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How to Back up your iPhone or iPad using iCloud and iTunes

How To Back Up Your iPhone

How To Back Up Your iPhone

Regularly back up your iPhone is important as more and more data is being stored on these devices. And its must important if you are updating your iPhone to latest iOS 13. In fact, online advice indicates that you can’t successfully upgrade an iPhone without a backup. Whether you upgrading to the iPhone 11 or update to iOS 13 you must create a backup first.

It’s a good idea to back up your device right before you update, that way if something goes wrong you’re not restoring to a backup created a few days ago, and all of your current information will be restored.

Well, iTunes and iCloud are different types of backup solutions offered by Apple to regularly backup your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch. When a backup is created from an iPhone, a snapshot of that device’s data is saved to somewhere other than the iPhone (a computer or cloud drive for example). So that you can restore your important data, photos if any cause you have accidentally deleted them or lose after iOS 13 update. Here this post we have step by step guide How to Back Up an iPhone using iCloud and iTunes.

How To Back Up Your iPhone

Well, you can use iCloud or iTunes backup solutions offered by Apple for backing up your iOS devices include iPhone, iPad or iPad.

Backup iPhone using iCloud

We can say iCloud is great option to backup iPhone because it stores your iPhone backup data in the cloud, rather than on your PC. So you can access your backup data from anywhere with Wi-Fi (as long as you know your Apple ID and password).

Using Apple’s iCloud service to back up your iOS device is the easier method. Each iCloud account is given 5GB of free storage for things like backups.

✔ Stores backups in iCloud
✔ 5GB free storage (payment needed for more)
✔ Encrypted backups
✔ Create and use backups over Wi-Fi
✔ Able to use the backup to restore to iPhone

How to back up iPhone to iCloud

Note: Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes.

If you’ve never backed up to iCloud before, the first backup can take a while. After that, iCloud will only upload the changes you’ve made since the last backup, which is much faster.

 To check and confirm that 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.

To Automatically back up with iCloud Backup:

Backup iPhone using iTunes

Another way to back up your iOS device is to use iTunes. You’ll need a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed and an Apple Lightning cable. Well iTunes backup method is also similar to iCloud backup that you can use the backup to restore the snapshot to your iPhone. But the difference is iTunes backup stored on the local computer rather than in the cloud. So you no need to worry about cloud driver 5GB storage limit, but you won’t be able to access the backup over Wi-Fi on another computer.

✔ Stores backups on PC or Mac
✔ Optional backup encryption
✔ Create and use backups on your PC or Mac
✔ Able to use the backup to restore to iPhone

An iTunes backup doesn’t include:

How to back up iPhone to iTunes

Make sure you have latest updated version iTunes installed on your PC/mac


Note: An encrypted backup will prevent you from having to enter account passwords for apps like email or Facebook when restoring a device, as opposed to iCloud backups that can be hit or miss.

Find iOS backups on your Mac

Find a list of your backups:

Click in the menu bar. Type or copy and paste this: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ Press Return.

Locate a specific backup:

  1. Open iTunes. Click iTunes in the menu bar, then choose Preferences.
  2. Click Devices.
  3. Control-click the backup that you want, then choose Show in Finder.

You can Find iOS backups in Windows 7, 8, or 10

open Windows installed drive (basically C:) \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

Press Windows + R to open run, enter %appdata% or %USERPROFILE% (if you downloaded iTunes from the Microsoft Store) and click ok.

Double-click these folders: “Apple” or “Apple Computer” > MobileSync > Backup.

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