Know how to backup iPhone using iCloud or iTunes.
How to backup iPhone to iCloud and iTunes is a frequently asked question among iPhone users. Backing up your Apple device can give you peace of mind in knowing that when you backup your iPhone all your data are safe. If something goes wrong during updating your operating system or due to some software glitches, you can restore your phone to the way you had it the last time you made a backup. It’s always, therefore, a good idea to make sure you backup your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch before you embark upon an update of the device. You can copy and save the data on your device by backing it up in iCloud or iTunes. This backed up data can be used later if your device is lost or damaged or you can move all the data to a new iPhone if you ever replace your device. Here in this post, I am going to show you how to backup iPhone to iCloud and iTunes.
Difference between making backups using iCloud and iTunes
Before I go to show how to backup iPhone to iCloud or iTunes let me first describe the difference between the two backups which would help you to decide which backup method is best for you.
You can make a backup of your device using iCloud with a Wi-Fi network connection and for this you need not connect your device into a computer or even be at home. iCloud backups include nearly all data and settings stored on your device except the following major items:
- Data that’s already stored in the cloud (data sent online to an off-site server);
- The contents not obtained directly from iTunes, App store, or iBooks Store;
- iTunes in the Cloud and App Store content (If it’s still available in the iTunes, App, or iBooks Store, you can tap to re-download your already purchased content.);
- Apple Pay information and settings;
iCloud backup is a great solution for users who don’t frequently connect their device to their computer as it only requires a Wi-Fi connection and USB power to automatically back up, such as during the night when the device is charging.
However, limited free storage (5 GB) is the biggest downside of iCloud backup. Since all current iOS devices have capacities greater than 5 GB, it’s easy to fill up that free storage space. Moreover, that 5 GB free storage is per iCloud account, not per device so users with multiple iOS devices will find the free space gets used up quickly.
You can backup your device in iTunes from your PC or Mac. An iTunes backup includes nearly all of your device’s data and settings except the following major items:
- Content from the App Stores and iTunes or PDFs downloaded directly to iBooks (You can back up this content using Transfer Purchases in iTunes.);
- Content synced from iTunes, like imported MP3s or CDs, videos, books, and photos;
- Photos already stored in the cloud;
- Apple Pay information and settings;
Plus point of iTunes backup is that as the hard drive of a computer has a lot of space available, an entire phone backup can be stored on the computer without running out of space or having to purchase additional storage. Also backups are fast, as it is relying not on the internet connection but just USB transfer speeds.
However, negative point is that iTunes backups require availability of your computer for plug in and synchronizing your iPhone. If you’re travelling or away from your computer for days at a time, it can mean long time gap between backups.
Let me now show how to backup iPhone to iCloud and iTunes.
How to backup iPhone to iCloud
iCloud backups occur automatically when your iPhone is plugged in to a power source with the screen locked and connected to a Wi-Fi network. For this, however, you need to have enough available space in iCloud for the backup.
There is also an option to backup manually when you’re on the road and haven’t backed up in a while or when you’ve been working away from a power source (Apple says if you don’t back up your device for 180 days or more, the company will delete your device’s iCloud backup files). The steps for manual backup are as given below:
1. Connect the iPhone or iPad to a Wi-Fi network;
2. For iOS 8 or later,
Go to Settings > iCloud > Backup;
For iOS 7 or earlier,
Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup;
3. Under Backup turn iCloud Backup ‘on’ if it is ‘off’;
4. Tap ‘Back Up Now’ tab. Make sure you remain connected to your Wi-Fi network until the backup process is completed;
5. You can make sure that the backup is completed successfully by tapping Settings > iCloud > Storage& Backup > Manage Storage;
6. Select your device and the backups should appear in the details section with the time and size of the backup;
If you don’t have enough iCloud storage to back up, a message will come up that you can’t back up because there’s not enough storage available. Here are some tips if you’re low on iCloud storage:
- Upgrade your iCloud storage plan;
- Make a smaller backup. You can back up fewer apps or delete unwanted photos and videos;
- Delete older backups that you don’t need;
How to backup iPhone using iTunes
Here I will show you how to backup iPhone using iTunes. Follow the following steps to manually backup your iOS device to iTunes:
1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes. If you don’t have iTunes installed already, you can download it from the Apple website. If you do have iTunes installed already, make sure that it is updated to the latest version. When you connect your computer to the internet and start iTunes, you will be prompted to update iTunes if an update is available;
2. Connect the iPhone to your computer via USB cable and launch iTunes. If this is the first time that you are connecting the phone to your computer, you’ll need to tap “Trust” on the iPhone’s screen;
3. Make sure iCloud is turned off on your iPhone. You can’t create backups using iTunes when iCloud is enabled. Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup and turn off the iCloud backup switch;
4. Transfer the contents that you downloaded from the iTunes Store or App Store. To do this click File > Devices > Transfer Purchases and wait for the transfer to complete. If you’re using Windows and you don’t see a File menu, hold down the Control and B keys;
5. Now select your iPhone in iTunes from the Devices menu on the left of the iTunes window. This will take you to the device ‘summary’ page (this is the default landing page when you click on your device) where you’ll see all information about your iPhone;
6. On the ‘summary’ page, simply click on ‘Back Up Now’ to begin the backup process. If you want to encrypt the backup (that is, secure with a password) you can select that option to the left. This will also allow you to back up account passwords and health data;
7. Here, you might receive a pop up saying that there are apps on your iPhone that aren’t in your iTunes library, which means they aren’t backed up. This can happen if you installed apps from sources other than iTunes Store or App Store or haven’t transferred all your purchases from your iPhone to your iTunes library. You won’t be able to restore these apps unless they’ve been added to your library. You can click on ‘Back Up Apps’ to back up all of the apps on your iPhone, which is recommended;
8. The backup process might take a while, but once it’s finished, you’ll have a complete backup of your iPhone on the computer;
9. To verify that the backup finished successfully, open iTunes Preferences and select the Devices tab. The name of the device will appear along with the date and time the backup was created;
Now, if your device is lost, damaged or ever replaced, you’ll have all of the data that was stored on that iPhone stored on your computer. You’ll be able to plug in a new iPhone and restore all of that data onto the new device.
Now that you know how to backup iPhone to iCloud and iTunes it is very useful to know how to adjust what gets backed up in the future if you’re using both iTunes and iCloud for backing up your device. For example, in order to save space you can disable photos in your iCloud backup when you have backed up a lot of photos through iTunes. To do this follow the following steps:
1. Select ‘Storage’ from the iCloud Settings menu and go for ‘Manage Storage’;
2. Tap your iPhone’s backup;
3. Scroll through the list of items backed up, and toggle anything off that you don’t want backed up to your iCloud storage;
4. Select “Turn Off & Delete” from the menu that appears. This will erase the data that is currently backed up and keep that content from backing up in the future. This will not delete any data from your iPhone, so there’s nothing to worry about;