One of the simplest ways to back up your Mac is with iCloud Drive
and iCloud Photos. Together these keep online copies of:
- Files on your Desktop
- Files in your Documents folder
- Pictures and videos in the Photos app
To check that your desktop and documents are being backed up:
- Click Apple menu > System Settings.
- In the sidebar, click your name or picture.
- To the right, click iCloud and then iCloud Drive. Ensure it’s turned on.
- Next to Apps Syncing to iCloud Drive click Options.
- Ensure that Desktop & Documents Folders is ticked.
- Click Done.
To check that your photos are being backed up:
- Open the Photos app.
- From the menu, choose Photos > Settings.
- Click iCloud.
- Ensure iCloud Photos is ticked.
Consider combining iCloud with a local disk backup using
In the same way that it’s wise to test your smoke alarms, you might want to do a drill now and
then to be sure your iCloud backups really are working. The best way is to check the iCloud
website, which gives you a direct view of your online storage as opposed to the local data on
- Open a web browser, like Safari.
- In the address bar (at the top) type icloud.com and
press Return on your keyboard.
- Sign in using your Apple ID (the email address you used when you set up your Mac) and its
- If prompted, use your iPhone, iPad or another Mac to approve the sign-in. It will generate
a one-time passcode to type in the spaces
- Click iCloud Drive.
- Check that a document or other file you made recently is present.
- Go back, click Photos, and check that your most recent photo or video is