Q&A June 2013

These questions were answered at the June meeting:

  • In the Finder, how can I open a folder in a new window?
  • How do I set up iCloud backup on my iPad, iPhone or iPod touch?
    Q. In the Finder, how can I open a folder in a new window?

A. Hold down the command () key while double clicking on the folder, this causes a new Finder window to open displaying the contents of the folder you clicked on. This can be very handy when organising files.

Q. How do I set up iCloud backup on my iPad, iPhone or iPod touch?

A. It’s important to backup your iOS device (iPad, iPhone or iPod touch) so that if it’s ever lost, damaged or stolen you can recover your data. Backing up to iCloud is a quick and easy way of saving a copy of your data to Apple’s servers and works even if you rarely connect your device to a computer.

For iCloud backup to work it must be enabled, your device needs to be connected to power (charging) and must be on a WiFi network. Bear in mind that if you tend to charge your device where there is no WiFi then this method won’t work.

A second option is to backup your device using iTunes when it’s connected to your computer with a cable. Apple has an article explaining the pros and cons of these methods.

Setting up iCloud backup

On your device:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Choose iCloud and then Storage & Backup.
  3. If iCloud Backup is OFF, switch it ON.
    Backups will then happen automatically once a day. If you want to backup immediately, choose the Back Up Now option.

Further details of what is backed up and how to restore your data can be found in Apple’s iCloud: Backup and restore overview article.