Backing Up Your iPhone
Backing up your iPhone is an essential task that can save a lot of heartache if you set it up correctly. We are going to go through the steps to make sure you do it properly. If you back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you’ll have a copy of your information to use in case your device is ever replaced, lost, or damaged.
Before you get started, learn the difference between making backups with iCloud and iTunes and choose the method that’s best for you.In case you ever need an alternative backup, you can make one in iCloud and another in iTunes.
How to back up with iCloud Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network. Go to Settings > [your name], and tap iCloud.If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings, then scroll down and tap iCloud. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Backup. Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on.
Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes. Make sure that the backup finished: Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Storage > Manage Storage, then select your device. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier,go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage, then select your device. The backup should appear in the details with the time and backup size.
Get help making a backup or manage your available space in iCloud.
Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on in Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Backup. Connect your device to a power source. Connect your device toa Wi-Fi network.
Make sure that your device’s screen is locked. Check that you have enough available space in iCloud for the backup.
How to back up with iTunes Open iTunes and connect your device to your computer. If a message asks for your device pass code or to Trust This Computer, follow the onscreen steps. If you forgot your pass code, 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. Write down your password and store it somewhere safe, because there’s no way to recover your iTunes backups without this password. If you don’t need to save your Health and Activity data, you can make a backup that isn’t encrypted. After the process ends, you can see if your backup finished successfully in iTunes Preferences > Devices.
Now that you have successfully backed up your iPhone you don’t have to worry anymore about losing your music, contacts and other information on your iPhone.