This is the easiest way to backup iPhone data to your computer
We know how painful it is to start over when you lose a phone, which is why we’ve come up with some of the best resources for backing it up.
Learning how to backup your iPhone to your computer is easier than you might think, because there are some great Apple tools that are perfect for getting the job done.
Choose a backup iPhone method
Before you get started, learn the difference between iCloud and iTunes backups, then choose the method that’s best for you. If you need an alternative backup, you can make one in iCloud and another in iTunes.
Backup with iCloud
Apple’s iCloud is a service that can handle backups manually or automatically and will whisk your files away to a server somewhere far away. That means that not only are you protected if your device dies, but if your entire home was destroyed and all of your electronic devices were to fail, photos and anything else you consider important will remain safe.
How to back up with iCloud
1- Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.
2- Go to Settings, and select your name.
3- Tap iCloud.
If you haven’t used it before, you may wish to select which applications or files your iCloud backup should focus on.
4- Tap Back Up Now.
Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes.
5- When complete, confirm that the backup finished properly by looking at the Last backup time.
Automatically back up with iCloud Backup
To let iCloud automatically back up your device each day, here’s what you need to do:
- Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on in Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup.
- Connect your device to a power source.
- Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.
- Make sure that your device’s screen is locked.
- Check that you have enough available space in iCloud for the backup.
Backup with iTunes
It’s been a long time since iTunes was just a way to store and play your music. Today, it can act as a great backup utility for your iPhone’s most important memories. Here’s how to get it to back up your iPhone to your computer.
- Update to the latest version of iTunes.
- Open iTunes and connect your device to your computer.
- If a message asks for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, follow the onscreen steps. If you forgot your passcode, get help.
- Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod when it appears in iTunes. If your device doesn’t appear in iTunes, learn what to do.
- If you want to save Health and Activity data from your iOS device or Apple Watch, you need to encrypt your backup: Select the box called Encrypt [device] backup and create a memorable password. If you don’t need to save your Health and Activity data, you can make a backup that isn’t encrypted. Just click Back Up Now.
- When the process ends, you can see if the backup finished successfully on the Summary screen in iTunes. Just look under Latest Backup to find the date and time.
Safe and secure your iPhone
Now your iPhone’s data is safe from unpredictable mayhem and destruction. We can’t say the same for the phone’s hardware, which is always susceptible to slippery fingers, but if you’ve found a bulletproof case, feel free to toss your iPhone around with reckless abandon. After all, your data is backed up and safely stored.