How To Backup iPhone


GONE ARE THE days of Not Needing a Smartphone. Your iPhone is so much more than just a screen for texting and Angry Birds. Today, smartphones are how we get work done, stay on top of the crazy news cycle, rock out, stay in touch with friends and family, and capture life’s most important moments. Carrying all of that information in our pockets is incredibly powerful, and it makes getting through our days a little easier. It also means that our most important data can easily be lost when you forget your phone on the train or have an unfortunate spat with a pool of water.
If you want to avoid frantically trying to recover the best shots from your weekend in Cabo, you’ll need to back everything up. There are a few ways to do this, and which one you choose will depend on your needs and habits.

Up in the Clouds
Your easiest option, and Apple’s first recommendation, is to back your phone up to iCloud. The process is pretty simple: connect to Wi-Fi, go into settings, tap on your name, go to the iCloud page, and make sure the iCloud Backup switch is turned on so you’ll get automatic backups. If it’s off, you should hit the Backup Now button to make sure you’re taken care of right off the bat.

Apple gives users 5GB of iCloud storage for free, but that’s probably not enough to cover all of your data. You can buy more storage, but it adds up pretty fast. For data-heavy users, there’s a better way, and you can do it for free.

If your phone is loaded with pictures, songs, apps, and years worth of text messages, a basic iCloud backup isn’t going to cut it. If you have a computer with some gigs to spare, all you need to do is plug in your iPhone, install iTunes on your Mac or PC, and click a few buttons to make sure all your phones data is tucked away, safe and sound.

Once you’re plugged in, open iTunes and click on the name of your device (spice things up and make it something funny — mine is “Whatsapp Ricky”), and hit “Back Up Now” under “Backup and Restore.” This creates a backup of everything on your phone, including all your app data so you don’t have to log into all your accounts again, plus your home screen arrangement to save you from dragging a bunch of icons around to get it just the way you like it.

Protip: this method will let you create multiple backups, so don’t panic if you need to find some info from a few months back. Just dive into iTunes preferences, click on the Devices tab, and you’ll see a list of every backup for your devices. As long as the one you need is there, you can go back to your device’s page in iTunes and hit “Restore from Backup” then pick the right one and you’ll be ready for a blast from the past.

One More Thing
We all take a bunch of pictures with our phones, and we want to be able to look back on those moments after they’ve passed. Backing up to iCloud or your computer will get the job done, but it doesn’t hurt to have a second place to save all your family photos and best vacation pictures. Google Photos is a great way to make sure your photos won’t get lost, since you get unlimited storage as long as you’re fine with your images being compressed. If you’d rather save them at full resolution, you can pay for a little more storage and save those crisp photos for access anywhere. As an added bonus, the app lets you clear your iPhone’s camera roll once all your photos are backed up if your phone’s low on storage.

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How to back up your iPhone or iPad

How do you make sure you don't lose your photos, messages, and other data? Back up your iPhone and iPad now!

Your iPhone or iPad store all your photos, messages, health data, documents, accessory setups, settings, and more. In other words, your memories and your preferences. Your data is important, even precious, and should be treated as such. The best way to secure your data is to back it up. You can back up your iPhone or iPad via iCloud, or directly on your computer using iTunes. Before you download any software, you should always back up your device. You should also maintain a regular backup routine, just in case something happens to your iPhone or iPad, like getting lost or stolen.
  • What is a backup?
  • How to enable iCloud backup on your iPhone or iPad
  • How to manually trigger an iCloud backup
  • How to enable iTunes backups
  • How to back up your iPhone or iPad manually via iTunes

What is a backup?

A backup of your iPhone or iPad includes your device settings, app data, Home screen and app organization, iMessages and texts, ringtones, your visual voicemail passcode, health data, and HomeKit configurations. Photos and videos are only backed up if you don't already have iCloud Photo Library enabled on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

You can use iCloud to back up your device, or you can connect to iTunes on your computer. It's up to you. The main difference is where your backups are stored. iCloud backups are stored in iCloud and iTunes backups are stored locally on your Mac or PC.

If you back up your iPhone or iPad using iCloud, you'll be able to access and them anywhere using Wi-Fi. If you back up your device using iTunes, you have to use the computer you store the backups on to access them.

