How to back up your iPhone

How to back up your iPhone

Have you ever had to restore contact numbers, photos after a loss or phone breakdown for a long and painful time? Yes, this procedure takes a lot of time. There are even those who kept special paper notebooks with phone numbers. It’s good that those times are gone. Today we will talk about how to back up your iPhone and what it is.

Creating backups through the iCloud service

“Apple” company simply could not help but take care of its customers, so a specialized software was created. Since its appearance, creating backups has become a familiar and easy thing to do. In iCloud, the saving of information from the smartphone takes place automatically, almost without the participation of the owner. Only the initial setup is required. The main data can be located both on the PC and in the cloud storage, and they are restored with just one click.

If you need to make a backup only in it, you may not need to pair your computer and iPhone. You only need to activate a certain function in the settings.

Activating an iCloud backup on your smartphone

After these actions, the phone itself will copy the information on its own every day, but certain conditions must be met:

  • the screen lock mode must be activated;
  • Wireless connection must be enabled;
  • There must be enough free space on the cloud;
  • it is desirable to put the gadget on charging.

To save a backup duplicate of the data, you should go to:

  • Settings;
  • iCloud;
  • The tab with copies and storage;
  • Click on the “Create a copy” button.
Make a copy button on your iPhone

Don’t forget that a wireless connection to the network is mandatory for this process. The advantages of using the application:

  • There are 5 GB on the “cloud”, you can make 3-7 backup archives. If automatic backup is activated, the new archives will immediately replace the old ones;
  • encryption of the necessary information (only you have access);
  • it is possible to create and restore information regardless of location (only a wireless connection will be needed, transmission is via Wi-Fi).

Creating copies in iTunes

Even more features and advanced functionality can offer the popular iTunes application. In it a duplicate is made as follows:

  • We do the pairing of the device with the computer using USB;
  • Find the connected iPhone in the top line of the application window;
  • On the right side of the window determine the location (storage place) of the future duplicate: iCloud or your PC. If you want, you can check the box next to the backup encryption, but it is important to remember that if you forget the password, you will not be able to restore the data.
  • Press the “Make a copy now” button.
Button to make a copy in iPhones

We found out that you can make a copy on your PC as well as to the iCloud cloud. The official servers offer five free gigabytes of storage for this. Only you decide which of these to choose, but it is better to use both options.

After completing the process, you can see the “fresh” archives, for this you need to go to the menu of the device. The pros of backing up in iTunes:

  • A copy of the files and all the functionality is more extended, compared to the cloud service;
  • You can make an unlimited number of archives (only the amount of free space on the hard drive is taken into account);
  • It is possible to encrypt the information (it is disabled by default);
  • Easy to use on MAC or Windows hardware.

What data are we saving?

Any iPhone stores a huge variety of content. Depending on the backup option you choose, slightly different duplicates are created. With iTunes, you can save:

  • Photos and wallpapers;
  • Call history, contacts;
  • Messages (everything that came to your iPhone, including videos, SMS, MMS);
  • Miscellaneous notes;
  • cookies, Safari bookmarks, history, offline information, and currently used pages;
  • Email profiles (emails do not remain);
  • App Store software data (besides the software itself, its temporary folders and cache);
  • Software data and characteristics, documents;
  • Set account data;
  • Calendar events;
  • Network characteristics (Wi-Fi passwords, VPN settings);
  • Passwords;
  • Geolocation service items;
  • Content from Maps, search history, current location;
  • Bluetooth devices and more.

What doesn’t go into a cloud storage replica? There are several categories of such data:

  • Anything that has already been saved;
  • Data copied to other similar services (e.g. Exchange, Gmail);
  • Touch ID characteristics;
  • Information downloaded from third-party applications;
  • What has been downloaded to the cloud using the iTunes service and the contents of the Up Store (if what has been purchased before is still in the app store and available for re-downloading).

It is worth noting an important point, there will be no downloaded products in the iPhone backup, no matter how it was made. Only the parameters and already built in acquisitions for each software are saved. Afterwards, applications are downloaded again from the App Store or from the hard drive during gadget recovery.

The iPhone backup that’s in iCloud will have less data, only the content and items that are stored on the hardware can be located there.

If you decide to self-correct what should be saved on the iPhone 6, you can go to Settings, Cloud Storage, select the device. After that, a list of all installed software opens, the amount of important information is specified. There you deactivate the applications from which you are not afraid of losing data.

Backup settings for iphone

Where is everything stored?

