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How to Back up Your Devices Using iTunes or iCloud

author Emily Watson
date Monday, September 25, 2017

What's the importance of backing up iPhone/iPad/iPod data? You won't know it until you have lost some important data, such as the wedding photos, prepared materials for graduation, your child's first video, etc. We have received emails about data loss of different kinds. And we feel sorry when there is no way to recover data for some iPhone users since their data are overwritten by new generated data and they have no backup available.

For sake of avoiding data loss of iPhone, iPad, iPod, it is important to back up your iPhone X/8/8 Plus /7/7 Plus/6s/6 Plus/others to iTunes, iCloud or computer. There are 3 ways to create a iOS backup: back up iPhone/iPad/iPod to iTunes, to iCloud or to computer.

Solution 1: How to Securely Back up & Restore Data Using iTunes

Step 1: Open iTunes on your computer and connect your device to it via a USB cable.

Step 2: Your device will be detected by iTunes automatically.

Step 3: Click "File > Devices > Transfer Purchases" to save content that you have downloaded from iTunes Store or App Store.

Transfer Purchase from iPhone

Step 4: Click "File > Devices > Back up" to save data in iTunes.

Click Back up to Save in iTunes

Step 5: Click "iTunes Preferences > Devices" to see whether the backup process is finished or not. The whole process will be finished until you see the the name of your device with the date and time under Device backups.

See Device Backups in Preferences

Tip: Restore iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch from iTunes Backup

Well, until now, you have successfully backed up data of your devices in iTunes now. However, restoring iPhone/iPad/iPod with iTunes will delete all exsiting data on the device. To restore iTunes backup without erasing data, you can use FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery (opens new window), which can help you view and extract data from iTunes backup files (opens new window) without erasing the exsiting data on your iOS devices.

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Solution 2: How to Back up Data Using iCloud and Restore from iCloud

Step 1: Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: In iOS 11/10/9/8, tap Settings > iCloud > Backup. In iOS 7 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.

Step 3: Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on.

Turn on iCloud Backup

Step 4: Tap "Back Up Now". Please make sure your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch is connected to Wi-Fi during the whole process.

Step 5: Go to "Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage", if you see the correct date and backup size of this backup file, it means the process is finished.

More for your references, iCloud can automatically back up your device each day if it meets these requirements:

  • Your device is connected to a power source.

  • Your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

  • Your device's screen is locked.

Tip: Restore iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch from iCloud Backup

To restore iPhone/iPad/iPod from iCloud backup, you first need to erase all contents and settings on your iOS device. To restore iPhone from iCloud without reset (opens new window), you can use FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery, which can download iCloud backup and restore photos, contacts, messages, WhatsApp messages, etc. without resetting iPhone/iPad/iPod.

Solution 3: How to Back up iOS Devices to Computer

If you are an old iPhone/iPad/iPod user, you will notice iTunes and iCloud sometimes go wrong:

  • Using iTunes always makes the computer run slow.

  • iCloud has only 5GB free space to save data.

When you are not satisfied with them, here suggest you to try FonePaw iOS Data Backup & Restore (opens new window) which can be an alternative to iTunes and iCloud backup. It can create a backup with smaller size than iTunes backup and provide way for you to preview the backup files while iTunes and iCloud cannot do.

Back up Your iPhone

Step 1. Launch Backup & Restore Page

Download and install FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery and move into "More Tools" > "iOS Data Backup & Restore" to get started.

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Step 2. Choose Backup Mode

Connect device to the computer and select "iOS Data Backup" to choose certain backup mode, like "Standard backup" or "Encrypted backup". If you tend to use encrypted backup, please add a password for your backup file.

Choose Backup Mode

Step 3. Tick Data to Back up

All supported files are listed, so tick the ideal one to begin backing up. Just in several minutes, the contents will be saved in a folder saving on your computer.

Backup Completes

Restore Items from Backups

Step 1. Preview Backup Files

Still go to "iOS Data Backup & Restore" homepage and then hit "iOS Data Restore". In this screen, you can click certain backup to check the details.

Choose Bakcups

Note: If you have set passcode before, it is in need to unlock it with the same password.

Step 2. Selete Items to Restore

There are lots of contents in a backup, so you can check one by one. Then go to choose certain items to restore with clicking "Restore to PC" or "Restore to Device".

Preview Details

Step 3. Check the Results

As the restoring is done, you can check the restored data on your PC or device.

Restore is Over

From now on, you are skilled in backing up iDevices data in iTunes, iCloud or backup & restore tool. Once you found some data loss in your devices, you can follow the above steps to restore data from iTunes or iCloud via FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery.