If you have an Apple device, iCloud is a great way to backup your entire device, as well as files, documents, images, and other types of data. This ensures that you have access to all of your crucial data from any location, even if the device you backed up from is lost.
For years, you could only back up your data on an iPhone via a WiFi network, according to Apple. Is it now possible to back up data using cellular data, and if so, how? That is what we will discuss in this article.
Can you back up content to iCloud over Mobile Data?
Yes, you can now backup contents from your iPhone to your iCloud storage using cellular data on your iPhone. Not only will you have two options for backing up your data, but if you believe your cellular network is faster than your WiFi connection, you may be able to back up your device in less time.
Note: You should not use this feature on a metered connection because there’s a potential your data consumption will exceed your preset limit, in which case you’ll be charged an additional fee for the extra data your iPhone used.
What do you need to use iCloud Backup over Mobile Data?
You can back up your iPhone onto iCloud over Mobile Data only if you meet the following requirements:
You own a 5G-enabled iPhone – iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max. Apple has confirmed on its official site that iCloud Backup through cellular data will only be “enhanced by faster 5G connectivity”. If you own an older iPhone model, you won’t be able to use the feature.
Your iPhone is running iOS 15 – The iOS 15 update brings with it the ability to enable iCloud Backup over Mobile Data. Because iOS 15 Developer Beta 1 is the only iOS 15 version now available, if you somehow installed the latest developer release, you will be able to use iCloud Backup over Mobile Data..
(Optional) You have an unmetered cellular data connection – Depending on what you need to replicate from your iPhone to the cloud, the size of your iCloud Backups may vary. Using a metered connection for backups may result in additional charges if your data usage exceeds your network’s limit.
How to Enable iCloud Backup over Mobile Data on iPhone
If you’re eligible for the iCloud Backup over Mobile Data functionality, it’s rather simple to use. Open the Settings app on your iPhone running iOS 15 and press on your name at the top of the screen to enable the functionality..
Inside iCloud, tap on the ‘iCloud Backup’ option.
On the next screen, enable the ‘Back Up Over Mobile Data’ toggle.
When you enable this option, your iPhone will use data from your mobile network to back up content to iCloud when you don’t have access to WiFi.
That’s all there is to it when it comes to backing up to iCloud using mobile data.