How to (Properly) Backup Your iPhone in iTunes

RaZzaQ Alansari

How many times have you tried to backup your iPhone and found that you lost some of your data? Well today, I will guide you to how to backup your Apple devices and avoid losing your data. Let us start:

Step 1:  Check if you have iTunes on your laptop or desktop. If yes, go to step 3. Otherwise, continue on step 2.

Step 2: You have to download iTunes from Apple’s website or click on the link below: http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/.  Click on download now, then choose the location of your iTunes Setup (I recommend that you save it on the Desktop of your computer) then click Save. After the download is done, you should see an iTunes file on your Desktop. Double click on the file and click Run, Next, and then Install and Finish. Congratulations! iTunes is installed and ready to use.

Step 3: Open iTunes, connect your iPhone to the laptop or desktop via USB cable and wait, you should see the iPhone’s name under the iTunes Devices. Click on the iPhone icon and it will jump you to another page (Summary page). Under Backups, you should see two options: Backup from the iCloud or This Computer.

Step 4: On this step I will show you how to back up your iPhone, my recommendation do not Backup from iCloud because iCloud has a limitation of storage capacity, which is 5 GB free when you create an iCloud account. In most cases, 5 GB will not backup all of your data, so the best option is to Backup to his computer. Choose This Computer, then click on Backup Now and wait for the process to be complete. You should see the date and time of the backup under Last Backup. In addition, if you want to protect the backup file on this computer, you can encrypt the file on the computer. At this point, you have a full backup file for your iPhone. Make sure you know all the passwords for your accounts and iCloud because passwords will not be backed up.

Step 5: Since you have a full backup on your computer, let’s go and show you how to restore the iPhone from the backup file you just made. Go to iTunes and under iPhone Summary, go to Restore Backup, it will tell you to turn Find My iPhone off. Go to your iPhone, Settings, iCloud, and then Find My iPhone and turn it off. It will ask you to enter your Apple ID and password. Go back to iTunes and click Restore from the Backup again, and iTunes will ask you to check a newer iPhone update and it will shows you three options: Cancel, Backup or Don’t Backup. You can choose Backup if you want to restore the iPhone from the Backup you just did. Do not Backup if you want to resell, donate, or upgrade the phone. In that case, the iPhone will be set back to the factory settings so that the iPhone can be used as a new iPhone.

Best Practice: If you have an iPhone with low storage capacity and need more storage, you should refresh the device (back it up and restore it). Extra system files build up and takes up more storage than it should. Therefore, if you do this process you will be able to get rid of the old files in the system, and keep your iPhone running smoothly.

RaZzaQ Alansari is a member of the Information Technology Senior Seminar course and is planning on a career in IT Field to help people understanding the technology and make it useful to them. You can also visit his website at http://razzaqalansari.com/beacon-article.html to see the online version of this article with pictures.

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