How To Backup Your iPhone

Keeping your iPhone backed up at all times is a wise choice. With data backed up, all your information is kept secure in case of a wipeout. Frequently backing up your iPhone comes amongst the best phone practices.

Consider Backing Up Your iPhone

There are multiple reasons why one would want to back up their phone. It's slowly getting traction as cloud services are rising in popularity. Here are some of the major concerns you should consider.

Accidental Deletion

Mistakenly deleting data is a frequent occurrence, especially amongst those with less technical knowledge. It's common to hear someone factory resets their mobile or deletes a few essential files unknowingly. Even if you're careful, someone with little understanding of iPhones such as children around the house might have access to your device. It may result in you bearing losses which otherwise can be avoided by backing up.


A virus is a malicious code installed on your device with the intent of corrupting precious files. One may get a virus through a variety of methods like dubious websites or downloads. Even though the Apple T2 Security chip is one of the best, it may not help in some bases. If a copy of your data is in a secure place, such as a cloud server, you considerably lower the risk of losing essential data.

Lost or Stolen

File deletion isn't the only reason you should Backup your data. If your mobile is damaged, lost, or stolen, then you may be at the risk of data loss. Backing up will ensure that when you bug a new phone, all your information will be available.

How to Backup

Backups are possible in a variety of ways.


Apple's cloud service is the most popular amongst its users. Most people already have it when setting up their iPhones. If you haven't already, then there is no need to worry. Here is how to do it.

Create An Account

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select the "Sign-in into your iPhone" option.
  3. You'll be taken to a screen asking for your Apple ID.
  4. Click on "Don't have an Apple ID or forgot it?"
  5. Select "Create Apple ID."
  6. Enter your Date of birth.
  7. Type in a first and last name.
  8. Select "Get a free iCloud email address."
  9. Choose an Email ID of your choice.
  10. Click on "Next."
  11. Enter and verify a password using your mobile number and code.

Back Up

  1. Go to settings.
  2. Tap on your name.
  3. Select "iCloud."
  4. Swipe down.
  5. Click on iCloud Backup.
  6. Enable the option.
  7. Backups are done in between charges and connected to the internet.
  8. Click on Backup now if you want to do it manually.

iTunes Backup

Apple has a native solution for backups on your Mac. This is especially helpful if you want to access your iPhone's storage natively from your Mac or PC. Here is how to do it.

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Click here.
  3. Download the application.
  4. Connect your iPhone to the computer using the lightning connector.
  5. Go to iTunes.
  6. Select the iPhone icon on the top left corner.
  7. Locate the "Backups" section.
  8. Tick "This computer."
  9. Choose the "Encrypt local backup" for more safety.
  10. Create a new password and remember it.
  11. Select the "Setup" option.
  12. Click on "Back Up Now."
  13. Go to "Edit."
  14. Choose "Preferences."
  15. Go to the "Device" section.
  16. Click on the first checkbox.
  17. Whenever backing up data after this point, do the "Back Up Now" step.

Manual Transfers

Another way of securing all your valuable digital information is to send it to another device manually. A copy will be kept at two different locations in case one of them corrupts. There are multiple ways of doing this. A few are listed below.


Send mail from your phone to a computer containing all the critical files. Download the data, and your Backup is complete. Email is arguably the most straightforward process. However, an ordinary mail only allows 25MB transfer. As a result, you'll require a lot more time.


Airdrop is one of the best file sharing features out there. It takes very little time, and the transfer limit is also high. Although, if you own a Windows or Linux computer, you will not have this feature available.

Cable Transfer

Similar to iTunes, cable transfer allows users to send data to their computer. They can be stored locally on the computer or an external hard drive. For added safety, you may also keep the files on both of them. The drawback of this method is that you require a power cable to do so, and the setup process may be a little time-consuming.


Before choosing a method, you must consider its drawbacks.

Problem with iCloud

While cloud storage may be convenient, as there is no other device required, it does come with a few flaws. The most major one is that Apple only offers 5GB of free cloud storage, which is not sufficient for most people. You will have to purchase higher-tier models which cost a lot more money.

Problem with iTunes

iTunes backup will require you to have a separate computer as well as a power cable. Furthermore, this method also takes up a lot more time, especially considering you'll have to regularly manually Backup your data.

Muaz Ashrafi

Hi! I am Muaz, a Mass Communication major. I like to think I am a free urban spirit. I write blogs with a focus on tech and gadgets. When I'm not writing, you can find me with my headphones on, relaxing to some good house EDM music. I'm also a hobbyist photographer, you can find me on Instagram @mzwithacamera.


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