How to Make Sure Your iPad Backs Up Automatically to iCloud


One of my readers recently wrote to me for help with an alert message he had on his iPad. He was getting a notice that his iPad had not been backed up for 8 weeks. Your iPad will back up to iCloud automatically if all the following conditions are met. Your device must be:

1) plugged in to a wall outlet/power source.
2) connected to a Wi-Fi network.
3) locked and inactive.

These 3 conditions are generally met overnight while you are sleeping.

For more information on iCloud backups and alert messages, see this article from Apple.


About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, helps others make sense and make use of digital tools through his work, websites and social media. He has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. His latest venture is Teach About Tech, a resource marketplace for technology trainers.