I’m gone The days of not needing a smartphone. Your iPhone is much more than just a screen for texting. Today, smartphones are everything. It’s the way to get work done, stay up to date with the crazy news cycle, keep in touch with friends and family, and capture life’s most important moments. Carrying all this information in our pockets is very powerful, and it makes getting through our days a little easier. It also means that our most important data can easily be lost when you forget your phone on the train or have an unfortunate fight with the sidewalk.
If you want to avoid the frantic attempt to get back the best shots from a friend’s wedding, you should back up your iPhone. It’s an especially good idea if you’re planning to update to New iPhone. There are several ways to do this, and which one you choose will depend on your needs and habits. After you make a full backup, check out our guide to Choose the best iPhone.
Updated September 2021: We updated the steps for backing up iPhone to macOS or Windows computers.
Backup to iCloud
Your easiest option, and Apple’s first recommendation, is to backup your iPhone to iCloud.
Very simple process:
- Connect to a Wi-Fi network.
- go inside settings, Click on your name, then iCloud.
- On the iCloud page, scroll down and tap iCloud Backup. Make sure the switch is on so you have automatic backups when your iPhone is charged, locked, and connected to Wi-Fi. then press Make a backup now To force a backup.
- Check or deselect things like your photos that you want iCloud to back up.
Apple gives you 5GB of iCloud storage for free, but that probably isn’t enough to cover all your data. Proceed iOS 15There is a temporary way to backup your data to iCloud even if you run out of storage space, but that doesn’t help you now. You can buy more storage, but it adds more very quickly. For users with a lot of data, there is a better way to do this for free.
Backup to your Mac
If your phone is loaded with photos, songs, apps, and years of text messages, a basic iCloud backup won’t cut it. If you have a computer with some spare gigs, you can plug in your iPhone and click a few buttons to make sure all your phone data is hidden, safe and sound. But the correct method depends on your macOS version.
If you’re not sure what Apple operating system you have, just click the little Apple icon in the top left corner of your Mac desktop and select About this Mac. Another window will appear telling you in large letters what you are playing.
Backup to MacOS Catalina 10.15 or later
Upgrading to macOS Catalina (2019) got rid of iTunes, replacing it with three separate apps for Music, Podcasts, and TV. Backup option is Now in Finder, where you can search other folders and drives. The steps for backing up your iPhone are almost the same as in iTunes:
- Connect your iPhone to your computer using a cable.
- Open discoverer and select your iPhone in the sidebar.
- Click general and choose Backup all the data on your iPhone to this Mac.
- If you want to encrypt and protect your data with a password, select Encrypt local backup.
- click Make a backup now.