Data has become one of the most important commodities in the current era, so much so it has been compared to oil in monetary value. Our phones house a lot of personal data including photos, videos, relevant work or academic files, music collection and messages from friends, among other things and backing it up is the best way to safeguard the data, so that you can still retrieve your data even if you end up losing your device.
In this article, we’re going to discuss how to backup your data on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using iCloud and iTunes.
Back up iPhone, iPad and iPod touch data via iCloud
Before beginning the backup of your Apple device, make sure that you’re connected to a WiFi network unless you wish to back up your device on cellular data. It also helps to have your device charged and updated to the latest iOS version.
- Go to your iPhone/iPad’s Settings
- Tap on [Your Name]
- On the next screen, tap on iCloud and then on iCloud Backup
- On the next page, you’ll see a toggle alongside iCloud Backup; switch it on
- Tap on Back Up Now
On the same window, you’ll also be able to see the time and date when the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch was successfully backed up last.
How to ensure that iCloud back up the device automatically?
- Connect your device to a WiFi network.
- Connect it to a charger.
- Your device’s display needs to be locked for iCloud to perform a backup.
- iCloud only gets you 5GB of free backup space. Before you add data to your backup, make sure that there is enough space. Paid iCloud plans start at US$ 0.99 per month.
Back up iPhone, iPad and iPod touch data via iTunes
Before beginning the backup, make sure that iTunes is updated to its latest available version and then open iTunes and connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the PC. You can choose to back up data to the iCloud via iTunes or locally to your computer.
- You might see a message asking your device’s passcode or Trust This Computer. Just follow the on-screen instruction to move ahead.
- Select your iPhone, iPad or iPod you wish to back up as soon as it shows up in iTunes.
- Click on Back Up Now. This will back up all of the data on the iOS device except Health and Activity data. To create a backup of Health and Activity data, users will need to encrypt their backup.
- To encrypt your backup, tick the box besides Encrypt iPhone backup option and then create a password. Ps. You’ll need this password again to access the iTunes back up data, so make sure you write it down or store it somewhere safe.
Once the back up is complete, you’ll be able to see the date and time when you last created a back up of your iPhone or iPad or iPod touch in the Summary screen.