How do I backup my iPhone? I'm worried about losing my iPhone data if the thing conks out. Is it safe to backup iPhone to iCloud or iTunes? And what kind of files backed up using iCloud or iTunes? Is there another way to backup iPhone to external hard drive? Appreciate your detailed answers! A question from Apple Support Communities.
Your iPhone, iPad or iPod may have stored lots of important data such as contacts, photos, videos, etc. What would it cost when you lost all that data on your iOS device? Absolutely it will cost you much energy and time, and all your data can’t be necessarily retrieved. But backups are a way to protect the investment in data. By having several copies of the data, it does not matter as much if one is destroyed (the cost is only that of the restoration of the lost data from the backup). It is important to do backups properly. Here we will show you how to backup iPhone to external hard drives, iCloud and iTunes.
iTunes may be best known as Apple's music playing program, but the application can backup your iOS devices such as iPhone or iPad. You can follow below steps to backup iPhone to iTunes.
You should also manually transfer content you downloaded from the iTunes Store on your iPhone, just in case it was not automatically transferred to your computer. To do this, select View > Show Sidebar and then right-click (or Control-click) the device under Devices and select Transfer Purchases.
The things you backup iPhone in iTunes include: Camera Roll photos, voice memos, wallpapers, password info stored on your iPhone’s keychain, application settings, notes, paired bluetooth devices, and in-app third-party purchases to your computer’s hard drive.
If you want to save Health and Activity data from your iOS device or Apple Watch, you’ll need to encrypt your backup: Select the box called Encrypt [device] backup and make a memorable password. And you can also delete duplicate songs from iPhone, iPad, iPod using iTunes.
Sometimes your Mac is running out of space, you have to backup iPhone to external hard drive, otherwise you have to free up your Mac space first. You can transfer or copy the backup folders to another location, external drive, or network storage location. The original location of the iTunes backups is in a folder called MobileSync.
The benefit of backingup iPhone using iCloud is that it's largely automated and can happen wirelessly. The downside is Apple only gives you 5GB space for free, so if you need more, you have to pay for it. This method needs you have a iCloud account and Wi-Fi. 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. You can backup iPhone to iCloud automatically and mannually as you like.
After you've turned on iCloud Backup, iCloud can automatically back up your device each day. iCloud makes these daily automatic backups only if:
The things you back up in iCloud include
In conclusion, the three ways recommend in this article are safe for you to backup iPad or other iOS device too. You can choose the right way to backup your iPhone according to the files you wanna backup. Furthermore, you can also use an iPhone data recovery like iPhoneRecovery to transfer your iPhone contacts, messages, notes, safari bookmarks, etc to Mac for backup.
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I always use iTunes and iCloud to backup my iPhone, but I couldn't tell what is backed up in iTunes and iCloud, but now i get it
I am getting into the habit of backing up my iPhone every week.