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iPhone Tips: How to back up your iPhone

Backing up your iPhone is as important as the smartphone itself. In case your iPhone gets damaged and you need your data, a backup can save the day.

Why back up?

A backup is a copy of what’s important in your iPhone. If your iPhone, stops working, got stolen, got lost or needs to be upgraded, a backup makes it easier for you to basically start on a new device.

Sometimes, an app has gone rogue and make a mess out of your iPhone. Restoring it using a previous backup can save you the hassle of wiping out your iPhone and go back to zero.

How to back up with iCloud

  1. Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.

  2. 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.

  3. Tap iCloud Backup. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Backup. Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on.

  4. Tap Back Up Now. Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes.

  5. You can check the progress and confirm the backup completed. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. Under Back Up Now, you’ll see the date and time of your last backup.

Automatically back up with iCloud Backup

To let iCloud automatically back up your device each day, here’s what you need to do:

  1. 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.

  2. Connect your device to a power source.

  3. Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.

  4. Make sure that your device’s screen is locked.

  5. Check that you have enough available space in iCloud for the backup. When you sign in to iCloud, you get 5GB of iCloud storage for free. If you need more iCloud storage, you can buy more from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Plans start at 50GB for $0.99 (USD) a month. Learn more about prices in your region.

How to back up with iTunes

  1. Open iTunes and connect your device to your computer.

  2. If a message asks for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, follow the onscreen steps. If you forgot your passcode, get help.

  3. Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod when it appears in iTunes. If your device doesn’t appear in iTunes, learn what to do.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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