Things You Must Know About iPhone and iPad Backups

Possessing an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch gives you one of the best feelings in this whole world as these touch-friendly gadgets will let you enjoy your work and gaming experience. Apart from serving you as a perfect alternative to bulky PCs and laptops, the device can be easily transformed as your workstation, play station and personal device for handling important information. Your Apple device(s) might serve as a host for some pretty expensive data, music, videos, files and other stuff that you don’t want to lose. Sometimes, you may feel worried that everything that’s on the device might get deleted with a single tap from an unknown user, hence, be prepared for such emergencies.

Backing up your iPhone and iPad data will be a safer solution for such situations as data once deleted can’t be retrieved easily. Photos, address-books, notes, documents, financial records, and other important things may also reveal your identity to others, who may use it for illegitimate purposes. Just remember that you won’t be able to recover all that data if your iOS device(s) were lost, stolen, or is severely damaged.

Therefore, follow the below mentioned steps to easily and securely backup all your essential data on the options provided by the company:

1. Backup everything to your computer first

If you think that iCloud isn’t the best place to start with your back up process, then you can make the first attempt on your PC. A computer comes with an unlimited system storage facility that can easily house all your important and crucial data located on your iOS devices. You might have the free version of iCloud, where you can get only 5GB of total space to work with. The data that you wish to backup might be way beyond it, hence, a home PC is an ideal step to start with.

Connect your Apple device(s) to the system with a USB cable and tap on the ‘Connect with PC’ option. Now, select the files, folders and other things that you wish to back up, copy, and paste on your computer’s hard disk drive. Maintain a habit of doing this process on a regular basis as you will not appreciate the situation where your most recent data gets lost, just because you forgot to create its backup.

2. Back up iPhone or iPad using iCloud

As iCloud comes with a limited space, so you will really need to understand that what all is being backed up. If you’re a regular Apple device user, then you must be aware of the fact that all purchases from iTunes and the App Store are backed up in your iCloud account. This service provides a total of 5GB of free storage for photos and videos, app data, device settings, messages, ringtones, and others. Remember that the music files that you have added to your device manually and the files that are not purchased on iTunes, will not be backed up.

You can easily ‘Turn on’ the automated backup service to create regular back up of the data that you’ve on your favorite device(s) by Apple. To do the same, open the ‘Settings’ app on your Home screen, select the ‘iCloud’ icon, and then tap on the ‘Storage & Backup’ button. Now, slide the ‘iCloud Backup’ and switch to ‘On’ and your device will automatically backup when connected to a power source and a Wi-Fi.

3. Back up iPhone or iPad using iTunes

Before you try to create a backup of your iPhone or iPad using iTunes, it’s always recommended to check that whether you have the latest version of iTune installed at your device or not. To check the same, go to Help > Check for Updates and install all the necessary updates that the application is offering. You can back up data by two means:

A) Wireless sync: Before opting for this option for backing up all your important data, ensure that your iCloud is turned off. To turn off the same, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup and toggle ‘iCloud Backup’ to off. Now, start the process of backing up your important data by Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync and then select your device from the list. As soon as you’ll select the device, you’ll see a ‘Sync Now’ option that will automatically sync your iOS device when the three conditions are met. The three most important conditions being, First- the screen is locked, Second- the device is connected to Wi-Fi, and Third- the device is plugged into a power source. Once the device is synced, then you can easily transfer your files and data to your iTunes account to feel safe and secured within a few minutes only.

B) Using a cable:

i) Connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC and launch iTunes.

ii) Ensure that your iCloud is turned off on your Apple’s device as you can’t create backups using iTunes when iCloud is enabled. To turn off your iCloud, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup and tap on ‘iCloud Backup turn off’ switch.

iii) Go to the iTunes section, right-click on the name of your device, under ‘Devices’ section located in the leftmost pane.

iv) Choose the ‘Back Up’ option and select the files that you wish to be backed up. Once you tap on the ‘Done’ button, all that data will be backed up and stored at their respective locations:

• Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
• Windows XP: Documents and Settings(username)Application DataApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup
• Windows Vista or 7: Users(username)AppDataRoamingApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup
The above mentioned steps will help you in creating easy backup for all your valuable data stored on iPhones and iPads. Creating a back up is a very important task as you don’t know when your device suddenly stops responding or corrupt the data because of some virus attacks. It is recommended to scan your devices before your plug-in them into your PCs and laptops, as the virus inside your iPhone or iPad may also enter your secured home or work computers. Remember that any content synced to, but not locally residing on your iOS device(s) such as movies, music, podcasts, and apps will not be backed up using iTunes or iCloud. Now rush to your Wi-Fi powered zone and immediately create a backup of your devices, if you don’t want to lose your important data.

About the Author: Polly M Quinton is an ardent technician associated with Qresolve online computer support with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. With a strong track record of devising effective ways of internet security and system security, she has so far helped thousands of users across the globe.