Have you ever had your phone damaged, replaced, or stolen? If you have, you run the risk of you losing all of your pictures, text messages, notes, contacts, and other relevant information. By making regular backups, you can make sure you never lose any data. Apple makes it pretty easy to backup and restore your information. Here are the various ways to complete an iPhone backup or restore.

iTunes Backup

First, plug your device into your laptop or desktop and open iTunes. If this is the first time you have connected your phone into your computer, a popup will show up on your phone asking you to ‘Trust This Computer’. Next, select trust to allow your computer and phone talk to one another. Also, devices running new versions of the iOS, you may have to enter your phone’s passcode to complete this process.

iPhone Backup

Once your phone is recognized in iTunes, select the iPhone icon in the top toolbar. You will be brought to this screen.

iPhone Backup

Here you will have control over various options on your phone. In the first section, it will give you general information about your iPhone or iPad and allow you to update or restore. DO NOT hit this restore, as this will reset the phone back to factory settings. In the second section, you will find options backup on your computer. Encrypting your backup will allow passwords to be backed up as well. Once you select how you want to back up, you can choose ‘backup now’.

To restore to an old back up, select the ‘restore backup’ option. This will allow you to restore your device from a previous back up if you backed up through iTunes.

iCloud

Likewise, iCloud backups are great because as long as you have space in the cloud, your phone will automatically back up to iCloud unless you tell it not to. However, you will need to know your Apple ID information to sign back in. Above all, if you use Apple products, your Apple ID might as well be your social security number. It is challenging to reset if you do not remember your credentials. Put them somewhere safe.

To manually backup via iCloud, go to your Settings app. Select your name at the very top of the settings. You will be taken to your Apple ID information. In the second grouping, select iCloud. Next, scroll down and choose a backup. Here you will have the option to complete a backup.

iPhone Backup
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iPhone Backup
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When you are completing the iPhone setup wizard, you will have the option to restore from an iTunes or iCloud backup. Select Restore from an iCloud Backup. Next, sign in to your Apple ID and find the backup you want to restore from. This process may take up to an hour or longer to complete depending on how big the back up is. Finally, once the restore is complete, you will be good to go.

Other Options

Alternatively, if you do not like iTunes or iCloud, several different programs will allow you to complete a backup on your device. Follow the steps that the program provides to backup or restore your device. For more information about backing up your device, click here.

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