- All of my photos were not in photostream on my new device
- My apps did not automatically sync
- My music did not automatically sync
So I began to wonder and explore some apple resources and found out some information I wanted to pass along.
Did You Know-
- Your Photostream will only push out the last 1000 images you took. This sounds ridiculous to even mention, but my photo library is huge. I never deleted unwanted things because they were just stored in the Photostream. I was wrong. From now on, I will be more careful about keeping the 27 cakes my daughter saved from Cake Doodle when she was bored.
- Photostream does not push out or backup video. I was unaware of this until I accidentally deleted some video from my phone. I thought no problem it is in the cloud. It wasn't. After a lot of praying, resyncing, and restoring the video came back, I have no idea how, but I sure was grateful.
- Your Photostream will only show photos taken from the day you registered your device. For example, I've had my iPhone for about 2 years, the images I took on my iPhone prior to getting my iPad mini do not show up on my iPad mini in my Photostream.
- Your iCloud only backs up certain things. Your entire iDevice is not backed up. You have to go into settings and set up your iCloud. It only backs up iWorks documents. So beware if you are using Office, Haiku Deck or another tool.
- Finally, I picked back my iDevices up to the iCloud, but there is still a need to back up to a laptop. I don't trust the iCloud as much. It isn't simple to get my stuff. Maybe I just need some more education. When I lost my videos I used Wondershare data rescue. It searched my laptop for deleted items, but I couldn't figure out how to get it to search my iCloud for deleted items.
So here are my solutions for now, perhaps I making double work, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
- I am backing up my entire picture library to Flickr. Flickr will support video, you can share images with other, it integrates with many applications. For a small fee, you can have unlimited storage. I've lost photos before and it is heartbreaking. Flickr is my backup plan for pictures.
- Anything I really need is going in my Dropbox or Google Drive These two tools make it super easy to go between devices, they are free, and they integrate well with other applications.
- Finally I love Evernote. Check it out for note taking. I am also investigating Notability it comes highly recommended by several colleagues. One of these apps will assure that my notes are filed, synced, and organized on every device.
- I plan to add a reminder to my Outlook calendar to back up all my devices just like I back up my computer. With so much of my time invested on my devices, a crashed hard drive would be hard to take.