“Always back up!” – is useful advice, which is rarely followed. A copy on your iPhone can help you save time and quickly restore data on any device or transfer information from one smartphone to another. This can be relevant when switching from an old iPhone to a newer one.
Here’s how to back up your iPhone and how to save or transfer your data simply and quickly.
Why You Need a Backup on Your iPhone
The smartphone is both a means to pay, a portal to the World Wide Web, a way to bet via a bookmaker, and a repository of valuable data: photos, notes, contacts, apps, and passwords. Backup was invented precisely to save these files.
In the case of the iPhone, this feature has long been associated with the iTunes program on computers. Many users are so used to this method that they are unaware of the existence of alternative methods.
But iTunes now only works on Windows computers, and in the macOS environment, the program ceased to exist a few years ago and became part of Explorer.
But Mac owners are left with backups to the cloud storage iCloud and third-party applications. These allow you to save important data the way you want. Let’s talk about each of them in more detail.
Backing up Your iPhone With iTunes
Although this is the oldest way to back up your iPhone, it has its own advantages. So, by backing up through iTunes or Finder in newer versions of macOS, you create a full-fledged snapshot of your smartphone.
The entire copy of your information is saved in one big file, which you can then transfer to another iPhone or to the same iPhone – if something happened to it and you had to reset it to factory settings.
Many users have used this method to keep copies of data since iPhone 4 or iPhone 5 for years – and always have, for example, a complete photo archive of the last 10 years at their fingertips.
- Connect your smartphone to your computer.
- Find it in the iTunes app or Finder – usually, all connected devices are displayed on the left side.
- Select which backup method you want – local or cloud – and click the “Backup Now” button. Here you can also encrypt local backups or delete the oldest backups.
This method, while considered the most complete, has drawbacks. Backups take up a lot of space in your computer’s memory – depending on your iPhone’s stock, that is, from 64GB to 512GB.
Connect your iPhone to your computer sometimes to back it up. It will be unpleasant to suddenly find yourself with a broken phone in your hands and remember that the last backup was made two months ago. The data of the last 60 days will simply be lost. But this problem is solved by automatic backups to iCloud cloud storage.
In addition, with such a copy you can easily transfer all the files and settings from the old smartphone to the new one – without bugs and delays.
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Backing up Your iPhone to iCloud
Backing up to iCloud won’t take a complete snapshot of your phone, but it will keep all the data you’ve come to rely on on your smartphones, like app and website passwords, saved tabs and bookmarks, last apps you used, saved games, documents in those folders, and photos in your media library. Only Face ID or Touch ID data and Apple Pay settings are not saved.
How to back up to iCloud?
- To set up a cloud backup, you first need to go into your smartphone settings.
- There, you need to find your Apple ID account settings at the very top.
- Next, you need to go to iCloud and select “Backup to iCloud”. After that, copies will start to be created automatically when you connect to the charger.
This way you can not only activate the copy but also check when the last copy was created, how much memory it takes up in the cloud storage and what exactly it contains. Here you can delete data from the copy that you no longer want to store in the cloud: for example, a copy of your media library with photos.
In the iCloud section, you can choose which data you want to keep in the cloud and which you don’t, including any apps you have installed on your smartphone. If you want, you can turn off saving passwords, email, and documents to iCloud Drive.
The main advantage of this method is that it automatically saves backups every time you connect your iPhone to the charger. If you don’t want automation, you can do it yourself on demand each time.
When you transfer your data to another phone or restore data on the same smartphone, you’ll get an exact copy of your last use. Even your open Safari tabs and all your smartphone settings will be saved there.