How To Backup iPhone: All devices fail at some point, Technology is not reliable. Mobile phones are an integral part of so many people’s daily lives. It contains our photos, messages, documents, emergency contacts, settings, emails, etc.
In a nutshell, our mobile devices have just so much valuable data. Having an occasional backup of your iPhone is a good practice.
What Is The Meaning Of ‘Backup’
The dictionary simply defines a computer Backup as (computing) a copy of a file or record, stored separately from the original, that can be used to recover the original if it is destroyed or damaged.
What we mean by “backup” on iPhone is the storage of your iPhone, iPad, etc. data, including device settings, app data, Home screen, and app organization, iMessages and texts, ringtones, your visual voicemail passcode, health data, and HomeKit configurations.
The difference Between iTunes And iCloud Backup
The two primary ways to Backup, your iPhone, is with iTunes and iCloud. The difference between making a backup to iTunes and iCloud is this. iTunes provides you with a medium to Backup your iOS device
To your PC or Mac. Here your files are uploaded and stored locally and can be accessed without a mobile network connection. iTunes’ backups can be accessed only when you have access to your PC.
iCloud, on the other hand, is Mobile Data-oriented. The Backup is uploaded to online storage; every iCloud account has a 5gig space given to you on creation.
This is quite small if you have a lot of data. You could purchase more data space. With iCloud, you can access your Backup from anywhere in the world.
In a nutshell, You Backup your iDevice TO iCloud and Backup WITH iTunes. iTunes is a way to Backup your iOS device to your laptop, computer, PC, etc.
Here iTunes acts as a medium to transport your files to your PC. iCloud is a way to Backup your iOS device ONLINE and into Apple CLOUD servers.
SECURITY On iTunes And iCloud
Apple is one company I know that doesn’t joke with its users’ privacy. I recall a piece of news where the FBI pressured Apple to decrypt an iDevice due to a terrorist threat.
They turned the FBI down, thou the FBI still succeeded in decrypting it, Apple CLAIMED to have no hand it. So, storing your Backup on iCloud or iTunes is a good catch.
There’s a slight difference thou, iCloud by DEFAULT, is encrypted; you need to enable iTunes encryption manually. It is strongly recommended that you encrypt iTunes and check to make sure both are secured.
The difference is that iCloud has encryption enabled as a default, whereas it’s a feature that you need to enable on iTunes.
If you fail to do so on the latter, then not only will your information be vulnerable, but the iTunes backup will omit any activity, health, or keychain data.
Don’t trip; this article doesn’t focus on iTunes and iCloud alone, we dug up the best alternatives there is.
Method 1: Backup iPhone To iCloud
Before you start backing up to your iCloud account, you will have to enable your iCloud account. Due to storage capacity, iCloud doesn’t carry every data from your iPhone.
Note: You must have an iCloud account.
Here’s what iCloud Backup includes(visit Apple site for the latest news)
- App data
- Apple Watch backups
- Device settings
- HomeKit configuration
- Home screen and app organization
- iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages
- Photos and videos on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch1
- Purchase history from Apple services, like your music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books2
Visual Voicemail password (requires the SIM card that was in use during Backup)
Your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch backup only include information and settings stored on your device.
It doesn’t include information already stored in iCloud, like Contacts, Calendars, Bookmarks, Mail, Notes, Voice Memos3, shared photos, iCloud Photos, Health data, call history4 and files you store in iCloud Drive.
How To Enable iCloud Backup On iOS Device
Open your Settings app from your App tray or App slide.
Select your Apple ID. It is usually at the top of your screen.
Tap on the iCloud option. Toggle it On by flipping the switch next to iCloud then tap on Ok.
the iCloud default setting is to attempt a backup every 24 hours. This occurs when you are connected to a Wi-Fi, and your iDevice is plugged in.
The Backup might be triggered in your sleep. Your data is on the line, so you should use a Wi-Fi connection or schedule your backups.
If you are backing up on iCloud for the first time, prepare it is going to be a long day 😉.
How To Manually Start An iCloud Backup
Like I said up there, iCloud starts its Backup when you are connected to a Wi-Fi connection and when your device is plugged in.
If you have no access to either of these services, its still possible to trigger an iCloud backup manually.
Open your Settings app from your app tray.
Tap on your Apple ID; your ID is usually at the top of your screen.
Select the iCloud option and tap on “Back Up Now”.
Method 2: Backup iPhone With iTunes
You Backup your iPhone TO iCloud and Backup WITH iTunes. Everything is explained up there.
Note: You need to have an iTunes account before you can use the iTunes service.
How To Enable iTunes Backup
Connect your iDevice to your pc with a working USB. (The PC you wish to store your Backup)
Launch your iTunes application from your PC.
At the top left corner next to the category drop-down menu is a Device 📱 icon, click this.
From your left sidebar, click on “Summary”.
In the main screen, a Backup section can be seen, click on “This Computer”. It is right below the “Automatically Backup”.
Tick the “Encrypt Device” box. You’ll be prompted to create a password; this password will be stored in Keychain.
Towards the right is the “Backup Now” button. Click this.
Click on “Done” when the Backup is complete.
How To Initiate A Manual iTunes Backup
After you enable your iTunes backup on the pc, whenever you connect your iPhone to your computer, the Backup starts.
You can still manually force an iTunes backup, all you have to do here is follow the steps above but skip Step 5 – 6 and head to Step 7.
Method 3: Backup iPhone Without iTunes Or iCloud (Alternative Method)
To be sincere, iCloud and iTunes could be time-consuming. This section is not endorsing any particular THIRD PARTY APP. The whole point here is, we will be working with a third-party app.
They are many third-party apps that guarantee a more accessible iOS backup. Do thorough research to avoid getting harmful files on your System. The app that’s quite popular is AnyTrans.
This method is the surest way to backup your iOS device to your PC or Mac.
About AnyTrans The iCloud/iTunes alternative
AnyTrans has amassed quite a reputation for itself (IT ISN’T THE BEST OF THE BEST THOU) as a professional iOS manager.
AnyTrans has a whole lot of features which includes(but not limited to):
- One-Click Backup.
- Selective Backup.
- Air Backup
- Scheduled Backup
- Incremental Backup (tops up, not a full-scale backup i.e., it starts from where the last Backup stopped)
- Full or Custom backup restoration.
It is FREE! (As at when I wrote this article) $20 for desktop(new update)
Steps To Backup iOS Device With AnyTrans
From your PC, download the free AnyTrans software and install it.
Launch Anytrans application.
Connect your iOS device to your PC/Mac using a working USB cord.
From the AnyTrans interface, select the “Device Manager” button then select the “Content To Mac/PC” button.
Select the file categories you want to Backup by clicking on each.
Below the screen, choose the export path.
Towards the lower right side, click on Next and allow it to Backup.
It is highly recommended that you Backup your devices from time to time.
You can schedule backups on with AirTrans. AirTran can Backup your device with your USB or wireless connection.
You could also configure AirTrans to Backup on a schedule. As I said, they are other third-party apps for this.
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