There is just no way to overstate the importance of backing up your iOS device. If your iPad or iPhone for any reason ever dies or needs to be reset, you’ll want to have a recent and complete backup. Luckily, it doesn’t take much effort on your part to ensure your iOS device is backing itself up on a regular basis.
How to Backup Your iOS Device Automatically to iCloud
- Make sure your iOS device is connected to your local Wi-Fi network.
- Open the Settings app, and go to “iCloud” -> “Backup”
- Tap the “iCloud Backup” toggle switch to turn it ON. (The switch will turn green, as seen in the screenshots above.)
- While you’re here, Go ahead and tap the “Back Up Now” link to immediately start a backup. Be sure to stay connected to Wi-Fi until it is finished.
If you’re the type who doesn’t like to leave anything to chance, verify that your iOS device is backing itself up by opening the Settings app and go to “Storage & iCloud Usage.” Under the ‘ICLOUD” section tap “Manage Storage” and then tap the name of the device you are backing up. You should now see the details of your last successful backup, including when it was completed, and the backup size. While you’re here, you can also control what app data the backups will save.
If you have an iOS device with a large amount of storage, you might need to buy some extra iCloud storage from Apple, but luckily, it’s fairly cheap to do so.
Each night, make sure your iOS device is plugged into a charger, is locked, and is connected to Wi-Fi. Your device will back itself up automatically each night. Easy-Peasy, right? You’ll appreciate this advice when you need it, and odds are you WILL need it.
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Fix the iCloud Backup Problem
The tips below will work for iPad and iPod touch too!
Deselect any apps you don’t need
Make sure that you are only backing up the data you need. Go to Settings > iCloud > Deselect all the apps you don’t need to backup.
Backup to iTunes instead
Is there a downside to choosing an iCloud or iTunes backup? Find out which backup method is best for you. Creating an iTunes backup of your iPhone or iPad will save a copy of your device’s database (including certain settings). This backup can be restored back to your phone at any point. If your phone is ever lost, stolen or replaced, you will be able to get data back from your backup files.
Open iTunes on your PC > Connect your device to the computer (using USB cable) > Click on the device icon (top left) > Select ‘This Computer’ and ‘Back Up Now’.
If any options appear to save purchases from the iTunes Store, select yes if this is something you’d like to do.
Turn on Photo Stream/Turn off Photo backup
Realistically, the iCloud backup problem may tempt you to paying more for the extra 10-20GB of space. Or maybe you’re thinking of switching to Google’s paid storage plan, after all it works out better than Apple’s. Just before we get to that stage, there are a few more tips you can try if the suggestions above have not worked.
One of the main storage fillers on your iPhone or iPad will be your Photos. Try turning off your Photo Library backup in iCloud and turn on your Photo Stream instead. This may fix any iCloud storage problems you may be having, and enable you to create a backup. (Please note Photo Stream does not backup your videos)
- Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable
- Transfer photos to computer
- Turn off Photo Library as part of iCloud backup:Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage > This iPhone > Tap Photo Library switch > Turn off & Delete (nothing will be erased)
- Turn off iCloud Photo Library Settings > iCloud > Photos > Switch off iCloud Photo Library
- Turn on my Photo Stream on your iPhone Settings > iCloud > Photos > Tap My Photo Stream on
- Turn on My Photo Stream on computer:Instructions for Mac Instructions for Windows
Perform a backup without iCloud or iTunes
Is it possible to backup your iPhone or iPad without iTunes or iCloud? Yes! You can backup your iPhone or iPad’s internal database without iCloud or iTunes. By using a third party software such as Enigma Recovery, you can create a backup of the data on your device.
Compatible with Windows and Mac computers
Or visit this URL on your computer
Enigma Recovery can backup your:
- Text Messages
- WhatsApp messages and attachments
- Call history
- Calendar events
Here’s how to create an iPhone backup using Enigma Recovery:
- Download Enigma Recovery to your PC
- Open software and connect iPhone to Mac or PC
- ‘Select all’ and start the scan
- Export data to your computer
Even transferring your photos to the computer and deleting them from your device could make a huge difference in storage availability. If you’d still like to create an iPhone backup, try Enigma Recovery today. Use the free trial to see how it works.
Save your iPhone data!
Downloading Enigma Recovery acts as an insurance policy for your iPhone data. As well as creating iPhone and iPad backups, the software is able to recover deleted messages, contacts, WhatsApp history and more. Deleted data from your device is found during a scan of the database. The software is able to make a copy of your iPhone or iPad database and display data on your PC (including photos and videos).
iPhone data recovery
When something is deleted from your device, it will remain on your iPhone or iPad database until the data is overwritten. This happens overtime as you use your device to create new data. As the most powerful iPhone data recovery tool, Enigma Recovery can help with this type of recovery.
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