How to Backup Your iOS Devices to iCloud or iTunes

Megan Charles
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Backups make a copy of your useful information for you to use when your iOS device such as your iPhone or iPad is lost or damaged. Backups let you transfer data from your last device to your new one with ease. In order to avoid data loss, backup your iOS devices immediately. Here we will introduce how to backup your iOS devices with iTunes or iCloud, but which one is suitable for you, follow us to discuss the difference between making backups with iCloud and iTunes.

Difference between making backups with iCloud and iTunes

iCloud backup lets you back up your data wirelessly and automatically to your iCloud account, so you need to create an iCloud account before you first backup your iPhone, iPad with iCloud. The advantage of this method is that you don’t have to connect your device to your computer with USB cable. While this method is convenient, it doesn’t perform a full backup. Apps are the most glaring omission from the list of data iCloud backs up. And Apple provides 5GB of free cloud storage space, you need to purchase additional iCloud storage when you use up the free storage.

iTune backup makes safety copy of your data. The advantage of iTunes backup is that you can encrypt local backup with password. Encrypting the backup will protect data from unauthorized access and ensure that nobody else will be able to restore your apps and data to a different iOS device. To perform an iTunes backup, you have to plug your iOS device into your Mac or PC first.

After the introduction of the difference between two methods, you can choose the suitable way to backup your device. Below we will show you how to back up your device with iCloud and iTunes.

How to Back up your iPhone/iPad/iPod devices automatically with iCloud

iCloud automatically backs up your iOS device information everyday over Wi-Fi when your device is turned on, locked, and connected to a power source. When you first back up your device, you have to sign in with your iCloud account.

  • On your iOS 8 or later device: Go to Settings > iCloud > Backup, then turn on iCloud Backup.
  • On your iOS 7 device: Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup, then turn on iCloud Backup.

How to Backup your iOS devices manually to iCloud

  • On your iOS 8, iOS 9, iOS 10 device: Go to Settings > iCloud > Backup, then tap Back Up Now.
  • On your iOS 7 device: Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup, then tap Back Up Now.

Note: If you don’t back up your iOS device to iCloud for 180 days or more, Apple reserves the right to delete your device’s iCloud backups.

How to manually backup your iOS devices with iTunes

iTunes will automatically backup your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch every time you connect to your computer. If you want to, however, you can trigger an iTunes backup at any time. Make sure you're running the most recent version of iTunes before transferring your data.

  1. Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone to your computer.
  2. Click on the iPhone icon in the menu bar when it appears.
  3. Click on Back Up Now(Click on Encrypt Backup and add a password if you want the security).
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  • Valerie

    very useful and applicable article, I backed up my iPhone to iCloud and iTunes, it's very simple.

    7 years ago Reply

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  • Willson

    good, the steps are very detailed, and I followed the steps to backup my iphone/ipad to iCloud and iTunes, I learned a lot from this article

    7 years ago Reply

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