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You may walk out of the house without your wallet and even forget your keys, but it’s very unlikely you ever leave your iPhone behind. And we can access everything on our iPhones: bank accounts, documents, and photos, plus we stay connected with family, friends, and work. With so much of our lives inside such a small device, we must take action to keep it safe. And one simple and fast way to keep your data safe is to back up your iPhone or iPad.
You can back up applications, photos, documents and other files, text messages, personal and business data, passwords, and every data stored on your device.
Experts Advise: Keep a minimum of three copies of your data:
- The original
- A cloud backup
- And a backup on an external drive
This increases the security of your files and guarantees you’ll always have access to them no matter what happens to the original.
Learn to fix iPhone’s ‘Attempting Data Recovery’ error as well.
How to back up your iPhone and iPad
There are several ways you can back up your Apple devices. And some of them are capable of storing more data than others. And this goes beyond the data amount. Some backup methods can store your passwords, text messages, and applications besides your photos and documents.
To back up your iPhone or iPad, you can use iCloud or iTunes, use Finder with any Mac with macOS Catalina or later, or a third-party Cloud drive service.
You can, of course, choose more than one method. But, if you wish to have fewer backups, but complete ones, select a method that can back up everything on your iPhone.
1. Backup iPhone to iCloud
To back up your iPhone and iPad using iCloud, you must connect your device to a Wi-Fi internet connection and then go to Settings. There, select your name and tap iCloud.
Then you can choose iCloud Backup and Back Up Now.
Automatically back up with iCloud Backup
Make sure your iPhone data is always backed up by setting automatic backups of your iPhone.
Go to Settings > your name > iCloud > iCloud Backup
The automatic backup of your iPhone will take place when you’re not using your iPhone, the screen is locked, and the device is connected to a power source and the internet.
You can select apps to back up as well. Go to Settings > your name > iCloud > Show All. Then select the apps you wish to sync with iCloud.
2. Backup your Apple device to Finder on a Mac
To back up your device with Finder, you’ll need to connect your iPhone to your Mac through a USB cable.
Put in your iPhone password or tap on Trust This Computer and follow the on-screen steps.
Select your device in Finder and, at the top of the Finder window, click General and select the Backup all the data on your iPhone to this Mac option.
If you have sensitive information, such as your Health data, select the Encrypt Local Backup box. Insert your password. Remember, you’ll need the same password to access your backup.
Then, you can click the Backup Now button.
3. Backup to iTunes on a PC
To back up your iPhone using your PC, open iTunes and connect your device to it using a USB cable.
Touch to Trust This Computer and, on iTunes, select your iPhone.
Go to Summary and, if you have sensitive information, such as your Health data, select the Encrypt Local Backup box. Insert your password. Remember, you’ll need the same password to access your backup.
Then, you can click the Backup Now button.
4. Backup your device to a cloud drive
To back up your iPhone to a cloud account, other than iCloud, you must first choose a cloud drive. Then, download the app of your favorite cloud drive provider.
Open the app, log into your account, or create a new one. Then, go to the app’s preferences and select to back up your device data to it.
Usually, cloud drive accounts will allow you to back up photos, documents, and your calendar.
Why should you back up your iPhone and iPad?
You should back up your iPhone to protect your data and guarantee you always will have it, regardless of what may happen to your device. We also recommend that you use multiple ways to back up your device to ensure you have a copy of your data in case one backup method fails.
All the reasons to keep an iPhone backup:
- Protect data from loss
- Have fast and guaranteed data recovery
- Prevent loss due to physical damage, data corruption, and stolen device
- Free space from your device
- Keep your data in case you forget your iPhone passcode
TL; DR: Backing up your iPhone and iPadcan prevent data loss and guarantee your photos and documents are always safe. Choose to have more than one backup of your iPhone adn iPad to increase your data security. You can back up your Apple devices using iCloud, iTunes, or a third-party cloud drive.
If you lost your iPhone data and have no recent backup, contact a data recovery service to help you restore your files.
SalvageData professionals are experienced and can recover your iPhone files safely and keep your warranty.