Back up with iCloud
By Martin Edwards
One of the simplest ways to back up your Mac is with iCloud Drive and
iCloud Photos. Together these protect:
- Files on your Desktop
- Files in your Documents folder
- Pictures and videos in the Photos app
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To check that your desktop and documents are being backed up:
- Click Apple menu > System Preferences.
- Click Apple ID followed by iCloud on the left.
- Ensure iCloud Drive is ticked.
- Next 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.
- Click Photos menu > Preferences.
- Click iCloud.
- Ensure that 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 iCloud storage, as opposed to the local data on
- Visit icloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID.
- Choose iCloud Drive and check that a document you’ve created recently is
- Go back and choose Photos, and check that your most recent photo or video is
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