You should always back up your phone. When you have a backup, it gets damaged beyond repair or stolen isn’t as big of a deal. We understand there is a hard cost of replacing the device, but often when our clients are in these situations, they will pay just about anything for the data. In today’s post, we cover how to back up your iPhone.
Apple is in the process of phasing iTunes out, but if your computer has not been upgraded passed macOS Mojave, iTunes is the way to go. Additionally, this process will also work on Windows computers that use iTunes.
Firstly, plug your iPhone into your computer via a USB port and charging cord. A verification prompt will pop up, unlock your phone to ‘Trust’ the computer. This process allows the phone and computer to talk to one another. Following this, find and select the device in iTunes. Once selected, click on Summary from the settings menu located on the left. Find the Backups section and select This computer and hit Back Up Now. It will prompt you to encrypt the backup. Make sure you remember your encryption password, or recovering the data from the back up will be near impossible. Once the backup is complete, the section for Latest Backup will have the date and time of your backup.
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To start, plug your phone into your computer. You will be prompted to Trust This Computer. Unlock your phone to allow the verification. The computer will ask the same question, hit the Trust option. A new window will appear, very similar in design to the menu in iTunes. Select Back Up Now and allow the backup to run. Once complete, unplug your phone and your set.
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of the methods above, iCloud will back up your data straight from your phone. iCloud backups are initiated manually or automatically depending on the settings you choose. The benefit of automatic backups is your data is backed up in real-time. The downside to the iCloud backup is each user receives 5GB of storage for free; once filled, they need to purchase more for continued backups. Trust us; the 5GB can go quick, especially if you take a lot of pictures.
In order to configure iCloud backups, open up the Settings app, and select your name. Following this, select the iCloud tab. In this menu, toggle which apps you want backed up. Once selected, hit the Backup option. If you want automatic backups, toggle the switch on. Automatic backups not your thing? Hit Back Up Now to start the backup.
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