If you depend on your iPhone or iPad for almost everything, right from contacts to e-mail addresses, important dates and more, you should definitely get in to the habit of taking regular backups. In case, your device is damaged, stolen or replaced with a new device, you’re going to have a tough time restoring all your data. But if you’ve already backed up your data, you need not worry as it will all be available in one place. If you have no idea about how to backup your iPhone, iPad or even iPod Touch, here’s how you can do it…
Select a Backup Method
You have two iOS options to choose from: iCloud and iTunes. You can pick one, as per your convenience. For an alternative backup you could make one in iCloud (Apple’s own cloud-based storage and backup solution for Apple software) and another in iTunes.
How to Backup with iCloud
1. First, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup
2. Next, under Backup, switch on the iCloud Backup option
3. Now, go back and switch on or off the data you want backed up from the selections.
(You may only see the pre-installed Apple apps and not all the apps here. If you don’t want to back up anything else, you can skip ahead to step 9. In case, you wish to back up non-Apple apps, continue through the rest of the steps).
4. Next, go to the Storage option below, Backup, and tap it
5. Choose the third option, Manage Storage. On this page, you’ll see a list of Apple apps and data that are backed up. To check out other apps…
6. Scroll to the top, go to “Backups,” and select the device you want to manage.
7. Now you’ll see a page called Info. Under Backup Options, you’ll see a list of the top five storage-using apps, plus another button: “Show All Apps.” Press Show All Apps, and you can then choose whatever you want to back up.
8. The apps that you don’t wish to back up, turn those “off.” A red button reading “Turn Off & Delete” will appear. On clicking it, you’ll still have the app and its data locally stored on your iPhone. (You’ll only be deleting the data from iCloud’s backup)
If you scroll down, at the bottom you’ll get to see how much space you’re left with. In case, you didn’t know, Apple gives you 5 GB of iCloud storage free. You can pay for extra storage space for an additional 10GB, which we wouldn’t really recommend doing.
9. Lastly, if you want iCloud to automatically backup your device every day, make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on in Settings > iCloud > Backup. Connect your iPhone/iPad to a Wi-Fi signal, plug it in and leave the device screen locked for a while. Your iPhone/iPad will automatically backup once a day.
How to Backup Using iTunes
1. Open iTunes and connect your device to your computer.
2. If a message pops up asking for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, follow the onscreen steps. If you forgot your passcode, get help.
3. Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod when it appears in iTunes. If your device doesn’t appear in iTunes, learn what to do.
4. If you want to save Health and Activity data from your iOS device or Apple Watch, you need to encrypt your backup: Select the box called Encrypt [device] backup and create a memorable password.
5. Once the process ends, check if your backup is done successfully in iTunes Preferences > Devices. Do not forget to check the name of your device with the date and time that iTunes created the backup.