Backup iPhone and iPad: 4 different ways

It’s really easy to set up your iPhone or iPad to automatically back up its data to iCloud and also download a full backup of your iPhone or iPad to a Mac or Windows computer.

Backup iPhone and iPad

Over time, tons of photos, videos, messages, contacts, and other data accumulate on your iPhone and iPad.

All your memories and personal data can be lost if your device is damaged, lost or stolen and also if the software or firmware on your device gets damaged or damaged.

Therefore, it is really necessary to set up your iPhone or iPad to automatically back up its data to iCloud and also download a full backup of your device to Mac or Windows computer.

1. Back up iPhone to iCloud automatically

When you buy a phone or iPad, Apple gives you 5GB of free iCloud storage that can be used to set up an automatic backup of your device to iCloud.

You can do this by going to settings and tap yours Apple ID name.

Apple ID on iPhone settings screen

On the Apple ID screen, go to iCloud > iCloud backup and move the slider next to iCloud backup to ON Position.

Enable iCloud Backup on iPhone

After that, your iPhone will automatically start backing up all your important data to iCloud when it is plugged in to charge and connected to the Wi-Fi network.

2. Manually backup iPhone to iCloud

You can always start a manual backup of iPhone or iPad to iCloud by going to settings > AppleID > iCloud > iCloud backup and knock Secure now Possibility.

Backup iPhone to iCloud manually

Wait patiently for the backup process to complete. Make sure you don’t close your device or interrupt the backup process in any way.

What’s included with iCloud Backup?

Corresponding Applean iCloud backup of iPhone or iPad contains almost all of the data stored on your device, but does not contain any data that is already available on iCloud.

This clearly means that an iCloud backup of your iPhone or iPad does not contain apps, music, iMessages, health data, notes, contacts, calendar, books and iCloud photos.

All photos and videos stored on the physical storage of your iPhone or iPad are stored in an iCloud backup and are available for restoration.

If you are looking for a full backup of your iPhone or iPad, you need to backup your device to Mac or computer using iTunes.

3. Download full iPhone backup to Mac

You can download a full backup of your iPhone or iPad to Mac with the following steps.

Connect your iPhone to Mac and click the finder Symbol.

Finder icon on Mac

choose yours iPhone in the left pane. In the right pane, scroll down to the Backups section > select Back up all data on your iPhone to this Mac option and click Secure now Button.

Backup all iPhone data to Mac

Wait patiently for the backup process to complete. The time to complete the backup depends on the amount of data available on your iPhone.

4. Download full iPhone backup to computer

Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer and follow the steps below to download a full iPhone or iPad backup to a Windows computer.

Connect iPhone to the calculator > Start iTunes (if it doesn’t start automatically) and click the phone iconas it appears in iTunes.

Phone iCon in iTunes

Next select the summary tab in the left pane. In the right pane, scroll down to the Backups section and select it This computer option and click Secure now Button.

Backup iPhone to computer with iTunes

Once you click Back Up Now, iTunes will start downloading a full backup of your device to the computer.

Wait patiently for the backup process to complete. Make sure you don’t unplug the iPhone from the computer or interrupt the backup process in any way.

Note: you can check Encrypt iPhone backup Option if you also want to save passwords, health and activity data.

If you select Encrypted backup, you will be prompted to set up a password to access encrypted backups.

You must ensure that you remember this password and write it down. You cannot access the encrypted backup without entering this password.

What’s Included in iTunes Backup?

An iTunes backup of iPhone downloaded to Mac or computer contains almost all data available on your device including all photos, videos, messages, contacts, calendar, apps and health data.

Apps, music, movies, podcasts, ringtones, and books are not included in an iTunes backup because they can be downloaded from the App Store.

However, you can easily transfer items you’ve purchased from iTunes and the App Store to iPhone or iPad by connecting your device to your computer and launching iTunes.

Once the iPhone or iPad appears in iTunes, click file > Devices > Transfer purchases from iPhone.
Transfer iTunes purchases to iPhone

All your iTunes and App Store purchases are transferred to your device.

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