Back up your iPhone and iPad

Serenity Caldwell
19 July, 2013
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If you use your iPhone or iPad a lot, it likely has a host of vital information stored on it – information that you probably don’t want to lose. That’s why backing up your iPhone and iPad is so important. We’re going to go through two quick ways you can make a backup on your device and through your computer.

To make a wireless backup directly from your device, you’ll need an iCloud account. Once you’re logged in to iCloud, make sure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network – you can’t make a backup over 3G. After you’ve done so, just tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup, turn on the iCloud Backup toggle, and press Back Up Now.

This creates a manual backup of your device at any time. In addition, when iCloud Backup is turned on, your device automatically backs up any time it is plugged in, locked and connected to Wi-Fi.

If you’d like to have an local backup on your computer, you can also back up your device through iTunes. Just plug your phone into your computer (or use the Wi-Fi Sync option) and open iTunes.

Once iTunes is open, click the Devices menu, select your iPhone, and scroll down in the summary section to Backups. There, under Manually Back Up and Restore, click Back Up Now.

This is also where you can change your backups so that you solely back up through iTunes, but if you have an iCloud account, we recommend you have backups in both places.

by Serenity Caldwell, Macworld


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  1. etf123 says:

    Is there any way to restore a single file from an old backup? My daughter uses her iPad for school every day, and lost a presentation file from a week ago – but I can’t figure out any way to restore just that one file. If I restore the full backup, she’ll loose everything else she’s worked on in the last week.
    If not through Apple, are there any third party apps that provide a file by file backup service?

  2. Alexander Wong says:

    The manual backup through iTunes does not appear to back up Notes on my iPhone5. How do I backup my Notes on the iPhone5?

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