Why Create A Backup?
You’ll never know when things will go terribly wrong, especially with these high-tech gadgets! This may be the worst case scenario but we need to make sure that all our data are safe even if our iDevices are stolen or we lose them.
Also, Apple releases several updates to its mobile operating system (iOS) and its a good practice to backup your device before updating to the latest iOS release.
Of course, upgrading to a new iDevice is inevitable and having a backup will make transfering all your data to the new gadget that much easier.
These are just some of the reasons why it is important to setup a backup for your device after getting them out of the box. This way you can be sure you won’t lose any of your app data, contacts, device settings, health data, iMessages and texts messages. Enabling iCloud Photo Library on your iDevice (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) and Mac will allow you to backup not only photos but videos as well.
Ways To Create Your Backup
There are two “official” ways to backup any iDevice – using iCloud and iTunes. You can also use both if you really want to be safe. The main difference between the two is where your backup data are store. When you use iCloud to backup, your data is store in a “cloud” (iCloud) storage. Using iTunes to backup your iDevice store the data locally on your PC or Mac.
You can access your backup from anywhere and anytime as long as there is internet connection if you used iCloud for backup. Creating your backup with iTunes, you can access your data using only the computer used to create the backup.
There are also third-party software which you can use to backup your iDevice if you so desire. Some of the software offer functionalities which iTunes lack. The main advantage of iTunes against these other alternatives is that iTunes is free.
For this article, I am going to show you how to backup your iDevices the quick and easy way.
How To Backup iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch The Easy Way
As mentioned above, you can officially backup your iDevice(s) using iCloud, iTunes or both. For this first procedure, we are going to backup your gadget to the cloud. Just follow the steps below to do this.
How to backup iDevice using iCloud
The “free” iCloud” storage is only 5 GB which is quite small if you own several iDevices. Because of this, it is recommended you choose which data will be included when you enable iCloud backup on the your device(s).
With that said, do the steps below to enable iCloud backup on your device.
Step 1. Connect your device to Wi-Fi network.
Step 2. On you device, go to “Settings” > “[Your Name]” the tap on “iCloud“. If you have iOS 10.2 or earlier version installed, then scroll down then tap “iCloud“.
Step 3. Tap on iCloud Backup. Again, if you are on iOS 10.2 or earlier, see to it that iCloud Backup is turned on.
Step 4. Tap “Back Up Now“. Do not disconnect from your Wi-Fi network until the backup process is done.
if you want to see that backup is working right you can go to “Settings” > “[Your Name]” > “iCloud” > “iCloud Backup”. Under “Backup Now” you can see the date and time of your most recent backup.
You can now let iCloud automatically backup your iDevice(s) everyday. Follow the procedure below to activate this.
Automatic iCloud Backup
Step 1. Connect your iDevice to a power source.
Step 2. Connect your iDevice to a Wi-Fi network.
Step 3. See to it that your iDevice’s screen is locked.
Step 4. Make sure that you still have available space in iCloud for the backup.
If you need more space for your iCloud storage, you can always buy more for your devices. Check you this link to get the current pricing for additional iCloud storage.
Watch the video below to see how the iCloud backup is done using an iPhone.
The same procedure can be used for iPads and iPod Touches.
Next, I will show you how to backup your iDevices using iTunes.
How to backup iDevice using iTunes
Check out and follow the steps below to create a backup of your iDevice using your PC or Mac and iTunes.
Step 1. Make sure you have iTunes installed on your computer. You can get the latest version here.
Step 2. Connect your device to your computer using the correct cable.
Step 3. iTunes should automatically open and it will detect your device. If it doesn’t, launch iTunes manually.
Step 4. You will be prompted for your device passcode or your will see a “Trust This Computer” message. Follow the steps onscreen.
Step 5. Choose your iDevice in the left side panel of iTunes.
Step 6. You need to “encrypt” your backup if you want to save “Health” and “Activity” data from your iOS device. To do this, just tick the checkbox beside the “Encrypt [Device] backup” in iTunes (see above). You will need a password for the encrypted data.
Step 7. Click on “Back Up Now” to start the process.
Step 8. When finished, you can see your latest backup in the “Summary” section of iTunes.
Step 9. Click “Done” and disconnect your device from your computer.
The video below shows how the backup is done using an iPhone.
Creating a backup of your data from any iOS device is easy when you follow the procedures outlined in this post.
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