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Are you going to travel? Check out how to prepare your iPhone!

The holiday season is almost over, and some can hardly wait to hit the road (or the air) with family or friends. Regardless of whether you are used to going away from home or a first-time user, it is good to understand that you have at hand a powerful tool to deal with various types of situations (whether good or bad): iPhone.

No one, of course, wants to have trouble at leisure, but it is impossible to prevent them from happening. Therefore it is always good to have something to turn to when the situation gets tight; With this in mind, here are some tips on how to prepare your iPhone for a trip.


Are you going to travel? Back up your iPhone. Aren't you going to travel? Back up your iPhone. ?

Backing up that kind of thing that never hurts after all, losing all your information (especially these days) can be, say, counterproductive. So the first step is to save your data somewhere, either on iCloud or locally on Mac.

To back up to iCloud, simply enable the ?iCloud Backup? option in Apple iCloud ID Settings iCloud Backup. Remember that Apple makes available to all users 5GB of free storage; therefore, if you have many contents, you may need to sign a larger space.

ICloud Backup on iPhone

To back up iPhone from iTunes (for PCs or Macs running macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier), simply connect your device to your computer with the USB cable (you may need to enter your iPhone password to allow access), open iTunes and find your device's icon in the content bar. In the "Summary" tab, select the "This Computer" option (in the "Backup" section), and then click "Back Up Now."

IPhone Backup in iTunes

With the end of iTunes starting with macOS Catalina 10.15, managing devices such as iPhones and iPads migrated to Finder, but the process remains equally simple to back up. When connecting your device to your Mac, open Finder and select iPhone / iPad in the sidebar (you may need to enter your iPhone password to allow access); Then on the "General" tab, select the "Back up all data on this Mac" option and click "Back Up Now."

IPhone Backup in Finder


Avio Mode

Backed up, let's go to another important step: the adjustments. In the case of air travel, the use of electronic devices is expressly prohibited during flight unless they are in Airplane Mode. To activate it, simply go to the Control Center (or Settings) and tap the indicated icon.

Airplane mode on iPhone

Automatically, mobile data and personal access will be disabled. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to work, so you can listen to music with wireless headsets and connect to the aircraft network, if applicable.

Mobile data

There are currently some plans that include roaming, ie they can be used in many foreign countries. Still, many users have a limited quota of data. So when you travel, choose settings that minimize data charges.

On iOS 13, you can set a new setting that saves you from using your data franchise, which is very useful in these cases. For this, go to Cellular Settings Opes Data Cellular Data Save Mode.

Data Saving on iOS 13

Another option is to disable the Wi-Fi Assistance feature, which uses cellular data automatically when the Wi-Fi connection is weak. To avoid excessive data consumption, disable this option at: Cell Phone Settings Wi-Fi Assistance.


If you are traveling to another region or country, the time change can also be confusing, especially when taking flights (since the times on the board are set based on the region you are going to, not where you depart from) ).

IPhone can change the time zone of the clock automatically, based on your location. For this, go to: General Settings Date and Time and enable the "Automatically" option.

Set time on iPhone

Medical Record and Emergency Contacts

As important as having a good trip is being taken care of. In this sense, it is important that your medical information and conditions be checked if something happens during the holidays. Fortunately, iOS offers an extremely important option, called Medical Record, which can be accessed from the locked screen and displays a wealth of information about you.

To configure your Medical Record, go to Health Profile and Health Settings and complete the list with the most information. You can check the Medical File at any time also by Adjustments.

Medical Record on iPhone

The medical record may also include your emergency contacts, ie people who should be contacted if something happens to you. To set your emergency contacts, go to Emergency SOS Settings and add the person (s).

IPhone emergency contacts



After the essential settings, there are still some other very important (but optional) tips if you are traveling to a place you don't know. In this sense, location is a very important fact when it comes to moving into a new environment.

The tip here is to download a full navigation app, which offers up-to-date data and information to guide you on your journey. As we know, the app Maps (Maps) from Apple is great in the United States, but not so much in other regions. Generally, the Google Maps the most suitable.

Google Maps app icon - Traffic & Food

If you do not want to be dependent on the internet, you can download a portion of a map to view it offline; In the case of Google Maps, you can define one (or multiple) regions for offline saving, but remember that this consumes your device's internal storage.

Offline Maps from Google Maps

A translator

Communicating in another language (which you do not know) is also not impossible. Several apps allow you to translate phrases or even understand what other people are saying in real time, helping to make communication not a problem while traveling. A good option is Translator and Dictionary, which allows you to reproduce the content of a sentence in several languages.

Translator and Dictionary App app icon


Knowing what the weather will be like during the fundamental trip nobody deserves to go to the beach and rain literally "wet the ride". To check the weather in the region where you are, the app Time (Weather) iOS native does a great job as it gives you prediction based on your location and you can also add other places to the list.

Weather app icon


in Apple

IPhones CompatibleCompatible with Apple Watches

Version 1.3.5 (2.1 MB) Requires the iOS 10.0 or superior

Weather app screenshotWeather app screenshot

If you want something even more complete, The Weather Channel is a good option.

The Weather Channel: Forecasts app icon

Extra Tips

Photo and video

Of course, plant travelers love to take photos and capture moments with family or friends. So having a cool photo and video app is a tip that certainly could not be missed on this list.

Among the apps available today, there are a variety of options. For photos and videos, my indications are the Halide it's the Filmmaker Pro, with which you will make great images and beautiful audiovisual productions.

Halide Camera app icon

Filmmaker Pro Video Editor app icon


It is also practically impossible to think of traveling without wanting to take a small souvenir where you've been (or even a gift to someone). Knowing the risks of taking cash in some places, the iPhone makes a great option to replace it (including the credit card).

If your card is compatible with the Apple payMa's mobile payment system is a great option for travel. With it, you can shop using your debit / credit card much more simply by bringing your iPhone closer to the merchant's card machine.

Apple Pay is currently supported in many regions and tens of thousands of stores around the world. Check out our complete guide to all cards accepted by the system in Brazil.

Did you like the tips? We hope so! Use and abuse the comments section to complement or provide your own tips!

Finally, of course, have a nice trip! ???

top image: South China Morning Post

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