How to Backup an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

Are you confused about taking back of your iPhone? Here is a best ways of How to backup an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with step by step guide.

Backing up your iPhone or iPad isn’t necessarily the first thing on your task list, but maybe it should. Consider the photos and videos you have on your device. What about those important documents for work? All your contacts? Your fave game? What happens if your iPhone or iPad is broken or you accidentally drop it in the sink or someone steals it?

Be proactive. Back up your iPhone or iPad. It’s especially a good idea if you are updating to iOS 10.

How to Backup an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch:

How to Backup using iCloud or iTunes?

Apple’s tech support site’s guide on backing up helps you decide which backup method to use, iCloud or iTunes. Here is information on both.


  • Stores backups on computer
  • Storage depends on Mac or PC’s available space
  • Offers encrypted backup, but you must enable
  • You can create and use backups from Mac or PC


  • Stores backups in iCloud
  • Get up to 2TB of storage (but only first GB free)
  • Always encrypts backups
  • You can create and use backups from anywhere with Wi-Fi

How to Using iCloud

You can back up to iCloud using any Wi-Fi network. Here’s how.

  • Connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Tap Settings then iCloud.
  • Tap Backup and make sure iCloud Backup is on.
  • Tap Back Up Now.

How long the backup takes depends on how much you have on your iPhone or iPad. The more you have, the longer you can expect to wait. To make sure it’s done, go to Settings>iCloud>Storage>Manage Storage and tap on your device. It will give you what time the backup was made, how big it was and other details.

Once you have iCloud Backup selected on your device, it will back up automatically any time your device is connected to Wi-Fi.

There is data that won’t backup to iCloud. Here’s the list:

  • Touch ID settings
  • Apple Pay information and settings
  • Data stored in Gmail, Exchange mail and other cloud services
  • iCloud Music Library and App Store content
  • Data that’s already in iCloud including Contacts, Calendars, iCloud Photo and My Photo Stream

How to Backup Using iTunes

Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer using your USB sync cable to back up your device using iTunes. It may automatically connect to iTunes and start syncing once you connect it, but if not search for a Trust This Computer message on your device and tap yes then do the following:

  • Go to iTunes on the computer.
  • Click on your phone icon on the top left corner. You will see the device’s Summary box appear.
  • Click on Back Up Now under Manually Back Up and Restore.

How long your wait will be depends on when you last backed up your Apple device.

You can also click on This Computer under Automatically Back Up so that a full backup is stored every time you connect your Apple device to the computer.

If you have sensitive data, you have the option of clicking on Encrypt to save an encrypted version of your backup. You will be asked for a password. Make sure to write it down because Apple will not know it.

How to Backup Using third-party services

There is a third option when it comes to backing up data. That is to use a third-party service like Google Drive, Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive. Many of these options offer automatic syncing. Search for apps in the Apple App Store.

Things to consider include how much storage you will need and how much a third-party service will cost. Is the free data plan enough or will you need to pay extra? If you need a lot of storage, consider Google Drive. You get up to 15GB for free.

How to Backup Using an external drive

Another option is to back your iPhone or iPad up to an external drive. This option may be preferable to backing up your device to your computer if you want to conserve space on your computer, especially if it is a laptop with limited storage space.

Here’s how.

  • Connect your hard drive to your computer.
  • Create a folder on the drive named something like “iPhonebackups.”
  • Quit iTunes on your computer.
  • Open a Finder window and type Shift + Command + G and type /Library/Application Support/Mobile Sync Backup.
  • Locate the folders you want to move inside of the Backup directory and move them to the folder you created on your external drive.
  • Turn iTunes back on.

You will need to move the backup back to your computer in order to use it, but this works as a temporary solution if you have a storage crunch on your computer.

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