How to backup iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

If you're an iPhone, iPad, or iPod user, then no one can stress enough how important it is to backup your data. iPhones have quickly become one of the most important possessions anyone can have, and it is so very easy to lose them in an Uber, get them stolen, broken, etc. Even if you're extra careful with your iPhone you still need a backup so that whenever you upgrade to a new iPhone, you can simply and conveniently download all your data into your new iPhone!

Reasons why you need to know how to backup iPhone:

  1. iOS System Upgrade: When you upgrade your iOS system, your system is generally updated and wiped clean of previous data. While trying to update your system software, you'll generally be asked if you'd like to backup data. You should ideally have your backup ready at all times.
  2. iPhone Upgrade: People love to keep updating their iPhones, and get the latest version. If you're one of those people, then you need to backup your data so that your transition from one iPhone to the next is seamless.
  3. Factory Settings: There can be a number of reasons for you to factory reset iPhone, to get rid of bugs, glitches, etc. However this generally leads to data loss, so you should have a backup ready. However, if you haven't created a backup, then don't worry. You can still recover your iPhone lost data after restoring to factory settings. However, prevention is better than cure, so make sure to keep a backup ready!
  4. DFU Mode: If you're going to enter DFU mode to fix some iPhone or iTunes error, then you need to have a backup so that you don't lose all your data.
  5. Lost or Broken iPhone: In both these cases, the only way to restore your data is to have them backed up somewhere. In case your iPhone is stolen, you would likely have to erase data from it, but before you do that it would be helpful to have a backup.
  6. Bricking: If you can't turn on your iPhone because of a "bricking" problem, when your device becomes useless, you would have to enter DFU mode to restore iPhone. You can use several tools for iPhone to enter DFU mode, however it would lead to severe data loss.
  7. Forgot Passcode: If you forgot your passcode, you'll have to perform factory reset without passcode, but that would definitely lead to data loss.

For all these stated reasons, you need to backup iPhone. However, before you learn how to backup iPhone, you need to know that all different methods of backup produce different results. As such you have to use the backup method which is ideal for you specifically.

Part 1: How to backup iPhone via iCloud

There are a few things you need to know about backing up to iCloud. It stores all your data into the cloud, and has a total of 2TB storage, though only 5GB out of that is free. If you have a large amount of data, you would also need to have a strong internet connection, else the backup would take a very long time. When you get a new phone, you'll have to download all the information from iCloud using a WiFi connection.

How to backup iPhone via iCloud

How to backup iPhone via iCloud:

  1. First off, you need to make sure your device is connected to a strong and stable WiFi network.
  2. Go to Settings > iCloud.
  3. Tap on Backup, and then Toggle On 'iCloud Backup.'
  4. Now you have to tap on 'Backup Now' and then wait while the entire phone is backed up to iCloud.
  5. Finally, if you'd like to make sure that the backup is complete then go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage. Once you select the device, you'll find all the details about how much space has been occupied.

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Now that your iPhone has been backed up, you can rest assured that if something happens, you'll still have all your precious data. If you want to view and access your backup data, you can use a free iCloud backup extractor tool. However, if you're reading this after you've already lost data, then know that all hope is not lost. You can still restore iPhone data without backup. However, this whole trouble can be avoided if you just create a backup.

Part 2: How to backup iPhone via iTunes

Backing up your iPhone using iTunes is also an effective means of saving your data, however there are a few significant differences that you should know about. Backing up with iTunes would store your data in your Mac or PC, and the storage capacity would depend upon the remaining capacity of your computer. However, this is a good option to go for if you don't have a stable internet connection.

How to backup iPhone via iTunes:

  1. Access iTunes and connect your device to the computer using a cable.
  2. Enter your passcode and 'trust' the device, if you get such a message.
  3. iTunes would immediately recognize your device, so choose your iPod, iPad, or iPhone.
  4. Enter the 'Summary' Tab.
  5. Under the option of 'Automatically Back Up', you'll find two choices: 'iCloud', or 'This Computer'. Choose the one which suits you best. If you don't have proper internet connect, choose 'This Computer.'
  6. How to backup iPhone via iTunes

  7. If you also want to save your Activity data and keep it safe, then Encrypt it by checking the box which says 'Encrypt iPhone backup.' However, you can ignore this step if you don't want to encrypt your data.
  8. Click on 'Back Up Now.'
  9. Finally, you can check if your iPhone has been backed up successfully. Go to iTunes Preferences > Devices. You'll find the name of the device, along with the date and time of backup. If you chose to encrypt the data, you would also see a lock sign next to it.

backup iPhone via iTunes

If you would like to access and view iTunes backup, you'll have to use a free iTunes backup extractor to extract iTunes backup. However, you can also use a tool which directly lets you view and access your data before backing them up. This might be more convenient for you. Read on for more on that.

Part 3: How to backup iPhone via dr.fone - iOS Data Backup & Restore

Finally, one of our favorite methods to backup iPhone data is by using a third party tool named dr.fone toolkit - iOS Data Backup & Restore. Now I know that when it comes to Apple products people are hesitant to use tools or softwares that aren't made by Apple, however we highly recommend giving dr.fone a chance because it is more convenient than iCloud and iTunes in a number of different ways:

dr.fone toolkit - iOS Data Backup & Restore

Preview and selectively backup iPhone data as you want.

  • Simple, fast and reliable.
  • Selectively backup, restore or export iPhone data in 3 minutes!.
  • Directly view your backed up data on your computer.
  • Beautifully designed user interface.
  • Supports all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Available on: Windows Mac
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Those are the primary reasons why you should try out dr.fone - iOS Data Backup & Restore. However, besides those, it is just far more convenient and easy-to-use than iCloud and iTunes.

How to backup iPhone via dr.fone - iOS Data Backup & Restore:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer.

When you launch dr.fone on your computer, you'll find a number of different options and features. Choose "iOS Data Backup & Restore." Once done, use a cable and connect your iOS device to the computer. dr.fone would immediately recognize the device.

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Step 2: Select File Types.

In this step you'll find a list of all the different types of files available in your iPhone, such as "Messages & Attachments", "Calendars & Reminders." Choose the ones that you would like to preserve and then click on "Backup."

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Step 3: Select the files to backup.

dr.fone will scan you iPhone for all its data, this would take a short while. Finally, you'll find a list of all different types of files on the left hand panel, and a gallery of all its files on the right side.

how to backup iphone data

Step 4: 'Export to PC' or 'Restore to Device'.

After you've selected all the files you'd like to preserve, you can click on "Export to PC" at the bottom right to save all the data to your computer. Alternatively, you can click on "Restore to Device" to restore all the data to your device.

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Hopefully we've been able to help you figure out how to backup iPhone data and which option to go with. Just to recap, you can use iCloud if you'd like to back up Online and if you have a strong internet connection. You can back up using iTunes if you want to back up to your computer. And if you want to selectively choose what you want to back up, you can use dr.fone.

Whatever you choose, be sure to let us know down in the comments! We'd love to hear from you!

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Backup data on your iOS devices easily and restore backup files selectively to any device.

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dr.fone - Transfer (iOS)

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Aug 17,2017 14:23 pm / Posted by Selena Lee to iPhone Backup

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