Here’s a terrible, terrible fact.
With technology, anything can happen. It can be a sudden software crash that you can’t predict, or a deadly virus that blocks you out of your iPhone. It can be a hardware malfunction, the kind that results in a fire explosion. Your phone could be stolen from your apartment, or you might need to format your phone back to its factory settings. All of the instances are terrible, and sadly, all of them are highly possible. There’s one thing they all have in common; your precious data is the price you’ll have to pay.
That’s no worry, of course, if you regularly back up your iPhone.
What is backing up?
In the literal sense, backing up involves copying all your data to another platform other than its current storage location. Technically, backing up is the transfer of your device’s data and settings to the cloud. This data can be anything: Photos, videos, network settings, documents, accounts and their passwords, home configurations and more.
The cloud acts as a secure, secondary storage platform for your data. While there, only you can access it with a password you generate. Any updates you make to the data on your phone then get synced across to the cloud with your saved data. One major upside to backing up is that you can access your data from many other platforms other than your phone, such as computer. How’s that for convenience?
When should you backup?
Ask any expert, and they’ll tell you that backups need to be done regularly for safety and efficiency. Most people will set their iPhones to auto backup their data in the background, such that they don’t have to worry about it. The downside to auto backups is that they drain the battery, and the iPhone’s battery is already notable for its swift battery draining speed.
Thankfully, there is an option to carry out manual backups, or schedule backups every after a designated time period, such as a week.
The Backup Options
Apple gives iPhone users two backup options for their data – iCloud Backup and iTunes backup. Both serve the same purpose, even though they operate differently. You can use either, or use both, with each serving as an alternate back up plan. Backing up with iTunes also gives you the option to back up to a computer in addition to the cloud.
Both options have a free option too. Apple gives you 5GB’s worth of iCloud storage when you sign up for the service. Additional storage comes in at fair rates too, with charges starting at $0.99 per month for 50GB.
How to back up your iPhone
Before starting a backup, check the size of the data you intend to send to the cloud. (Especially if it’s your first time to backup).
Check out your iCloud and iTunes storage to see if you need extra space, depending on the data to be uploaded. If you’ve used iCloud for storing other files before, you might have limited free space left.
Choose a backup method
You get to choose from either iCloud or iTunes, depending on what you need. Backing up with either happens differently.
Backing up with iCloud
Make sure you’re connected to a steady WiFi network.
- Go to settings, scroll down and choose iCloud.
- On the next screen, tap the iCloud bar to on/green. Then go down and choose Back-Up Now.
- Monitor the progress of the upload until it confirms completion.
To automate the back ups such that they happen every day in the background, go to Settings, tap iCloud, and turn iCloud Back Up to on/green. You will need to be connected to a steady WiFi network for the back ups to happen.
Backing up with iTunes
One – Connect your phone to a computer and open iTunes.
Two – When your iPhone appears among the devices in iTunes, choose it with a click.
A new screen will appear: Look for the ‘backups’ section. Under this section, you’ll be provided with the ‘automatic’ and ‘manual’ back up options. The automatic option allows you to back up to iCloud and the computer. The manual option allows you to back up your iPhone to the computer or restore an existing back up to the phone.
Look for the ‘Back Up Now’ option under the ‘Manually Back Up and Restore ‘option, marked with a bright blue bar. To confirm the completed back up, look under the ‘Latest Backup’ tab for details. Your back up’s date and time details should be visible. If you wish to restore data from a backup you did sometime back onto your phone, you can also do that in iTunes. Don’t wait for disaster to start backing up your iPhone. Anything can happen.