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How do I back up my iPhone Or iPad

How To Back Up Your iPhone Or iPad

Your iPhone or iPad store all your photos, messages, health data, documents, accessory setups, settings, and more. Your data is important, even precious, and should be treated as such. The best way to secure your data is to back it up. You can back up your iPhone or iPad via iCloud, or directly on your computer using iTunes. Before you download any software, you should always back up your device. You should also maintain a regular backup routine, just in case something happens to your iPhone or iPad, like getting lost or stolen.

Enable iCloud Backup On Your iPhone Or iPad

Using iCloud as a backup location for your iPhone or iPad is a great idea. If anything happens to your phone or tablet, you will have a backup you can access from anywhere with an internet connection.

But before you can start backing up to iCloud, you must first have an iCloud account and be signed in to it then make sure that iCloud backups are enabled on your device.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap iCloud.
  4. Tap iCloud Backup.
  5. Flip the switch next to iCloud Backup on.
  6. Tap OK.

iCloud will attempt to start a backup your data every 24 hours or so, as long as your iPhone or iPad is connected to Wi-Fi and plugged in to charge.

Manually Trigger An iCloud Backup

Here’s how to make sure you have an up-to-the-minute backup solution.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap iCloud.
  4. Tap iCloud Backup.
  5. Tap Back Up Now.

Enable iTunes Backups

If you don’t want to store your device backups in iCloud, you can store them locally on your computer instead.

  1. Connect your device to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Click on the Device icon next to the category dropdown menu on the left side of the iTunes window.
  4. Select Summary from the sidebar.
  5. Select This computer under Automatically Back up.
  6. Tick the box for Encrypt [device] backup to ensure that your passwords, health, and HomeKit data is backed up. You’ll have to create a password to protect your encrypted backups. The password will be automatically stored in Keychain.
  7. Click Done when you are finished.

Back Up Your iPhone Or iPad Manually Via iTunes

You can also manually back up your iPhone or iPad if you want to make a new backup while it is still connected.

  1. Connect your device to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Click on the Device icon next to the category dropdown menu on the left side of the iTunes window.
  4. Select Summary from the sidebar.
  5. Select Back Up Now under Manually Back Up and Restore.
  6. Click Done when you are finished.