You did not miss an option, there is no checkbox you can enable to move data from you local machine to the cloud.
There are however a lot of possibilities, depending on you use case:
- use excel exporter/importer, see the marketplace for relevant modules
- use rest service/odata to move data
But in most use cases it is not worth the effort to implement these ways of moving data. We just create the basic configuration data by hand and make sure we do the entry of the real data in the published version of the app.
I hope this helps,