How to enable iCloud backup on your iPhone or iPad

Using iCloud as a backup location for your iPhone or iPad is a great idea. If anything happens to your phone or tablet, you will have a backup you can access from anywhere with an internet connection.

How to choose what your iPhone backs up to iCloud

But before you can start backing up to iCloud, you have to make sure that iCloud backups are enabled on your device.

While turning on iCloud backup works much the same way as it previously has, iOS 10.3 introduces some new wrinkles into the process.

1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen.
3. Tap iCloud.

4. Tap iCloud Backup.
5. Flip the switch next to iCloud Backup on.
6. Tap OK.

iCloud will attempt to start a backup your data every 24 hours or so, as long as your iPhone or iPad is connected to Wi-Fi and plugged in to charge. Most of the time this will happen while you sleep.

If you've never backed up to iCloud before, the first backup can take a while. After that, iCloud will only upload the changes you've made since the last backup, which is much faster.

How to manually trigger an iCloud backup

iCloud backups should automatically happen at least once a day: They trigger when your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is plugged in and on Wi-Fi. That said, here's how to make sure you have an up-to-the-minute backup solution.

1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen.
3. Tap iCloud.

4. Tap iCloud Backup.
5. Tap Back Up Now.

Keep in mind: If you want to back up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud, you must first have an iCloud account and be signed in to it. If you don't and aren't sure how to make one, here's how to go about doing it.

How to enable iTunes backups

If you don't want to store your device backups in iCloud, you can store them locally on your computer instead.

1. Connect your device to your computer.
2. Open iTunes.
3. Click on the Device icon next to the category dropdown menu on the left side of the iTunes window.
4. Select Summary from the sidebar.
5. Select This computer under Automatically Back up.
6. Tick the box for Encrypt [device] backup to ensure that your passwords, health, and HomeKit data is backed up. You'll have to create a password to protect your encrypted backups. The password will be automatically stored in Keychain.
7. Click Done when you are finished.

How to back up your iPhone or iPad manually via iTunes

If you have enabled iTunes backups, your device will back up automatically when you connect it to your computer. You can also manually back up your iPhone or iPad if you want to make a new backup while it is still connected.

1. Connect your device to your computer.
2. Open iTunes.
3. Click on the Device icon next to the category dropdown menu on the left side of the iTunes window.
4. Select Summary from the sidebar.
5. Select Back Up Now under Manually Back Up and Restore.
6. Click Done when you are finished.

How to Back Up an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch Using iTunes

If you own an Apple mobile device, you have no excuse for not backing it up, because Apple gives you two very simple and free ways for duplicating and storing a copy of your information: iCloud and iTunes.

The benefit of backing up using iCloud is that it's largely automated and can happen wirelessly. The downside is Apple only gives you 5GB space for free, so if you need more, you have to pay for it.

With iTunes, you don't face quite the same space limitations. It creates backups of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch right on your computer. Therefore, the amount of space allotted to your backups is fully in your control. It's a slice of the free space on your PC or Mac. If you back up using iTunes, you can do it by connecting your iO device to your computer or by turning on wireless syncing with iTunes over Wi-Fi. Let's see how it's done.

How to Back Up iPhone or iPad Using iTunes
Before you make a backup of your iPhone or iPad using iTunes, it's a good idea to check whether you have the latest latest version of iTunes (go to Help > Check for Updates), but it's often not necessary.

Wireless Sync
Make sure iCloud is turned off. On your iPhone, go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup and toggle iCloud Backup to off. Then go to Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync, which will prompt you to connect your iPhone to your PC. Sign in to iTunes using your Apple ID, and look for the small iPhone icon.

In the menu that appears on the left, select Summary and scroll down to Options. Select "Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi" and click Apply on the bottom right.

Disconnect your iPhone from the PC; if your PC and iPhone are on the same Wi-Fi network, your phone should appear in iTunes and allow for wireless backups.

With a Cable
Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer and launch iTunes. Your phone will appear as a small icon up top.

Click that phone icon, and in the left-hand menu under Summary, click the items you want to back up. If it's music, for example, click Music and check the box next to Sync Music. Choose whether you want to back up your entire library or select tracks and albums. Click Apply and do the same for movies, TV shows, and whatever else you want to sync.

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