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How to Back Up Your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch with iTunes or iCloud?

What is a Backup?

When you back up your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you will have a copy of your iDevice data. The backups include your settings, apps, contacts, messages, music, photos, voice memos, HomeKit data, health data, passcodes and more. If your iDevice is lost, damaged or broken, you can restore the device with your backups. Your data is important and irreplaceable. The best way to protect your data is to back up your iDevice.

Here we will introduce three ways to back up your iDevice: backup with iCloud, your computer, and third-party software.

Part 1: Back up with iCloud.

Part 2: Back up using a computer Mac or PC-with iTunes or Finder.

Part 3: Back up using SD iPhone Data Recovery.

Part 1:Back up with iCloud:

Using iCloud Backup is easy and automatic. But You might need to buy more storage space for the iCloud plan. Everyone has a 5 GB free iCloud space limitation initially. If you have more data to sync with iCloud, choose a monthly paid plan with $0.99 per month,$2.99 and $9.99 per month for 50GB plan,200GB and 2TB plans respectively.

Here’s the method:

Manual and instant backup via iCloud Backup.

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

Step 2: Head to Settings > [your name], and tap iCloud.

Step 3:Tap iCloud Backup.

Step 4: Tap Back Up Now.

icloud backup nowKeep your iPhone connected to the Wi-Fi network until the backup complete.

Where to Check the backup progress and backup files?

You can check the progress, view and manage the backup results files. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. Under the Back Up Now, you can see the date and time, size of your backups, also you can delete them here.

Automatically back up your iDevice with iCloud.

Step 1:Turn on Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup.

Step 2: Stay your iDevice connected to Wi-Fi, connected to a power source and Screen locked.

Step 3:Make sure you have enough space in iCloud for the backups. If not, upgrade your iCloud storage plan via Settings > your name >iCloud >Manage Storage >Change Storage Plan. Choose a proper plan and pay for it.

Part 2: Back up using a computer (Mac or PC)-with Finder or iTunes.

Using the computer to back up your iDevice will save your data on your local computer. Check there is enough space on your disk.

On a Mac: Use Finder or iTunes.

On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15, Open Finder.

On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, Open iTunes.

On Finder.

Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Mac. If a message asks for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, enter your passcode or Tap Trust on your iDevice.

Your devices appear in the sidebar of the Finder windows. Click the device to select it.

Click Back Up Now. When the process ends, you can see the backup date and time.

macos catalina finder backup
MacOS Catalina Finder Backup

On iTunes.

View your device by clicking on the mobile phone-like icon in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window. Click Summary.

itunes device optionCheck This Computer, if you want to manually back up the iDevice, Click Back Up Now.

If you want to backup your heath and Homekit data, check “Encrypt Local Backup” to encrypt your backup.

Remember to write down the passcode for backups. There is no way to recover the backup passcode from the Apple official way.

backup via iTunesOn a PC: Use iTunes.

  1. Install the latest official iTunes app on your PC.
  2. Connect your iDevice to your PC. When prompted, Tap Trust on your device screen.
  3. Click the device’s icon in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window.
  4. On the summary page. Click This Computer>Back Up Now.

If you’d like to back up your health data and Homekit data on your PC, select “Encrypt Local Backup”. Remember your password by writing down it.

Part 3: Back up using SD iPhone Data Recovery.

The most outstanding feature of the software is a visual backup. Besides backup, It can also repair your system and recover your deleted files for a local backup.

Free Download and Install it on your computer. This SD iPhone Data Backup has both Windows and Mac. And it supports the latest OS.

Step 1:Launch the app on your computer, and connect your iDevice to the computer. Head to iOS Data Backup & Restore section.

Step 2: Click iOS Data backup.

Step 3:Choose from Standard Backup or Encrypted Backup. You are required to set a password for your local encrypted backup if you choose Encrypted backup. Click Start. The software will scan and detect the type of files of your iDevice. Depending on the amount of data you have on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, this will take a few moments.

ios data backupStep 4: Select files by checking the icon next to the scanned file directory. Then click Next.

Select scanned file types to back upWhen the backup process complete, the software shows a congratulations screen.

Congratulations-backup finished

Next time when you want to restore your backup, just head to this app and head to More tools > iOS data backup and Restore > iOS Data Restore, and choose one backup from the list. The software will restore your data according to your selectively picks or restore the entire data.

It is up to you to choose what methods for a backup. You should always maintain a backup routine. Data loss is painful and often occurs in people’s life. It is always good to plan ahead. If you have any questions about iTunes, iCloud backup, or this software backup, let’s know in the comments, and we will try to help you out.

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Amanda Lee

I am the chief editor of I have been engaged in software and computer gadgets fields for over 10 years, offering proven guides, tips, and software solutions in data recovery, and multimedia field.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. hi i am wondering will this webpage get my photos of a disabled iphone?
    without losing any data etc.. once photos are received off the phone i am happy to reset the phone completely .

    1. Do you have any backups on iCloud or iTunes? If there are any, you can download the app and use the SD iPhone Data Recovery to retrieve your data from backups on the computer.

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