8. Backing up to iCloud

Before the advent of iCloud, backing up an iOS device meant physically connecting it to a computer running iTunes via a USB cable, then letting that connection make a copy of the contents of the device onto your computer. iCloud eliminates the need for that cable, because it allows you to backup the data on your iOS device over a Wi-Fi connection to the iCloud servers. It’s your choice: you can back up over Wi-Fi, or continue your backups via a direct connection to your computer. Naturally, if disaster strikes, you can also restore your data to an iOS device from a previous iCloud backup.

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