particular device are also synced and shared across multiple devices. This is only the case if you are using your Apple ID on more than one device, as well as have iCloud turned on on both devices. This means if I take a photo on my iPhone, and all iCloud and Photos settings are turned on multiple devices I own or are part of my Apple ID, then that image will appear on those devices in the Camera Roll.

This can be a great thing! Yet can also cause headaches if people in a family are using different devices yet sharing Apple ID accounts. Images taken by one person, say on an iPad, can be seen on other devices using the same Apple ID.

So. The choice is yours! If after all of this you’re thinking ‘My Photo Stream’ and iCloud are not for you, then here are a few other methods for backing up images taken on iOS devices.

1. Use another cloud based storage site such as Dropbox or Box. These are easy to set up, free (giving you limited storage) and easy to use.

2. Use a Dedicated Photo cloud storage solution such as Picassa (Google) or Flickr. Flickr gives you 1TB (1000GB) of free photo storage space! That’s anything from 1 million to 10 million images!

3. Connect your iOS device to a Mac or PC and back up your data, including your images, that way. In saying this, ALL iOS devices should be backed up at some point to a Mac or PC.

We hope this information helps! If you are however after more information, head to the Apple Support FAQ Site below!