Looking for a step-by-step guide on how to backup MacBook Pro to iCloud? You’ve come to the right place.
In this digitally driven world, our data is the most valuable asset. Be it pictures, videos, audio, documents, or any other file items, backing up your data on a time to time basis is crucially important. Losing your data is no less than bad news. But yes, if you have a secure copy of all your important files and stuff, you can still take a sigh of relief.
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Why Do You Need to Backup your MacBook Pro?
In case of system crashes, virus or malware attack, or be it any other potential threat, your data is constantly at risk. Isn’t it? It is a common misconception of individuals that Apple devices cannot be infected by a virus or malware. Cybercriminals can easily crack your MacBook and target your data. So, before you lose your data under any circumstance, make sure your data is backed up.
Well, thanks to Apple for offering iCloud services to backup your data. You can easily backup MacBook Pro to iCloud by following a few simple steps.
Let’s get started.
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How to Backup a MacBook Pro Device to iCloud?
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Step 1: Enable iCloud Services on your MacBook
Before we begin the backup process, first let’s make sure whether the iCloud service is enabled on your device. To turn ON iCloud on MacBook Pro, follow these steps:
Tap the Apple icon placed on the top menu bar, select “System Preferences”.
In the iCloud Preferences window, check on all the items that you need to backup, including Photos, Mails, Contacts, Reminders, Calendar, Safari, and so on.
By default, Apple offers you 5 GB of storage space to securely store your data on the cloud. So, backup all your important files and data, especially the ones that are most important. You can also choose one of Apple’s paid plans to upgrade the offered storage space.
Step 2: Enable Photo Stream
The next step to backup MacBook Pro to iCloud is by enabling the “Photo Stream” feature. By enabling the “My Photo Stream” feature, all your recent photos will be imported from devices that do not have iCloud Photo Library.
So, when you check on the “My Photo Stream” option, iCloud will automatically save your last 1000 photos for 30 days. Not just this, all your photos stored on iPhone or other iOS devices (Linked with the same iCloud account) will also be synced to iCloud even without connecting your device to MacBook.
And that’s it!
Also read: How to Backup and Restore Data from Mac?
How to Manage iCloud Storage Space?
If you’re running low on iCloud storage space, you can also buy additional space from Apple. To manage iCloud Storage Space on MacBook, here’s what you need to do:
Open System Preferences, select iCloud.
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Tap on the “Manage Storage” button placed at the bottom-right corner.
Hit on the “Change Storage Plan” option.
Choose a preferred plan and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
Also read: How to Wipe a Mac Hard Disk Drive
Q.1. How do I make sure my Macbook Pro is backed up to iCloud?
To backup MacBook Pro to iCloud, head on to System Preferences> iCloud. Make sure all the items are checked, including Photos, Notes, Reminders, Calendar, Safari, and so on. All the checked items will be automatically backed to iCloud.
Q.2. Does iCloud backup everything on Mac?
You can use iCloud for storing your photos, videos, notes, reminders, calendars, Safari bookmarks, and more. Although, to create an entire copy of your MacBook, use the Time Machine backup instead.
Q.3. How Do I do a full backup of my Mac?
To backup, your MacBook using Time Machine, open System Preferences and then select “Time Machine”. Tap on the “Backup automatically” option, select the drive that needs to be backed up and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
Here was everything you need to know on how to backup a MacBook Pro to iCloud. To backup your data, you can either use Time Machine, an in-built tool that automatically backs up your data, or use iCloud instead. Alternatively, you can also use a third-party tool to backup your Mac. A variety of tools are available on the web that can effortlessly help you get the job done.
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