How to Back up Your iPhone

Regularly backing up your iPhone is always a good idea even with Apple’s high-quality products. There are many scenarios where you’d need a copy of your data like upgrading, accidents, bugs, loss, or theft. Backing up your phone ensures that you’re always prepared to easily recover your important data if unexpected issues arise.

You can store iPhone backups on the cloud or on your computer. While it’s more convenient to use iCloud to back up your iPhone, you can back up your phone to your Mac or Windows to retain full control of your data backups.

In this article, we’re going to show you How to backup your iPhone to iCloud as well as your computer through Finder/ iTunes.

What you need to know before you Back up Your iPhone

  • With iCloud Backup, you back up your data to the cloud automatically with a Wi-Fi connection.
  • If you choose to back up your data using Mac or Windows, you have to remember to do the backup manually.
  • You only have 5GB of free storage on iCloud. But you can pay a monthly fee to get additional iCloud storage.

How to Back up iPhone using iCloud

First, you need to enable iCloud Backup on your iPhone. Then your phone will automatically back up your files daily as long as you’re on Wi-Fi and connected to a power source.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to a Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. Launch the Settings app.

Step 3. Tap on [Your Name] where it says Apple ID, iCloud, Media & Purchases.

Tap on Your Name where it says Apple ID, iCloud, Media & Purchases

Step 4. Select iCloud from the menu.

How to Back up iPhone - Select iCloud from the menu.

Step 5. Swipe down and tap iCloud Backup.

How to Back up iPhone - Swipe down and tap iCloud Backup.

Step 6. Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on. Once iCloud Backup is turned on, iCloud automatically backs up your phone daily when iPhone is connected to a power source and on Wi-Fi.

How to Back up iPhone - Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on.

Step 7. If you want to perform a manual backup, tap Back Up Now. You’ll need to stay connected to Wi-Fi while the backup takes place. When the backup is finished, the backup should appear in the iCloud > Manage Storage with the backup size.

If you want to perform a manual backup, tap Back Up Now. When the backup finished, the backup should appear in the iCloud - Manage Storage with the backup size.

Keep in mind that not every file or setting will be included on iCloud. iCloud backups don’t include:

  • Apple Mail data
  • Apple Pay information and settings
  • Face ID or Touch ID settings
  • iCloud Music Library
  • Apple Store content

How to Back up iPhone using your Mac

If you don’t want to waste your iCloud storage for backing up, you can back up your iPhone using your Mac instead. Make sure that you have enough free space on your computer’s hard drive to store the backup files.

Step 1. Connect iPhone and Mac with a cable.

Step 2. Open New Finder Window.

Step 3. In the Finder sidebar, click your iPhone under the list of locations.

To back up your phone using Finder, macOS Catalina or newer is required. If you have earlier versions of macOS, use iTunes to back up your phone.

Step 4. If prompted, select Trust This Computer and enter your Passcode to continue.

Step 5. Click the General tab at the top of the Finder window.

Step 6. Select Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac.

Step 7. To encrypt your backup data and protect it with a password, select Encrypt local backup. Make sure to remember your chosen password.

Step 8. When you’re ready, click Back Up Now.

When the backup process is complete, you should see the date and time for the Last backup to this Mac indicate today.

How to Back up iPhone using your Windows PC

Step 1. Connect iPhone and your computer with a cable.

Step 2. Fire up iTunes.

Step 3. Click the small iPhone icon near the top left of the iTunes window.

Step 4. Click on Summary.

Step 5. Press Back Up Now.

Step 6. To encrypt your backups, select Encrypt local backup, type a password, then click Set Password. Make sure to remember your chosen password.

To see the backups stored on your computer, choose Edit > Preferences, then click Devices. Encrypted backups have a lock icon in the list of backups.

Hopefully, with the steps above, you’re able to back up your iPhone. If you’re curious, check out How to Record Screen on iPhone without the need to install third-party apps. As another bonus, here’s How to Scan QR Code on your iPhone.

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