How to Backup iPhone
If you're upgrading your iPhone or want to keep your data safe in case your phone is lost or crashes, you should back it up first. Losing or damaging an iPhone that contains many of your most precious memories, as well as vital phone numbers, texts, and other data, can feel like a living nightmare. Since doing so will result in the complete deletion of all of your data. Because of this, backing up is a fantastic means of avoiding devastating data loss. This article shows you different ways to back up your iPhone as well as things you need to know about backup. Just keep on reading to find out.
What's a backup?
A backup, also called a "data backup," is a copy of the information on your phone or computer that is kept in a different place. You can use this copy to make sure you don't lose your data.
Any of the following things can cause data loss:
- hardware or software problems
- data corruption
- virus or malware attacks
- accidental data loss
Why do you need to back up your iPhone?
Every two weeks, you should back up your iPhone. This way, if things don't go as planned, you won't lose a lot of data. Having backups is very helpful if your iPhone breaks, gets damaged, or is stolen, or if you decide to switch to a newer iPhone.
It's worth your time to back up your iPhone. Whether you're getting the new iPhone SE or the green iPhone 13, updating to iOS 15.4, or getting ready in case your iPhone gets lost or stolen. Putting your important photos, videos, and text messages on a backup can save you a lot of trouble in the future.
Should you backup your iPhone via iTunes or iCloud?
You can back up your iPhone in two ways: with iTunes or with iCloud. When you back up iTunes, the files are saved on your computer. It is faster because the data is sent through a cable. With iTunes, you can save more data than with iCloud. It can hold apps, music, and videos that you haven't gotten from iTunes. It can store photos that aren't in your camera roll, your call history, and a few other things that iCloud can't.
An iCloud backup sends your data to Apple servers over WiFi and stores it there. On iCloud, you get 5GB of free space, but you can pay for more. It is only meant to store information that Apple thinks is important, like your Messages, Camera Roll, Account information, and Passwords, among other things you can change when you turn on iCloud backup.
We suggest that you back up your iPhone as often as possible through iTunes and keep a copy of the most important things on iCloud. The first time you back up, it will take longer, but after that, only the new files will be added, so it will go faster.
How to Backup iPhone
Backup iPhone with iTunes
To use iTunes to back up your iPhone, you need to have it installed on your PC or Mac. You'll also need a Lightning to USB cord to connect your iPhone to your PC.
1. Open iTunes then connect your iPhone device to a computer with a Lightning to USB cable.
2. A popup that says Trust This Computer? will show up. Tap on Trust.
3. If you're connecting your iPhone or iPad to iTunes for the first time, you'll see a pop-up that says "Do you want to allow this computer?" Click Continue.
4. Also, when iTunes shows you a screen that says Welcome to Your New iPhone, choose Set up as a new iPhone and click Continue.
5. Click on the phone icon in the top left corner, in the row below the menu options. It might take a while to show up. This takes you to the device's Summary page.
6. On the Summary page, choose This Computer and make sure the Encrypt local backup box is checked. This will let iTunes back up account passwords, app data, and game saves. Make sure that the encrypted backup has a password that is easy to remember, or it won't be useful.
7. Click the Back Up Now button to start the process of backing up. It could take a few minutes, depending on how much data you have on your iPhone.
When the process is finished, you can check to see if the backup worked. You can see when the last time you backed up was.
Backup iPhone with iCloud
1. Go to Settings.
2. Tap on [your name] then tap iCloud.
If your iPhone is running on iOS 10.2 or earlier version, go to Settings, scroll down, and then tap iCloud.
3. Tap iCloud Backup.
Tap Backup on iOS 10.2 or earlier then turn on iCloud Backup.
4. Tap Back Up Now to turn on iCloud Backup.
Make sure your device is linked to your Wi-Fi network until the process is done. The date and time of your last backup can be found under "Back Up Now."
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Backup iPhone with Mac
1. Use a cable to link your iPhone to your computer.
2. In the Finder sidebar on your Mac device, clidk your iPhone.
3. If you want to use the Finder to back up your iPhone, you need macOS 10.15 or later. If you have an older version of macOS, you can back up your iPhone with iTunes.
4. Click General at the top of the Finder window.
5. Choose “Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac.”
6. Select "Encrypt local backup" to encrypt your backup files and protect them with a password.
7. Click Back Up Now.
Note: With Wi-Fi syncing enabled, you can now wirelessly sync your iPhone with your computer.
Backup iPhone using your Windows PC
1. Use a cable to connect your iPhone to your computer.
2. In the iTunes app on your computer, click the iPhone button.
3. Select Summary.
4. Click Back Up Now.
5. Select "Encrypt local backup," type a password, and then click "Set Password" to encrypt your backups.
6. To see the backups on your computer, select Edit then Preferences then click Devices. In the list of backups, encrypted backups have a lock icon.
Note: If you set up Wi-Fi syncing, you can also connect your iPhone to your computer wirelessly.
So we've put together a list of different ways to back up your iPhone. Backing up your iPhone is a great way to make sure you don't lose any data. Now your data is safe and you can get it back if you lose it or it gets messed up.