Backing up your iPhone is as important as charging it. Sometimes information inside a device is far more valuable that the device itself thus keeping fresh backup is vital for your peace of mind. You can backup iPhone to a computer or cloud. Both methods do not require any third-party tools and will take a little of your time. That is why we recommend you to backup iPhone regularly. If something unexpected happens, your data is always safe either in the cloud or on your computer. Better safe than sorry.
For your information. Although we use iPhone in the headline, backing up any other iOS device is completely the same process.
How to Backup iPhone to the Cloud?
Everything you need to backup iPhone to the cloud is your iPhone itself and the Wi-Fi connection (backing up data using cellular connection is not available since backup requires a lot of data to transfer).
- Open “Settings” and tap your name in the top of Settings list;
- Tap “iCloud”, scroll down and select “iCloud Backup”;
- Turn on “iCloud Backup” and press “Back Up Now”. If you don’t want to manually backup your iPhone or iPad, iOS will do everything for you later when a device will be charging, locked and connected to a Wi-Fi;
- Wait until the backing up is done.
Later you can see how much space iPhone backup took on your iCloud. Please notice that the default free storage plan of 5 Gb may be not enough if you have a lot of photos, videos and other information stored in the iCloud or iCloud Drive. If you are low on cloud storage consider buying additional 50 Gb, 500 Gb or 2 Tb of data from Apple. Luckily enough these plans are quite inexpensive.
How to Backup iPhone to the Computer?
In order to backup iPhone to the computer, you need either PC or Mac with the most recent iTunes version installed. This method does not require any storage in the iCloud, so it will be perfect for those who can’t buy additional storage.
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer using Lightning cable. If your device asks whether to trust this computer or not, press “Trust” and enter a PIN;
- Click on your iPhone or iPad icon in the top left corner. This will open a summary screen with brief information about your device and back up tools;
- In the field “Manually Backup Up and Restore” press “Back Up Now”. If you want to keep account passwords, Health, and HomeKit data, place checkmark next to the “Encrypt iPhone backup” field. After this iTunes will ask you to set up encryption PIN. Please notice: there is no way to recover iTunes backup encryption PIN or restore backup without it, so be sure not to lose it. Note it and keep in safe place;
- Wait until iTunes finishes creating your local iPhone backup.
How to Restore iPhone from Backup?
If you’ve purchased new iPhone or had to reset your device, recovering from backup may save you a lot of time and spare you from setting everything up manually.
Please notice: restoring iPhone from iCloud requires erasing all existing content and setting up your iPhone from the start.
- After you turn on your iPhone and have it connected to the Wi-Fi, follow the instruction on the screen until you see the “Apps & Data” section. Press “Restore from iCloud Backup”;
- Sign in to your Apple ID and then select available backup. iOS may ask you to sign in again to restore your apps, games and other purchased items. You can do it later if you want;
- Wait until the process is done. This takes from a couple of minutes up to an hour, depending on the size of your backup and connection speed;
- Finish device set up.
How to Restore iPhone Backup from Computer?
Restoring iPhone from local backup on your PC or Mac is a simple and straightforward process.
- Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod to PC or Mac, open iTunes and click device icon in the top left corner;
- Disable “Find my iPhone” and then select “Restore Backup” from the “Backups” section;
- Select the most relevant or any other backup you want to restore and click “Restore”. Please notice: this process does not restore the firmware of your iPhone or iPad. It restores only app data, contacts, settings, etc.
- If your backup is encrypted, enter encryption PIN and wait until iTunes is done.
That’s it! Now your iPhone or iPad is ready to go with all your data at its proper place.