Whether your iPhone is frozen, stuck on Apple logo, or you simply need to refresh it, you may have to factory-reset it. This might cause you to lose the pictures, videos, files and other important data. In order to keep your content safe, you can back up your iPhone before the reset. Here are the ways to do that.
If you wish to save the iPhone data on your computer, you can back it up using iTunes. You don’t need internet connection for this process. All you need is a PC or Mac with iTunes and a USB wire. Follow the steps below to take a backup:
- Launch iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable
- You may get a prompt asking for the iPhone passcode or you may need to ‘Trust This Computer.’ Simply follow the subsequent steps. However, if you have forgotten your passcode visit https://support.apple.com/kb/ht204306
- Your iPhone will now get displayed in iTunes. In rare cases, if you don’t see your device, visit https://support.apple.com/kb/ht204095
- If there is a Health and Activity data on your iPhone that you need to save, you will be required to encrypt the backup. You will see a box labelled Encrypt backup. Create a password you can remember easily. In case you don’t want to save Health and Activity data then encrypting backup is not mandatory
- Click the button Back Up Now
- Once iTunes has backed up the iPhone data successfully, you will get the confirmation. Also, under the icon and name of your device you will be able to see the last date and time of backup.
One of the biggest benefits of backing up your iPhone data on iCloud is that you can access it from anywhere. iTunes backup requires you to connect your device to the specific computer on which you took the backup. But, this is not the case with iCloud.
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Follow these simple steps to back up your device on iCloud:
- Make sure that your iPhone is connected to the internet, preferably to a Wi-Fi network. Also make sure that the device is either fully charged or plugged in to the power source
- Access Settings from the home screen and select iCloud (scroll down a bit.)
- Scroll down further and select Backup. Drag the toggle (next to iCloud Backup) to the right to enable iCloud backup.
- Tap on ‘Back Up Now’
This will start the manual backup process. It may take a while depending upon the size of the data on your iPhone and the time of last backup (as only the files that had not been backed up before will be saved on iCloud to save time and data). Make sure your iPhone stays connected to Wi-Fi all the while data is being backed up.
If you wish to back up your iPhone every day, keep the iCloud Backup option turned on. When your iPhone is plugged into the power source and is connected to the Wi-Fi network, it will get backed up automatically.