Here’s how you can perform iCloud Backup over Cellular Data on iPhone

There are reasons why Apple didn’t introduce this feature earlier on previous iOS releases, but one of the reasons is because most people has limited Cellular data quota so to avoid accidentally backing up iPhone to iCloud over Cellular Data, Apple has never released the feature before. However now with 5G is significantly faster than Wi-Fi*, Apple has finally made the option to do iCloud Backup over Cellular Data to be available.

*- Depends on your broadband type, speed and Wi-Fi router.

If you are the select few people who has big data cap or with unlimited mobile data, here’s how you can do it.

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Here’s how to do iCloud Backup Over Cellular / Mobile Data on iPhone

The following steps are to be done on your iPhone and requires only 1-2 minutes.

1) Ensure you are on iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 or above.

The feature to perform iCloud Backup over Cellular is only available on iOS 15 (or anything above), so check if you meet the iOS requirement.

a) Go to Settings > General > Software Update.

b) Inside Software Update page, check if you are on iOS 15 or above. If it’s iOS 15 or anything above, then you are good to go. If not, tap the “Update” button to update your iOS to the latest version.

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Apple iOS 15. Image courtesy of Apple.

Depends on when you read this article, if you can’t find update to iOS 15, check out this article to enable you to update to iOS 15: I’m updating my iPhone to iOS 15 today and here’s how you can update yours too (iPad and iPod Touch included!) at JILAXZONE.

2) Ensure you are using 5G iPhone

The feature of backing up iCloud over Cellular is only available on 5G iPhone (regardless you are on 5G connection or 4G connection). At the time this article is written, the rumored iPhone 13 has not been released, so the only iPhone can do iCloud backup over cellular is the iPhone 12 families.

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5G Logo. Image courtesy of 3GPP, taken from Wikipedia (
At the time this article is written, iOS 15 is still in Public Beta status, so some features may not be final yet. I’m hoping the “iCloud Backup Over Cellular” feature can be made available across all iPhone models.

3) Switch on iCloud Backup Over Cellular / Mobile Data

a) Go to Settings. Tap on your Apple ID account on top (the one with your photo, name/initial).

b) Inside Apple ID page, tap iCloud > iCloud Backup.

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iCloud Backup Over Cellular / Mobile Data. Image courtesy of Reddit user u/masseyzac.

c) Inside Backup page, switch on “Back Up Over Cellular” or “Back Up Over Mobile Data”.

d) (Optional) Tap “Back Up Now” in case you want to straight away backup your iPhone to the iCloud.

You are all set!

Bring it all together

So now having the option to backup your iPhone to iCloud Backup over Cellular, you can always backup your iPhone whenever you want, wherever you want, so long there’s a cellular connection around, although I would recommend to keep the setting turned off if you are someone with limited cellular data quota or bandwidth and / or someone who wish to reduce & save your telco bill.

Check out here on how you can reduce & save on your telco bill while using your iPhone: Reduce & Save your Telco Bill using Low Data Mode on iPhone and iPad with Cellular at JILAXZONE.

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