As soon as you start using your smartphone, you have 5 gigabytes of free space in virtual storage. Many average users have enough space, especially if you have an iPhone 7. The bulk of the space is usually taken up by photos and videos. If you don’t keep very old photos in your gadget’s memory, you can periodically send them to an external drive. That way you can free up your phone’s memory instantly. Cloud backup may seem somehow virtual, while analogues created on your computer are really tangible on your hard drive. To access content saved on your PC, you should select “Devices” in your iTunes settings.

Managing iPhone backups

Steps to restore from iPhone backup

As noted above, created backups can be located in different places, so recovery process process is different. There are several ways. The first is recovery from the computer:

  • Connect your iOS hardware to a PC that has a saved backup;
  • Click on the device icon (usually appears at the top of the window);
  • On the right side of the window, click on the restore button, having previously selected the source.
Managing iPhone backup restore

The second method is recovery from the cloud: there are two scenarios here:

  • The content is restored on the new device. On initial power up you get to the settings screen. Here you select the “Restore iCloud copies” tab, then choose one of the last 3 saves and enter your personal password and Apple iD..
Initial recovery from an iPhone copy
  • The device was already “working”. To do this, go to the main settings menu, press reset, and delete the content and settings. After deleting all the information, the iPhone will activate a reboot, and you will be back in the settings menu and continue all the actions described in the first case.

No copy is created

In the process of using software products to save backup backups, you can rarely encounter difficulties. If it is not possible to perform the necessary actions through iTunes, you will have to first update it to the newest version (sometimes some buttons are inactive), and then check the state of memory on the hard disk.

The most frequent problems are encountered when using iCloud. If the gadget reported that copying is impossible, you should:

  • Check the availability of free space in the cloud;
  • Look at the quality of the wireless connection signal using other products, for example, you can see what the speed of uploading photos to Instagram is. If downloading is slow, look for another wi-fi source;
  • Log out of the application account and log in again;
  • Delete the backups that are already in the storage.

If nothing happens, you should reset all settings. You can not worry about personal information and content, after this reset they are not deleted, but remain in their places.

It is worth noting that a huge and so far unexplained problem with the process of saving to the cloud service is definitely on the “apple” devices version 9: backups there are not deleted and not created. The developers are aware of this problem and advise owners to update the device to at least OS 9.3 – this is the only solution so far. So if you have, for example, iPhone 5s you can not worry.


Third-party software

Of course, there are not only official programs for such processes. A huge number of developers create something new every day. There is, for example, another computer program with the function of creating backups – iMazing. It has become almost an absolute analogue of iMazing, only in it you cannot restore and update the device.

iphone utility

In addition, the backups from the two programs are absolutely compatible and you can easily recognize them in each other. Also in iMazing you can create backups consisting of many encrypted files.

To start the process we are interested in, it is necessary:

  • Connect the iPhone to the PC via usb;
  • Run iMazing – if pairing is done for the first time, you will need to allow the computer device access to the data and settings on the phone.
  • Select your device in the main menu and press the button to create a copy;
  • In the pop-up window select the type: standard backup or single file;
  • Activate the auto-save function when this device is detected – so the program itself will do everything necessary when pairing the smartphone and PC, if it is running, so that without a computer the process will not go.

In this software, you can change the storage location, and enable encryption. This makes it easy to copy passwords, various confidential information from accounts. In the last step, you click to create an analog, you can not disconnect the equipment until the process is completed. This usually takes a couple of minutes.

I can advise you to create backups more often, make sure you use all the options you can. I hate to break it to you, but there can be glitches in any scheme. It can happen that a backup is not available in any of the “safes”. In addition, it is often not possible to transfer anything from a crashed iPhone, especially if the memory module has been damaged.

If the phone is still turned on, you can try to connect it to a PC. When iTunes sees the connected device, you can make a local backup version and then deploy it to another iOS device or pull from a copy using third-party software. Worse, if the program does not see the connection – the system can not reach the final stage of booting. This can happen because the damaged iPhone’s electrical circuitry is broken. Any corrupted module bumps into a short in the circuit when power is applied to it, and the system hangs permanently.

If the value of your personal information is several times greater than the price of the hardware on which it is stored, it is worth activating the backup already after purchase.

I hope my article was useful for you and you understood how to back up your iPhone without much difficulty. Take care of your content in advance. It is up to you to choose the method of saving, it all depends on your preferences, but it is better to remember the theory of probability. It’s better to use all available products at once than to try to make something later. Leave your comments and subscribe to blog updates so that you don’t miss useful and interesting information that I can still share with you.

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