How to backup your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch [Latest Guide]

April 15, 2020
Emmanuel Villanueva

One of the few features that I personally love on Apple's devices is their integration with one another. How seamless and smooth things can be done or transferred from one device to another. Another feature that I love is how easy it is to save backups of your devices in order to restore from them at a later point in time. This is all hassle free and some people might call it "magical" on their end as sometimes you can create a backup of your device out of thin air! This being said, in this article I would teach you different ways on how to create a backup of all your different Apple devices! This is a vital skill to learn these days as you can never tell what could happen to your device which can be replaced, lost or damaged at any given point in time.

There are two different ways on how to create a backup

First it could be through the use of iCloud and through the use of iTunes. Think of iCloud as an online service that could do the backups for you in thin air but may take some time, while iTunes on the other hand is a faster version of creating your backup however you might need to use a Mac, or a PC for this and a lightning cable of course.


How to back up with iCloud

If you prefer to do the iCloud method which for most, they would find it the easiest follow the guide below and you'd have a backup of your device saved up and ready in no time!

1) Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.

Make sure that your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network as this process would all be done through the use of internet! A high speed internet connection is also recommended in order to shorten the time required when creating a backup with iCloud.

2) Go to Settings > [your name], and tap iCloud

This brings you to the settings of your personal cloud service named iCloud where in your back up would be placed.

Tap on the iCloud logo and option

3) Tap iCloud Backup

Simply tap the iCloud Backup option to turn it on and this would allow iCloud to be used for backing up the information found on your apple device

Turn iCloud Backup on

4) Tap Back Up Now. Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes.

Now this is the most important step in creating that iCloud backup of your device. To be patient. Wait for the backup to complete, it's completion time will vary depending on how fast your internet connection is or on how large the backup that is required to be created. You can also check the progress of the back up and confirm if it has been completed simply by going into Settings . [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. And under Back Up Now, you should see a listing of the date and time of your last backup or when you have last initiated the backup process.

Automatically back up with iCloud Backup

This is an option that most people might go for simply because it's convenient. As this tells iCloud to automatically back up your device every single day as long as you're connected to a Wi-Fi network. And follow the steps listed below to allow iCloud to back up your device every day.

1) Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on in Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup.

2) Connect your device to a power source such as a power outlet, a power bank, or whatever as long as your device is charging.

3) Make sure that your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network, again speed is to be taken note of, the faster your Wi-Fi connection is, the faster the backups would be completed.

4) Make sure that your device's screen is locked. Backups are done whenever you're not using your phone or whenever it's idle. Ideally for when you are sleeping or in bed or simply not using your phone.

5) And lastly check that you have enough available space in iCloud for the backup. As normal users would only get about 5GB of iCloud storage for free, however if there are a lot of files on your device, you might need to upgrade your iCloud storage wherein you can buy depending on the plan that fits you the most, for ballpark prices, a 50GB plan would cost $0.99 (USD) a month.

How to back up with iTunes

This is another method of backing up your phone, this one however doesn't necessarily require you to connect to a Wi-Fi network so this is ideal if network connection is an issue. It is also worth noting that backups done on iTunes are much more faster as compared to iCloud simply because it's a local file storage as compared to uploading your files in the cloud. Follow the steps below in order to know how to backup your apple devices using iTunes.

1) Update to the latest version of iTunes

This goes without saying that your iTunes version should always be up to date to ensure that you have all of the functionalities, features or capabilities of iTunes available on your device.

2) Open iTunes and connect your device to your computer.

This can be done in a number of ways, you can let your computer be connected on the same network as your phone and sync through iTunes over the local Wi-Fi, alternatively you can simply grab your lightning cord and plug your apple device on your computer physically.

3) If a message asks for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, simply follow the onscreen steps.

Your phone would prompt you or notify you that it is now connected to your computer, however you would have to manually allow it to be connected by trusting the computer. This is a security measure that apple implements for the safety of our device and information or data.

4) Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod when it appears on iTunes.

Once your device is now connected simply select on your device on iTunes and it would show you all the general information that you might need to see that pertains to your device. You can also do the backups from here.

5) Encrypt Your backup

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 password that you could easily remember later on. Alternatively if you don't need to save Health and Activity data, you can make a backup that isn't encrypted simply just click on Back Up Now.

iTunes with your connected device

6) Successful Backup

When the backup process ends, you can see if the backup has been successfully completed on the Summary screen in iTunes. Simply look under "Latest Backup" to find more information about the said backup. This would tell you when it was last initiated and where. More than often if you've done the backup process through your computer you would also see that the backup is also on your computer.

Backup information

It is imperative that we backup our device every now and then to ensure that our data remains safe and intact especially when we need it. We can never know what would happen to our device, but with backups at least we are safe that the information on our devices is secure and accessible later on.

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