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How to backup your iOS device using iCloud or iTunes

Backups or backups are important, but often forgotten. At least until we have a problem with our device and we can only regret not having done them.

Therefore, today we will teach you how to make a backup copy of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch quickly and easily, so that at least you have a backup item from which to restore your iOS device in case one day it is necessary.

Select a method to make your backup

Before you start, know the difference between backing up with iCloud and iTunes. Decide which method is best for you and follow the steps below.

In case you need an alternative backup, you can make one in iCloud and another in iTunes.

Back up with iCloud

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

Step 2. In iOS 8 or later, tap Settings> iCloud> Backup. In iOS 7 or earlier, tap Settings> iCloud> Storage & Copy.

Make sure you’ve turned on iCloud Backup.

Step 3. Tap Back up now. Stay connected to the Wi-Fi network until the process is complete.

Step 4. Make sure the backup has finished by tapping Settings> iCloud> Storage> Manage storage, and then selecting the device.

The backup you just made should include information on the time it was made and the size.

Automatic backups to iCloud

After you have enabled iCloud Backup, iCloud can back up your device automatically on a daily basis.

However, iCloud will only perform automatic backups on a daily basis if the following conditions are met:

  • The device is connected to a power source.
  • The device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Device screen is locked.
  • You have enough available space in iCloud for the backup.

Back up with iTunes

Step 1. Open iTunes and connect your device to your computer.

Step 2. Save downloaded content from the iTunes Store or the App Store by clicking File> Devices> Transfer Purchases. Wait for the transfer process to finish.

Step 3. If you want to save Health and Activity data from your iOS device or Apple Watch, you must encrypt the backup. To do this, select the checkbox Encrypt backupd and set a password that you can remember.

Take note of the password and keep it in a safe place, because without it it is impossible to recover iTunes backups.

If you don’t have to save your Health and Activity data, you can make an unencrypted backup.

Just click Back up now. If you’re using Windows, click File> Devices> Save backup.

Step 4. When the process is complete, you can see if the backup completed successfully in iTunes Preferences> Devices. You should see the device name with the date and time iTunes created the backup.

If you have encrypted the backup, you should also see the lock icon
next to the device name.

And that’s it, you already have a backup of your iOS device.