Though Time Machine is the default backup software in macOS, a lot of people still want to back up their Mac to iCloud – the frequently used cloud storage service. Is this possible? Of course, yes. Apple allows users to back up their data via iCloud in a few steps. MiniTool Solution provides this article to teach people how to back up Mac to iCloud in detail.

iCloud is a famous cloud storage and cloud computing service designed by Apple. It owns over 850 million users because it’s very convenient: users can access iCloud from any of their Apple devices and they are able to manage iCloud in easy steps.

All the data saved in your iCloud Drive will stay up to date on and across all of your Apple devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and even PC. With an iCloud account, you can have your important data on the go: photos, videos, documents, mail, calendar, and so on. That’s why people want to backup Mac to iCloud.

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How to Backup Mac to iCloud

How to back up Mac? The process to back up Mac to iCloud can be divided into two steps: preparation and Mac backup.

Note: The following steps show you how to backup Mac/how to backup MacBook to iCloud.

Step 1: Preparations

What you should do before starting the backup on Mac:

  1. Check if your Mac is running the latest macOS. If not, please update it to the latest version.
  2. Turn on and set up iCloud on your Mac.
  3. Make sure you’re signing in to iCloud with the same Apple ID used on Mac.



  • You can also backup your iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) to iCloud: update iOS to the latest version -> set up iCloud -> sign in with the same Apple ID.
  • You should download iCloud for Windows to backup data if you’re running Windows 7 or a later system.

Click to see the system requirements for iCloud.

Step 2: Backup Mac

How to back up MacBook:

  1. Click on the Apple menu located in the upper left corner of your Mac screen.
  2. Select System Preferences from the submenu.
  3. Look for iCloud and select it.
  4. Type your Apple ID and the correct password to sign into iCloud. (This step is necessary when it’s the first time you are using iCloud.)
  5. Make sure the iCloud Drive option is checked.
  6. Select the types of data you want to save on iCloud from the list.
  7. Close the System Preferences window.
  8. The backup process will be started and finished automatically.

iCloud Drive


  • You can open Finder and iCloud Drive to move other Mac folders that didn’t include to iCloud.
  • You can also copy the data files you want to backup and paste them on the drive.
  • How to save photo library on Mac and back it up? You should open Photos and then choose Photos -> Preferences -> choose Download Originals to this Mac in the iCloud pane.

That’s all about how to back up a Mac yourself.

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Bonus Tip: How to Recover Deleted Files from iCloud

If you have deleted important data from iCloud by mistake, you must want to recover it. Here’s what you should do to recover lost data from iCloud:

  1. Visit from any one of your device.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Type the correct verification code to finish the Two-Factor Authentication.
  4. Click Account Settings at the top.
  5. Scroll down to look for the Advanced section.
  6. Click on the Restore Files link under it.
  7. Check the files you want to restore from iCloud. You can also check Select All.
  8. Click Restore and wait.

Restore Files

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