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24 June 2021

IPhone and iPad backup. Everything you need to know

The article provides information on how to create and restore backups on iClod and iTuns

Yarina Samarik

What is an iPhone and iPad backup?

A backup is a complete copy of your gadget's data. Absolutely all data is copied: passwords, correspondence, photos, contacts, games. That is, if you have backed up your iPhone, then after buying a new Apple smartphone, you can transfer this copy to it and use the new iPhone with the "stuffing" of the old.

When should I back up my iPhone or iPad?

Many people despise backing up their gadgets and then deeply regret it because the lost information is no longer recovered. Therefore, we recommend that you make backup copies on a regular basis. Often this is not necessary, but a certain regularity must be present and you are already obliged to create it for yourself.

Apple itself offers to update the backup, in the case of iCloud, every two weeks. Apparently, the best option - twice a week or at least once a month.

And of course, be sure to back up when updating your operating system to a new version. First, if something happens during the upgrade process itself, and it can happen anything, because Apple developers are also not perfect. And you will have to restart the system, so if you do not have a backup, you will lose all your data. In this case, you will have to use your iPhone, as if you just bought it in a store and got it out of the box.

Second, you need to make a backup before upgrading to be able to opt out. For example, you'll want to revert to a previous version of iOS, and you simply won't be able to restore your data if you didn't have a backup.

Another important detail is that backups of new operating systems do not match the old ones. If you make a backup on iOS 14, you will not be able to download this copy on iOS 13.7, but if you make a backup on iOS 13.7, then you will be able to download this copy on iOS 14. That is, you can download copies from older versions versions, and copies of new ones cannot be downloaded to old ones.

How to Backup iPhone and iPad |

In fact, there are three ways you can back up your Apple gadget:

  • Using iCloud
  • Using iTunes
  • Using third-party software

We will discuss with you only the first two methods, which are reliable and tested by Apple itself.

How to back up iCloud for iPhone and iPad?

To begin with, we hasten to inform you that this backup is not free, because in order to do it you need to buy iCloud itself. Yes, Apple has given you 5 GB of storage, but believe me, they fill up so quickly that you won't even notice. Therefore, depending on the amount of your data, you will have to buy a place in the iCloud cloud.

This is probably the simplest way that exists. You just need to go to the "settings", click on your Apple ID, go to iCloud, scroll down, go to the backup and write "create a copy". After that, a copy of your data was successfully created. You can also activate the automatic copy feature, which will create at night, every two weeks. This requires that your device be connected to a charger and to Wifi.

The downside is that with a weak internet, copying can take a long time to create. If the internet is good, it will take a few minutes. You should also be warned that not all files can be copied successfully. If system files, icon placement, your photos, contacts are transferred without problems, then third-party application files may not be copied.

How to back up via iTunes for iPhone and iPad?

Here, too, everything is simple. You need to connect iPhone to your computer with a special lighting cable. Log in to iTuns via your computer, select your device and click on the "encrypt backup" checkbox. This is done so that all your data is backed up and safely transferred to a new device.

We warn you not to forget the password from this backup, because without it you will not be able to do anything with it without a password. Finally, click on the "back up" button. It will be stored on your computer. In the folder in which iTuns will create for it.

You can always recover from this copy, at least in a year or five. Unlike iCloud backup, which is constantly updating data.

This copy is more reliable because all your data will be stored directly "in your hands" on your computer, not somewhere on Apple's servers. Also, more data is more likely to be transmitted over the cable, and the same files from third-party applications can be saved.

And one of the disadvantages of this backup is the mandatory presence of a computer, because not everyone has it. Well, accordingly, this copy will take up as much memory as there is data on your device. If forty-six of your iPhone's six GB is occupied, about the same amount of copy will take up your computer's memory. It is worth remembering and being prepared for this.

What is the best way to copy data to iPhone and iPad?

Here it is difficult to give an unambiguous answer, because each of these methods is good and bad in its own way. As mentioned above, a copy created on iTuns will serve as a more reliable data repository, as it will be stored directly on your computer for many years - the longer the computer works, the longer it will be stored there. But you will have to regularly update yourself, or rather - create new copies. And iCloud will update (not create new ones) them for you, every two weeks, isn't it cool? But it will cost more, because you remember the gift from Apple, in the form of 5 GB of iCloud storage, which is no good. But in iTuns on the computer you do not have to pay for anything, unless the memory runs out on the computer itself.

So, only you can choose, judging by what you have. But backing up your data on your devices is definitely worth it. Unfortunately, most Apple users only realize this after encountering a terrible mess when a copy is not created and the data is erased. At such moments, people regret that they did not think about it in advance.

And then we'll tell you how to restore a backup on your iPhone and iPad, so stay tuned, as this information can also come in handy.

How to restore iCloud backup on iPhone and iPad?

You must first erase all data from your iPhone. To do this, go to settings, click on the "basic" button, then press "reset" and select "delete content and settings". It is not necessary to keep a backup copy, therefore we simply press "to erase iPhone". Next, the system will prompt for a password from your Apple ID, which you will need to enter. Then set the command "erase". Your phone will turn off for a while, during which time it will clear all the data from your iPhone. This process will take a few minutes. Upon completion, you will have to set up your iPhone as when you just bought it. We go through all the settings and when you get to "Programs and Data" you will be offered four ways to recover data: Restore from a copy of iCloud, restore from a copy of iTuns, transfer data from Androi or transfer nothing at all and from nowhere. Choose the first option to transfer data from a copy of iCloud. To do this, enter the Apple ID and enter it, ie specify the password. We agree to the terms of use and choose a backup if you have several. They will differ in the time of creation and the amount of memory, and of course the data they contain. This will start the data transfer process, which will take some time depending on the speed of your Wifi. When the download is complete and your iPhone is activated, some apps will continue to download in the background for a while. containing. This will start the data transfer process, which will take some time depending on the speed of your Wifi. When the download is complete and your iPhone is activated, some apps will continue to download in the background for a while. containing. This will start the data transfer process, which will take some time depending on the speed of your Wifi. When the download is complete and your iPhone is activated, some apps will continue to download in the background for a while.

We perform similar actions on the iPad.

How do I restore an iTuns backup to my iPhone or iPad?

Connect the device to Wifi, go to settings, go to Apple ID, then select "locator" and click "find iPhone" and turn off this feature. Next, the system will ask you to enter the password from your Apple, which is required to disable this feature. "Find iPhone" turned off.

Next, you need to connect iPhone to your computer with a lighting cable and launch iTuns. There you need to open the tab "my device" in the form of a phone icon. Next, select the "restore from copy" option. Select the backup you would like to restore and click "restore". This will start the recovery process, which will take a few minutes. When done, a notification will appear on the screen informing you that your iPhone data has been successfully restored and warning you not to disconnect the cable in advance. Then your iPhone will start the reboot phase. After that, you will have to reconfigure your gadget. When you fill in all the required fields, your device will turn on with the old data that has just been updated. However, for a while, as with the iCloud backup, the applications will still load, so you'll have to wait.

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