Backing up your iPhone ensures that your personal data and settings are safe and sound. Should something catastrophic happen to your device or if you need to reset your iPhone, you won’t have to start from scratch and reinstall all your apps or reenter all your passwords. If you haven’t been backing up your iPhone regularly, now is the perfect time to start. Wondering how to backup your iPhone? There are two main ways that you can save that information and have it ready to go in case your device is ever lost, replaced, or damaged.
You have the option to save all the data and settings on your iPhone to the cloud. Some people may find this more convenient because your phone will automatically save its information to the cloud with a Wi-Fi network.
Here are the steps you should take to back up your iPhone to the cloud:
If you’d like to access your saved iCloud backups, go into the Settings app, and click on your name. Then, click iCloud to open those options, and select Manage Storage and then Backups. This will allow you to see all the iterations of your phone’s data that have been saved. If you’d like to delete one, choose a backup from the list and tap Delete Backup.
Before cloud computing was introduced, all iPhones needed to be backed up to a hard drive or a computer. While it’s certainly more convenient to use iCloud to back up your device, you can also back up your iPhone to a computer that uses iOS or Windows.
If you’ve always backed up to the cloud or need a refresher on how to do a local backup, here’s how it’s done on a Mac:
If you’re looking to back up your iPhone using a Windows PC, the steps are incredibly similar:
If you’re wondering how long an iPhone backup takes, it depends on the number of files that need to be backed up, the strength of the internet connection, and the condition of the device. If you’ve never backed up your iPhone before, it might take up to two hours, especially if you have a lot of apps and photos. If you regularly back up your phone, it should take around 30 minutes or less each time.
If something has happened to your phone that renders it unusable and you need to set up a new iPhone, restoring all your data and settings from a backup is relatively easy, whether you’re porting that data from iCloud or from a computer.
These are the steps to restore iPhone data from an iCloud backup:
If you’re restoring iPhone data from a computer backup, you should follow these steps:
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