Backup software creates one or more copies of the data on your digital devices in case your original data is lost or damaged. Different backup solutions protect different kinds of data and different combinations of devices.
What is Backup
For example, with PCs and Macs, some solutions only back up your files and folders, while other solutions back up everything by taking a snapshot of the entire hard disk, which means you can recover to bare metal and a fully bootable state. Other solutions backup only selected devices, such as your PC and Mac, but don’t protect your mobile devices. Other backup solutions can protect all your devices.
These statistics don’t appear to be going in the right direction when it comes to peace of mind.
The bottom line is if any of these failures result in lost data and you have not backed up, you risk losing a lot more than your phone contact list!
Back Up Before Upgrading To iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone X, or iOS 13
In fact, online advice indicates that you can’t successfully upgrade an iPhone without a backup. Recent articles from C|net and MacWorld both recommend that the first thing you should do when upgrading to the iPhone XR or iPhone XS (or when you update to iOS 13) is to create a backup.
Ideally you should create a backup of your old phone once your new device arrives, so you won’t lose any recent conversations, photos or changes to your contacts list.
Three Ways to Back Up Your iPhone
There are many different backup solutions on the market that back up your iPhone. iTunes and iCloud are different types of backup solutions offered by Apple. There are also other backup solutions from third-party vendors.
1 iCloud Backup
2 iTunes Backup
iCloud and iTunes backup have their advantages and we recommend using them. But for complete peace of mind when backing up your iPhone, also use Acronis True Image 2020 to protect and easily recover all your data.
With iCloud Backup, you back up your data to the cloud automatically with a Wi-Fi connection and back up:
- Purchase history for music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books purchased from the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBook store
- Photos and videos, settings, app data, home screen, iMessage, SMS Text, MMS messages, and ringtones
You can select the iCloud backup option from the settings for your iOS device in iTunes when connected, or from the iOS device itself. You can perform backups automatically or manually. While it doesn’t back up your purchased apps, music, movies, and books, it will download these from the App, iTunes, and iBook store when you restore from an iCloud Backup.
Apple provides 5GB of free cloud storage per Apple ID. You can easily eat up 5GB of storage quickly if you are backing up your photos and videos, but you can purchase additional iCloud storage for a fee.
iCloud syncs files automatically. An automated sync, however, is not a true backup. For example, if you accidentally delete a photo from your iPhone, it’s gone once an automated sync is performed. With a true backup solution, you can recover the photo from the backup destination.
Directions to back up using iCloud:
- Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network
- Tap Settings > [your name], and tap iCloud. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings, then scroll down and tap iCloud.
- Scroll down, tap iCloud Backup. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Backup. Make sure that iCloud Backupis turned on
- Tap Back Up Nowand stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes
- Make sure that the backup finished: Tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Storage > Manage Storage, then select your device — the backup should appear in the details with the time and backup size. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, your path is Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage.
Automatically back up with iCloud Backup:
- 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 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
Many consumers are more familiar with iTunes because this what they use to buy apps, music, and books from the Apple Stores. To back up with iTunes, plug your iPhone into your PC or Mac, open iTunes, and sync your files between your PC or Mac and iPhone. Unlike iCloud, iTunes backs up all your photos, images, media files not purchased from iTunes, messages, call logs, application data, settings, memos, calendar, and bookmarks. You cannot copy files to the cloud using
Directions to back up using 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, you can learn what to do here. Note that this is a lengthy and potentially convoluted process that can take some time to sort out.