How To Backup Stylebook With iCloud

Updated Dec. 2017
When you buy a new iPhone or iPad, you can easily transfer your entire closet from your old device using Apple’s iCloud backup and restore service! Below are step-by-step instructions on how to transfer your data along with some FAQ’s.
How iCloud Works
iCloud is Apple’s method of backing up your device data. It’s a the best way to move all of your apps, settings, data, wallpaper etc. to your new device at once. Note that Apple designed iCloud to retrieve your entire device backup, so you can’t selectively restore a single app. Once the restore is complete, everything on your new device will be identical to your old device on the date of the backup.
How Your iCloud Account Is Divided
Make Sure Your iCloud Backup is Set Up Properly First
Before setting up your new device, first double-check that your old device has actually completed a full backup. iCloud needs a wifi connection and you may not have been connected long enough for the backup to finish. You can check the last backup time and confirm that Stylebook is included in the backup in your phone’s Settings app.
  1. Open the Settings app (grey gear icon)
  2. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen
  3. Tap iCloud
  4. Tap “Manage Storage”
  5. Tap Backup
  6. In that list you should see both your old iPhone and new iPhone. Tap your old phone and look at the latest backup date.  If it says “Incomplete,” then your old device didn’t have enough time on wifi to make a backup and you must start a backup on the old device before you setup the new device (see below). You can see a list of apps on this screen as well – all included apps  will have a green toggle next to them.
How To Turn On Stylebook Backup

What If My Backup Is Incomplete?
If you have an incomplete backup and still have your old device, please open the iCloud backup menu on your old device and activate a backup by following these instructions while your phone is connected to a power source:

  1. Tap your Apple ID in the Settings app
  2. Tap iCloud
  3. Scroll down and select  “iCloud Backup”
  4. Tap Backup Now
When Can I Retrieve My Backup?
Apple gives you the opportunity to access your iCloud backup during the initial setup of your new iPhone or iPad. You can also retrieve it the first time you turn on your device after a reset.
How To Restore From iCloud and Retrieve Your Data 
  1. Turn on your iPhone for the first time (or after it’s been reset)
  2. Select a language
  3. Select a region
  4. Turn on your old phone
  5. Hold up your old phone so the blue circle lines up with the circle image on your new phone
  6. Enter your passcode
  7. Setup Face ID
  8. On the “Restore Apps and Data Screen” confirm that the default backup has a recent date and select the option to Restore from your old device’s iCloud backup (in the photo below, this is the middle option).
  9. Follow the rest of the setup, including terms and conditions, your wallet, Siri, etc.
  10. The “Restore from iCloud” bar will appear on screen. Remain on wifi while this takes place.
  11. All your app icons will say “Waiting…” – remain on wifi until they are all completely filled in.
  12. Tip: Apps are restored one at a time but you can tap apps that you want to restore first. Tap Stylebook if you want that backup to be restored right away.

How Do I Know It Worked?
Your phone will be setup exactly like the device your restored from on the date of the backup you selected. Your wallpaper will be exactly the same and your old apps will all be on the phone. If you restore properly, you won’t need to redownload any app you had on your old device.

What If The App Still Says “Waiting”?
If you leave wifi early you will interrupt the restore process. Once you reconnect to wifi, you can tap a waiting app icons to reinitiate the restore process.

How To Redo Your Restore
If you already setup your new phone without doing the restore or accidentally chose the wrong setting, you can restart the transfer process and try again.
  1. Before you try it again, make sure that your old phone actually backed up to iCloud (see above).
  2. Immediately redo your iCloud restore on your new device by following Apple’s iCloud instructions.  If you restart the iCloud restore process, we recommend that you follow the instructions above.
What If I Don’t Want to Use iCloud But Still Want a Stylebook Backup?
If you don’t want to use iCloud, you can also restore Stylebook from iTunes. Although we generally recommend using the iCloud backup (because you don’t need to remember to sync with your computer), you can use iTunes to backup and restore your data to your computer by following Apple’s instructions. Note that iTunes backups are only updated when you plug your phone into your computer and manually start a backup – unlike iCloud, which is automatically backed up every day.

8 thoughts on “How To Backup Stylebook With iCloud

  1. Nadine says:

    first I wanted to tell you that I tested all of the wardrobe organizer apps out there and stylebook is by far the best and most functional one! Thank you so much for your hard work.
    I still have a few questions. Are there any updates planned for the app with new features? For example multiple colors for one item or which year/season the item was bought and of course automatic sync for devices would be awesome… and maybe some cool features for bloggers. You could also publish a feature request on your website where users can vote for their most wanted features… 😉


  2. Emma says:


    Is there a way to share my packing lists on my phone onto my iPad?
    I can only figure out how it share clothes and individual items.

    Thanks 🙂


    • Stylebook Style Expert says:

      There are several screens that show iCloud information, so please make sure you follow the exact instructions in the tutorial above to make sure you’re looking in the right place. Also please note, you can only see a detailed list of the apps that are backed-up to iCloud for the device that you are using. So if you’re on your iPad you will only be able to see a complete list of specific apps for your iPad. You may have to select “Show All Apps” to see the whole list.

      If you want to double check that you have a current backup, please select the “backup now” option described above and then stay on wifi for a while. This will create a new backup of everything on your phone at that moment. I recommend doing this when you’re at home for the evening so it has enough time to complete.


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