IPhone backup on iCloud

Everything you need to know about backing up your iPhone and iPad

Did you know that constantly making a good iPhone backup is extremely important? See in this article why and how to do it.

Nowadays, our cell phone has become the companion of all times. We take a lot of our personal data with him, so we can access it wherever we go.

But what if something happens to him? What if it spoils? Or if they take it from you?

For this reason, always do a good job iPhone backup is essential so that you don’t suddenly lose your digital life.

And this is probably the most complete iPhone backup article you’ll find on the internet. Do you know why?

Because we take the best tips from Apple itself and add to our experience of more than a decade with readers from all over the country. For years we have been helping users like you get the best out of your iPhone.

So keep the link in this tutorial to come back whenever you need it, and share it with your relatives and friends, for everyone to make their backups as it should be done.

Backup types

There are two ways to back up your iPhone: computer or in iCloud.

On your computer, you keep a copy close to you, on Windows or Mac, and you can retrieve it whenever you need it, even when you don’t have access to the internet.

ICloud is all about the cloud and the execution is automatic: it happens without you even seeing it. This is great for anyone who doesn’t have much time to worry about backups.

But each of these ways has its pros and cons. And that’s what we’ll talk about next.

Which iPhone backup method is best for you

Nothing prevents you from making multiple backups on both your computer and iCloud at the same time.

However, the most common (and practical) is that you choose a single method for you, so that there is no danger of you having different backups, one less updated than the other, when you need it.

The choice is purely personal and you have to decide. But to help, it is good to know the characteristic of each one of them.

IPhone backup on iCloud

If you decide to back up your iPhone using iCloud, you should know the following information:

Data recording is daily and automatic, without you having to worry about it The backup takes up storage space on iCloud; if you have a free account (5GB), it may be full in no time
Allows you to make and recover backups anywhere you have a Wi-Fi connection Data recovery and application installation from the cloud is very slow, even on fast connections
You never have to connect your iPhone to a computer When you don’t have internet access, you won’t be able to recover your backup

Backup iPhone on computer

Choosing to save your iPhone backup on your computer, you have the following pros and cons:

Faster data recording and restoration The backup takes up the computer’s storage space. If it is a notebook with limited SSD, this can be a problem
Can save and recover backups even when you don’t have internet access You will always need your computer to recover the backup you made
You can save the copy of a specific backup, without being overwritten by the latest version If your computer has a problem and needs to be formatted, you lose your backup. Unless, of course, you also back up your computer elsewhere

What is backed up

When you back up your iPhone, the following information is saved so that you can recover it at another time:

  • Application data (everything in it)
  • Apple Watch backups
  • Device settings
  • Home screen and apps layout
  • IMessage and text (SMS) messages
  • Photos and videos taken on iPhone
  • Ringtones

What is left out when you back up

Not everything is saved in the backup and it is very important that you know this, so as not to risk losing any important data:

  • User-imported content on the device, such as music, MP3 files, videos and photos
  • Data already stored in iCloud, such as iCloud Photos, iMessages and text messages (SMS)
  • Data stored on other cloud services, such as Gmail and Exchange
  • Face ID or Touch ID settings
  • Apple Pay settings and information
  • Apple Mail data
  • Password, Activity and Health data. To include this content, you need to enable encrypted backup in iTunes (all iCloud backups are already encrypted)

How to backup iPhone using iCloud

IPhone backup on iCloud

In summary, these are the steps to back up your iPhone using iCloud:

  1. Connect the device to the internet, over the Wi-Fi network.
  2. Open the Settings app
  3. At the top of the screen, tap where your name (or the name of the device owner) is written
  4. Touch iCloud.
  5. Tap on “iCloud Backup”.
  6. Tap “Backup Now” and wait for the process to finish.

We did another article, much more detailed, with all these steps illustrated for the same procedure.

How to backup iPhone on computer

Backup iPhone to iTunes

In summary, these are the steps to back up the iPhone on your computer:

  1. Install iTunes on your Mac or Windows. If you have macOS Catalina or later, just open the Finder.
  2. Connect the iPhone to the computer using the USB cable.
  3. If a message appears asking for the device’s access code or an alert “Trust this computer?”, Say that you trust, after all the computer is yours.
  4. Locate the device on the computer.
  5. If you want to save the Health and Activity data of the device or Apple Watch, you will need to encrypt the backup: check the box “Encrypt backup from [dispositivo]”And create a password that you can remember in the future. If you do not need to save your Health and Activity data, you can make an unencrypted backup. Just click Backup Now.

We did another article, much more detailed, with all these steps illustrated for the same procedure.

When there is not enough storage on iCloud

iPhone backup - Insufficient storage iCloud

If you run out of space in your iCloud account and a warning starts saying that you were unable to create the backup because of this, you will need to resolve this space issue first. And we have a tutorial here on the blog that teaches you how to do it:

Problems when backing up iPhone

If you encountered problems while performing the backup, check the following procedures:

  1. Make sure the iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi. Don’t try to do it over 3G / 4G.
  2. Make sure your iPhone is updated to the latest version of iOS.
  3. Try backing up to another Wi-Fi network. It often does.

Can I restore an iPhone backup on an iPad (and vice versa)?

Yes, it is possible. However, as they are devices of different categories, some types of content may not be transferred. This content includes photos, messages and attachments from the Messaging, Recordings app and apps that are not compatible with the device being configured. For example, apps that are only compatible with the iPad will not be transferred to the iPhone.

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