The iCloud service makes copies of all the files that have been saved and keeps them safe. But having your files safe and having them available are two entirely different concepts. So to stay on the safe side, it is better to have a backup of the files that you are about to save in iCloud.
The method of backing up Calendars from your Mac
- Firstly, launch the Calendar.
- Choose the Calendar that you would prefer to have a backup.
- Then, from the menus, click on File, Export, Export.
- After that, with the help of the saved dialog box browse to a place on your device to keep the backup.
- Press on Export option.
- The chosen calendar shall be stored in ‘iCal (.ics) format’.
Note: You can do the above steps for as many calendars you would like to have a backup.
The method of backing up Contacts
- Firstly, launch Contacts.
- Note that if the Group sidebar is not shown, ‘choose View, Show Groups or View, Groups’ from the menu.
- Press on the ‘Contact group’ for which want to have back up. I suggest you press on the ‘All Contacts group’ for staying at safe side.
- Click on File. ‘Export, Export vCard’ from the menu.
- By using dialog box choose the place to keep the backup.
- Lastly, press on Save.
The method of backing up Contacts from iCloud
- Firstly, launch Safari.
- Then, visit the iCloud website.
- After that, sign in to iCloud.
- Note that on the iCloud web page, you need to press on the Contacts option.
- Next, in the ‘Contacts sidebar’, choose the’ contact group’ that you would prefer having back up. Frankly, suggest you pressing on the ‘All Contacts’ group to stay at the safe side.
- Press the symbol of gear. It will be placed at the end.
- Then, click on Export vCard.
- Note that all your contacts shall get sent to a file in your Downloads. And Mac’s Contacts applications by itself ask that whether you would like to import the above file.
- Lastly, you can stop the Contacts application on your device without the file.
Creating a backup schedule
It will be better if you prefer backing up iCloud data on a daily basis. This can be done by you at the number times you change Contacts and Calendar information. I consider this as a part of my regular device maintenance.
Ava Williams is a McAfee product expert and has been working in the technology industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Emma has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as mcafee.com/activate.