How do I backup my iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch?

Backup with iCloud or with iTunes

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Before you start the process, get to know how the two types of backup differ. Backup can be done either with iCloud or iTunes. Choose which method meets your needs better or do both.

Backing up your Apple device with iCloud

1. First of all, you need to connect the device to Wi-Fi.

2. Open Settings – [User’s Name], then click iCloud. In case your device is running on iOS 2 or any of the versions released earlier, open Settings, scroll down then find and click iCloud.

3. Now click iCloud Backup, or tap Backup (in case you use iOS 10.2 or any of the preceding versions). Double-check to enable iCloud Backup.

4. Choose Backup Now. Keep your device connected to Wi-Fi till the process is completed.

To see the progress and check if the backup is finished, open Settings – [User’s Name] – iCloud – iCloud Backup. You can see the accurate time and date of the latest backup under Back Up Now line.

Back up automatically with the help of iCloud Backup

You can get iCloud back up data on your Apple device every day. Simply follow this step-by-step instruction:

  • To check if the iCloud backup is enabled, go to Settings – [User’s Name] – iCloud – iCloud Backup. Open Settings – iCloud – Backup, in case you are one of those who use iOS 10.2 or the versions released earlier.
  • Keep your device connected to a source of power.
  • Sync your device with Wi-Fi.
  • Remember to lock the screen of your device.
  • Ensure that there’s enough free space for backing up available in iCloud. Once signed in to iCloud, every user is given 5 GB of storage space for free. Extra storage can be purchased for your Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The available plans start with 50GB of space for $0.99 per month.

How to backup your Apple device with iTunes

  1. Open iTunes then get your Apple device connected to your Mac or PC.
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions if you are asked to provide the passcode of your device or to Trust This Computer.
  3. Choose your device – iPhone, iPod or iPad from the list that appears on iTunes.
  4. Those users, who would like to save their Health and Activity data from their Apple Watch or another iOS device, need to get their backups encrypted. One needs to select ‘Encrypt [device name] Backup’ box, next create a password. If one does not need to save their Health and Activity data, they can perform a simple non-encrypted backup, by clicking Back Up Now.

If you had to create a password for the backup, write it down and store the note in a safe place. You won’t be able to recover iTunes backup without your password.

  1. Once the process is over, you can take a look at the Summary iTunes screen, to check if backing up was finished successfully. You can find the exact time and date under the Latest Backup.
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