Installing iOS 5 and all of its new features, including the iCloud, has become quite an ordeal.

On Oct. 12, a major traffic jam ensued due to the influx of individuals attempting to get their hands on the iOS 5 immediately after the release.  

This trouble continued into the night.

Now users are saying their iCloud backup has failed.

What gives?

Many individuals on the Apple Support Community discussion forum are complaining about this issue.

Keep device plugged in and allow for iCloud backup while connected.

BudgieUK gave some advice for the problem on the Apple forum, I sync'd my iPhone (with a cable) to my Mac, then on the main screen of iTunes selected the Back up to iCloud option (while the phone was still connected). Once this was done, I disconnected the phone, and the setting on the iPhone now shows that back up to iCloud is active.... however when I press the Backup Now button, the backup fails, so I assume it's a server overload problem.

Keeping your device plugged in while attempting to activate the iCloud seems to be the best solution thus far.

While your Apple device is connected to your computer, you can then manually turn on the iCloud backup through your iTunes interface.

Use your email address instead of Apple ID.

Others said that their Wi-Fi sync is not working correctly and that they cannot log in with their Apple IDS - or accounts.  

Sign out of iCloud, and when it asks you to sign in, sign in with your email address (not your apple id), and use your apple ID password, and you're in, responded John Laury.

Responder Mostatic1 wrote, The problem seems to be legacy .me accounts. Those of us with old Mobile Me accounts are locked out of iCloud on our phones.

One individual under the name Boogie99 reported that the problem was related to too much information on their iPad and not enough free space on the iCloud.

PCMag gives outlines steps to take to optimize your iCloud use by freeing up more space.

Turn iCloud off to avoid troublesome loop and begin using iOS 5.

Daniel Nations of said that users get stuck in a loop when selecting the Try Again option. Instead, to escape the problem, you can simply choose the option of canceling the iCloud backup. You can turn the iCloud off and attempt to turn it on again under the settings control iCloud.

The iCloud is not needed to run iOS 5. If you turn the iCloud off for the time being, you can begin using the system and reattempt backup at a less congested time.

Wait until traffic thins out.

The multitude of iCloud problems may go back to the issue of server overload.

This traffic jam seems to have continued to build since the release on Oct 12 and will probably continue into the weekend.

It is a wise move to wait until the bulk of individuals have already downloaded their software. The servers will remain tied up if everyone is downloading at once.

Gizmodo reports that Lion 10.7.2 is needed to get the full framework of the improved iCloud.

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