Nowadays all our digital life is stored on our smartphone. Photos, Contacts, Credit Card information, Online Banking details represent vital information that we use day by day. Some data is available only on the iPhone without having it written down physically. For example, when you save a new contact, you don’t also write it down in your physical agenda, because that’s time consuming.
So, having a backup of all the digital data stored on your iPhone is mandatory. This helps, in the worst case scenario, that you lose or destroy your iOS device. With a backup available, you have a way to recover your data and upload it on a new iPhone. Backups can be done via iTunes or iCloud. The difference is the iTunes ones are saved on the computer used for backing up, while the iCloud ones are stored on the cloud and available for download from anywhere an Internet connection is found.
How To Backup iPhone Via iTunes
Saving a copy of your iOS device and storing it on your computer is a rapid and easy process. Here is what you have to do:
Step 1: Download & Install the iTunes software on your Mac or Windows computer. Click here and a new page with the official iTunes download information opens up. The Apple website automatically detects if you’re using a Mac or Windows machine and provides the appropriate version.
Step 2: Fill in your name, email address and check the software requirements. Click Download now when you’re ready and the file will be saved on your computer.
Step 3: Check the Downloads folder on your computer or Mac and run the freshly downloaded iTunes installer. Go through the regular steps of a setup process and run iTunes on your machine.
Step 4: Provide your Apple ID log-in credentials when prompted. These are the same log-in details that you use on your iPhone with FaceTime, App Store and so on. Now, you’re ready to backup up your iPhone!
Fact: If iTunes is already installed on your computer, skip the above. Just make sure that it’s updated to the latest version.
Step 6: Grab your iOS device and plug it in the USB port of your computer. iTunes will detect it. Let your device know that it’s a Trustable machine.
Step 7: Click on the iPhone icon available in the top-left area of the iTunes interface. It will open the iPhone view.
Step 8: Click Back Up Now and the process starts. The computer displays “Backing up [iPhone name]…” along with a progress bar. The Ongoing backup process is also confirmed on your iPhone by two arrows rotating clock-wise in the top-right corner of the screen. Be patient until it completes. That’s it your iPhone is now backed up.
How To Restore iPhone Backup From iTunes
With a copy of your iOS device available, it’s a piece of cake to restore it using iTunes:
Step 1: Open iTunes and connect your iPhone with your computer via the Lightning cable.
Step 2: Click on your device icon which appears, after being detected, in the top left area of the screen.
Step 3: Click on Restore from iPhone Backup and the process starts.
Step 4: The iOS device will display the Restore in Progress message while, iTunes will display a progress bar on your machine.
Step 5: Before the restoration is completed, the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch reboots itself. Don’t disconnect the device before you check the Home screen and make sure that everything is working fine.