For smartphones, tablets, or computers you can own, backups are important because they are helpful in getting them back to their previous configuration, even if you reset them or pass on to a new system. When it comes to iPhones, all the data on your smartphone can be copied and saved on the cloud or locally so that it can be accessed later.
When you backup data on your iPhone, when you reset it after repair or set up a new iPhone with your previous data and settings, you can easily be able to restore content and settings on your computer. Before macOS 10.15, to back up your iPhone, you used to rely on iTunes software on a Mac, but iTunes no longer exists, but that doesn’t mean you have run out of options.
We’ll help you find out various ways to back up data from your iPhone in this article.
Using iCloud on your iPhone
You do not need a cable or the need to create a connection between your iPhone and a computer when you make a backup of your device using iCloud. Via WiFi, iCloud backups can store the following items:
- App data
- Apple Watch backups
- iPhone settings
- Home screen and app layout
- Messages received and sent using iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS
- Photos and videos stored on your iPhone
- Purchase history from Apple services, like music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books
- Visual Voicemail password
ICloud will not be able to back up the following things to your Apple account: iCloud Music, content in the App Store, Apple Mail data, Face ID or Touch ID settings, data and settings for Apple Pay, data already saved in iCloud, and data stored in other cloud stores, such as Gmail and Exchange mail.
You will first need to ensure that your iPhone is linked to the internet through a WiFi network, preferably an unmetered one, in order to start backing up your data on your iPhone without connecting it to any other device.
With that out of the way, by opening the ‘Settings’ app and selecting your name from the screen, you can now begin making your iCloud backup.
Tap the ‘iCloud’ option on the inside of the Apple ID pad.
Next, scroll down and pick the ‘iCloud Backup’ option on the iCloud panel.
Turn the adjacent switch to ‘iCloud Backup’ on the next computer, then tap ‘Back Up Now’.
All of your iPhone details will now start to be backed up on iCloud and keep your computer linked to your Wi-Fi network to ensure it is properly uploaded.
At any time, you can check the progress of the backup by coming back to this screen.
The ‘iCloud Backup’ would also display when your backup is complete, the last time it was able to sync your iPhone data successfully.
On iCloud, you can store up to 5 GB for free, at which point you can opt for extra storage starting at $0.99/month for 50 GB.You can check out additional iCloud Storage plans here.
Using the Finder app on a Mac
The backed-up data covers almost all of your device’s data and settings when you use your Mac to back up data from your iPhone, except for the following items:
- Face ID or Touch ID settings
- Apple Pay data and settings
- Content from iTunes, App Store, Apple Books
- Content synced using Finder or iTunes
- Data already stored in iCloud – iCloud Photos, iMessage, text (SMS), and multimedia (MMS) messages
- Activity, Health, Keychain data
- Apple Mail data
You need to make sure that both the iPhone and Mac devices are updated to their new OS versions before you begin backing up your iPhone data on a Mac. Your iPhone should run iOS 12 or later for this process to work and your Mac should run macOS Catalina (10.15) or newer.
Link them using a USB-to-Lightning cable that comes with your iPhone with both the iPhone and Mac turned ON.
Open the Finder app on the Mac after connecting your iPhone to your Mac.
You should be able to see your iPhone from the left sidebar inside the Finder window. If not, to extend it, click on the section ‘Locations’ on the sidebar. You can view the iPhone you have mentioned here. On your iPhone, click.
If this is the first time you connect your iPhone to the Mac, you will be prompted with a “Trust iPhone” dialog to ask you. On your Mac, you’ll need to click on ‘Trust.’
In the next step, when the “Trust This Computer” dialog prompts you, you will have to tap the ‘Trust’ option on your iPhone.
After you selected the ‘Trust’ option, enter your device passcode on your smartphone.
You’ll be able to see your iPhone data inside the Finder app on your Mac once this authentication is complete. This is the management screen of your iPhone system that hosts all the controls you will need to back up your iPhone.
Click on the ‘General’ tab at the top of this screen and select the ‘Back Up All Data to This Mac on Your iPhone/iPad’ option under the ‘Backups’ section.
If you already own an Apple Watch, you need to check the ‘Encrypt local backup’ box on this screen so that your health and activity information from the watch is also backed up by the Finder.
Tap on the ‘Back Up Now’ button on the Finder screen after this. You will now start to backup your iPhone data on your Mac and you will be able to see progress on the Finder screen of your computer.
You can also activate the ‘Display this iPhone while on Wi-Fi’ option under ‘Options’ and then ‘Apply’ once you’ve linked your iPhone and Mac using a cable and completed a backup.
This choice will allow you to wirelessly back up data to your Mac from your iPhone when both devices are connected to the same WiFi network.
Using Third-party software
If you don’t want to save your iPhone data on Apple’s iCloud or Mac device, then there are no choices for you. Apple allows you to rely on third-party applications that you can use to backup content to a Mac or PC from your iPhone, and you can get additional backup options by using these programs, such as choosing your storage location, accessing secret files, restoring deleted content from your iPhone, and more.
These backup options vary between applications, so you have the freedom to pick and depend on which app to use. Depending on your specifications, you can use any of the following applications from third parties:
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