iPhones is almost the most important possessions we have. In addition to the financial worth of each device, it becomes the central repositories for our memories, whether photographs of once-in-a-lifetime events or important documents. Making sure that all of this precious data is backed up somewhere is a crucial safeguard against theft, damage, or leaving our worlds behind on the back seat of a taxi.
Then of course there’s the more joyous occasions of upgrading to a newer model and being able to transfer all of your data quickly and simply by using a backup.
Fortunately there are different ways to keep a backup of your iPhone on the web, your PC or Mac and most of them are free and easy.
Back Up Through iTunes
Having a local backup is always a good idea, as it means you at least know that you have a copy that you control, rather than trusting to the all-powerful cloud. (Trust in iCloud was damaged by last year’s celebrity photo leak, although Apple has stated that this was caused by hackers stealing or guessing passwords rather than a failure of Apple’s systems.)
> Plug the iPhone into your Mac or PC and launch iTunes.
> Click the icon for your iPhone,iPad or iPod Touch which will appear top lefthand corner, under the play controls.
> Choose automatically back up to this computer by clicking “This computer” at the left column;
> Create backup manually by clicking “Back Up Now”.
> After backing up process completes, you can head on to see if your backup finished successfully in iTunes Preferences > Devices. You should see the name of your device with the date and time that iTunes created the backup.
Note: Any photos currently on the device will be stored, as will contacts, calendar accounts, Safari bookmarks, notes, call history, profiles, and several other types of data. The iTunes backup doesn’t make extra copies of any media files, though, so films, music, and apps bought from iTunes will need to be downloaded again from the site or your PC.
Backup Through iCloud
Using Apple’s own iCloud service to back up is the simplest and most handy way to back up data on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
> Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.
> Tap Settings > iCloud > Backup.
> Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on.
> Tap Back Up Now.
> Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes.
> Make sure the backup finished by tapping Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage, and then select your device. The backup you just made should appear in the details with the time and backup size.
If you’ve turned on iCloud Backup, iCloud can automatically back up your device each day.
You can store bookmarks, contacts, calendars, iCloud documents, mail message, notes, and your iCloud photo library with iCloud backup.
If you have ever restored your iPhone from iCloud or iTunes backup, you will know that it is risky for it causes data overwriting and permanent easing easily. And it never allows restore or backup certain data selectively. And once your iTunse backup file is corrupted, you are out of luck to get back lost data, everything will be gone for good. Since iCloud backs up iPhone through WiFi, the backing up process is accident prone and chances are the iCloud back is easy to be corrupted. Therefore, I am going to share some other solutions.
Backup With iFoneBackup
iFoneBackup is a free iPhone backing up software which can back up everything on your iPhone simply with one click.
Here is how.
> Download and install iFonebox.
> Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your computer.
> Click Back Up Now after your device is recognized.
> Wait until the backing up process completes. Time consumed about the backing up depends on how much data you have on your device.
In case that iTunes backup or iCloud backup is damaged, you can use backup file created with iFoneBackup to restore your iPhone.
Backup with iFonebox
Neither iTunes nor iCloud backup file is readable file. Worse still, you can never be able to back up certain data selectively with iTunes or iCloud. There are a lot of third party iOS data recovery software that can export all the important data like notes, contacts, messages, reminders, whatsapp, wechat, voice memos and photos etc from iPhone to computer for record keeping.
Here is how.
Install and launch the iFonebox on your computer.
> Connect your iPhone to your computer.
> Click Start on the start up interface after your iPhone is recognized by iFonebox.
> Click the button “Recover All” from the interface listing all the supported categories.
Note: If you want to back up certain data to your computer selectively, please choose the data respectively from the interface to scan.
> Wait until the data scanning and data analyzing process completes.
> Define a destination folder for the exported data and transfer all the exported data to your computer for record keeping.
How would you like to back up everything on your iPhone? Please comment below and let me know.