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3 Ways to Backup Your iPhone/iPad Before Upgrading to iOS 10

So you’ve heard of the new iOS 10 and you want to try it out. While it does come with some really cool features in iOS 10, it is a good idea to create a full backup of your device before upgrading to the new iOS beta. This is as a precautionary measure to ensure that should something go wrong ( as it often does) you will have all your data secure in a backup somewhere, ready to be restored to your device.

In this article were are going to be looking at 3 of the most effective ways you can create a full backup of your entire device. We will also look at the pros and cons of each method just to help you make a more informed decision.

Part 1: dr.fone - Backup your iPhone/iPad before upgrading to iOS 10

The first method we are going to look at is dr.fone - iOS Data Backup & Restore. This is a great program that allows you to easily and very quickly create a complete backup of your iPhone or iPad. But that’s not all it can do. Some of its other really useful features include;

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  • One click to backup the whole iOS device to your computer.
  • Allow to preview and restore any item from the backup to a device.
  • Export what you want from the backup to your computer.
  • No data loss on devices during the restore.
  • Selectively backup and restore any data you want.
  • Supported iPhone SE/6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus/5s/5c/5/4/4s that run iOS 9.3/8/7/6/5/4
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How to Backup iPhone/iPad with dr.fone

To begin with, download and install dr.fone to your computer correctly. Then follow these very simple steps to backup data on your device.

Step 1: Launch dr.fone on your computer and then select "Device Data Backup & Export" from the options in the left column. Then connect your device using USB cables. The program should detect your device.

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In the below window you can select to backup iPhone videos, music, call history, notes, text messages, contacts, photos, Facebook messages and many other data.

backup iPhone before upgrading to iOS 10

Step 2: dr.fone will also detect all the file types on your device automatically. Select the files you would like to backup and then Click "Backup."

backing up iPhone before upgrading to iOS 10

Step 3: Now all you have to do is wait for the program to backup your data. The entire process shouldn’t take no more than 5 minutes. You can also selectively restore data to your device when there is a need.

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Pros of using dr.fone to backup iPhone/iPad

  1. It is very easy to use. All you have to do is connect your device and click "Backup"
  2. You can actually select the types of data you want to backup. This feature puts the entire process under your control.

Cons of using dr.fone to backup iPhone/iPad

  1. The software is not free.

Part 2: iTunes - Backup your iPhone/iPad before upgrading to iOS 10

iTunes is also a great choice if you want to create a full backup of all the data on your device. To back-up your device via iTunes, follow these very simple steps.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your PC or Mac and then connect the device to the computer. Select the device when it appears and then click "Backup Now" 

backup iPhone before upgrading to iOS 10 with iTunes

After the backup process is complete you can see if it was successful in iTunes Preferences > devices. You should see the device name as well as the date and time the backup was created. 

start to backup iPhone with iTunes

To Restore the backup via iTunes follow these very simple steps.

Step 1: Open iTunes on the same computer you used to create the backup and connect the iPhone/iPad. Again select the device when it appears and click "Restore iPhone."

how to backup iPhone with iTunes

Step 2: Select the most relevant backup and then click "Restore"

step 2 to backup iPhone with iTunes

Pros of using iTunes to backup iPhone/iPad

  1. It is very easy to use
  2. A Backup created in Tunes contains all of your data including settings

Cons of using iTunes to backup iPhone/iPad

  1. You can’t select the files you want to include in your
  2. backup neither can you see the actual data in the backup file.

Part 3: iCloud - Backup your iPhone/iPad before upgrading to iOS 10

Most people choose iCloud as a backup method because of the fact that it is very easy and you don’t have to connect your device to your computer to use it. Here’s how to back-up your data via iCloud.

Step 1: Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network and then tap Settings > iCloud

Step 2: Tap Backup and then make sure that "iCloud Backup" is turned on. Then Tap "Backup Now" and ensure that you stay connected to the Wi-Fi network until the process is complete.

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To restore this backup follow these very simple steps.

Step 1: To restore data from an iCloud backup, you will need to have erased all of its contents. After erasing all data and settings, you should see the "Hello Screen." Follow the steps to set up the device. You should see the following screen. Select "Restore from iCloud Backup".

Step 2: Sign in with your Apple ID and then select the relevant backup. Stay connected to a Wi-Fi network until the restore is complete.

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Pros of using iCloud to backup iPhone/iPad

  1. It is really easy to do and can be done directly on the device
  2. All content including settings is backed up

Cons of using iCloud to backup iPhone/iPad

  1. You have to erase all contents before restoring the device
  2. It doesn’t allow you to select the files that can be backed-up or even see the contents of your backup file.

Whatever method you use, it is very important to create a backup of your data before upgrading to iOS 10. A lot could go wrong and you don't want to lose everything. If you foget to backup your file and lost them, then you can try dr.fone - iPhone Data Recovery to get back your lost data.

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