If you are an Apple product user (like myself) it can be confusing what and how to backup. I always tell people they have to figure out what is best for them, but this is what works for me.
What is iCloud?
iCloud connects you and your Apple devices. It puts documents, photos, notes, and contacts in the “iCloud” (which is essentially a computer somewhere else in an Apple building) — on whatever device you’re using. It lets you easily share photos, calendars, locations, and more with friends and family. It even helps you find your device if you lose it (which is one of the best features ever in my opinion). Don’t have an iOS device or a Mac? Your iCloud account still lets you create and share documents and notes using a web browser whether on a Mac or a Windows computer.
In my house we are a family of 5. Each family member has at least 2 iOS devices. You do the math. That’s a lot of devices! So, on all of our devices when you tap on “settings” then iTunes & App Stores you will find MY apple ID (email). On all of our many devices. Why? Because if my daughter downloads a song and I also want that song I am not paying for it twice (never mind more than that). This goes for movies, apps, etc. We all use the SAME Apple ID here. Now, where it says “iCloud” (pay attention, this is important) we each have our OWN Apple Id here. Why? Because my 16 year old doesn’t want to merge contacts with me (nor I with her) and we all don’t want to get each others texts, etc. Everyone has their own Apple ID here in iCloud.
As far as backing up to iCloud, this is personal preference. Again, I can tell you what works for me. On my iPhone when you tap “Settings” and then “iCloud” you will see things like contacts toggled “on”, safari, notes, keychain and Find My iPhone. That’s pretty much it. Backup is turned off. I have a lot on my phone and feel like we give Apple a lot of our money when purchase these devices, I refuse to give them any more. So I periodically backup to my computer. The old fashioned way in iTunes. Remember contacts are living in the clooud. I could log into my iCloud from the local library computer and my contacts will be there. That’s my main worry. Photos? I downloaded the Google Photos app and it backs up my photos and videos for FREE. Free unlimited storage.
That’s how we use iCloud in Techmom’s house.