How To Backup Your iPhone or iPad Before Updating to iOS 9.3?


As iOS 9.3 is going to be released tomorrow’s special event, it is worth taking to a look at how you should prepare your device for the feature-packed update. Before installing the iOS 9.3 update, it is recommended that you have a backup of your data. Here in this post, I would like to walk you through how to back up your iPhone or iPad with three different methods.

Back Up to iTunes

You can do this on a Mac or a PC. The Mac already comes with iTunes installed. The PC does not and you are able to able to download iTunes off of Apple’s website. Before connecting your iOS device to iTunes, please make sure that you have your computer authorized for your account and that you are logged into your iTunes account.

Before backing up your device, transferring the purchases you made on your iOS device from the iTunes Store, App Store or iBooks Store is recommended. To do that click on File, Devices then Transfer Purchases.

Back Up iPhone to Mac

> Connect your iPhone and launch iTunes.
> Click File>Devices> Back Up to perform backing up.

You can find your iTunes backup file through the path below,
~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/


Back Up iPhone to PC

> Download and install the iTunes to your computer. Please make sure that you have downloaded and installed the latest version of iTunes.
> Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone to computer.
> Click Summary on the left tab, and locate the button of “Back Up Now”
> Click “Back Up Now” to perform backing up.

Up at the top in the center of the progress bar, you are able to monitor the status of your device while it is backing up.

You can locate your iTunes backup file on your Windows PC through the route below.
\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

Back Up to iCloud

To create an iCloud backup, you need to make sure that you are connected to Wi-Fi network.

Usually, your iPhone or iPad will be backed up to iCloud whenever it is being charged, locked and connected to WiFi provided that you have enabled the automatic iCloud backing up.

To enabled the automatic iCloud backing up, go to Settings > iCloud > Backup > iCloud Backup on your iPhone or iPad. Make sure iCloud Backup is turned on by seeing the green circle. If not, press the white circle to turn it on.
Or you can create an iCloud backup manually by going to Settings > iCloud > Backup > Back Up Now.

After you have performed the backing up, you can check the size and data of your iCloud backup by going to Settings> iCloud> Storage > Manage Storage > Backups.

Back Up with Third Party Utility

iTunes and iCloud backup files are not readable files, and therefore the backup file means nothing unless it is restored to your iDevice. If you want to transfer all the important data like contacts, notes, messages, photos as viewable files, you can turn to third party Utility like iFonebox for help.

As professional and specialized iPhone data recovery software, iFonebox can back up all the important data to your computer as readable files. Here is how.

> Install and run iFonebox on your computer.
Note: iFonebox is Available for both Windows and Mac, please choose the right version to download and install.
> Connect your iPhone to your computer.
> Click Start after your iPhone is recognized by iFonebox.
> Click “Recover All” which is located at the upper right corner on the interface listing all the supported data categories.
> Browse your computer for a backup folder for the exported data on the popped up window.
> Click Recover to PC after the data scanning and analyzing is finished to transfer all the exported data to your computer.


Now you have multiple backups for your iPhone or iPad, you are completely ready for updating your iPhone or iPad to iOS 9.3.

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