How to Backup Your iPhone

Life can be unpredictable, and you never know when you might end up losing your iPhone data or, worse, the device itself. Of course, no one wants to lose important pictures and videos they’ve had on their phones for years, which is why it’s essential to back up your device regularly.

The easiest way to backup your iPhone or iPad is with the help of iCloud, but there are various other methods you can use. Note that this guide is taken using an iOS 15.3.1 device.

How to backup your iPhone or iPad using iCloud

  1. Open the Settings app.

    A Screenshot Highlighting the Setttings App
    Open the Settings app.
  2. At the top, you’ll see your name. Tap on that, and you’ll be taken to the ‘Apple ID’ menu.

    A Screenshot of the User's Apple ID
    Tap on your name to go to the Apple ID menu.
  3. Tap iCloud.

    A Screenshot of the iCloud Button in the Apple ID Menu
    Tap the iCloud button.
  4. Go to iCloud Backup.

    A Screenshot of the iCloud Backup Buttton
    Tap the iCloud Backup button.
  5. In the ‘Backup‘ menu, tap Back Up Now, and your device will begin to create a backup. Make sure you’re connected to your Wi-Fi during the process.

    A Screenshot of the iCloud Backup Screen
    Tap the Back Up Now button.
  6. To check the progress of your backup, go to ‘iCloud’ in the ‘Apple ID’ menu and select Manage Storage.

    A Screenshot of the Manage Storage Button in the iCloud Menu
    Tap the Manage Storage button.
  7. Go to Backups.

    A Screenshot of the Backups Button
    Tap the Backups button.
  8. You should now be able to see the progress of your backup.

    A Screenshot of the Backups Info Screen
    Check the progress of the backup.

Important: keep in mind that the free iCloud version only gives you 5GB of space. If you want more, you have to buy a monthly subscription.

How to backup your iPhone or iPad to a Mac

  1. Connect your device to your Mac with a USB cable and open “Finder” on your Mac.

    A Screenshot of a Finder Window in a MacBook
    Open a Finder window.
  2. Select your device from the ‘Locations’ menu in the sidebar.

    A Screenshot Showing the List of Devices Under the Location Menu
    Select your device.
  3. Click Back Up Now, and your Mac will start the process.

    A Screenshot Highlighting the Back Up Now Button
    Tap Back Up Now.
  4. If you want to protect your backup with a password, check the ‘Encrypt Local Backup’ option. Don’t lose the password; otherwise, you won’t recover your backup.

    A Screenshot Highlighting the Encrypt Local Backup Checkbox
    Check the Encrypt Local Backup Box

How to backup your iPhone or iPad to a Windows PC

Apple discontinued iTunes on Mac in 2019 and turned it into separate apps (Music, TV, and Podcast). As a result, you can’t use it to create a backup on the more recent versions of macOS. However, iTunes is still available on Windows PCs, and you can download it from Apple’s official site. Here’s how to backup your iPhone on Windows using iTunes.

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC and open ‘iTunes’.

    A Screenshot of the iTunes Window
    Open iTunes.
  2. Click on the device icon that appears in the menu bar of the iTunes window.

    A Screenshot of the Device Icon in the iTunes Window
    Click on the device icon.
  3. Click on Back Up Now, and the backup process will begin. The backup process doesn’t require an internet connection, but you need enough space on your drive.

    A Screenshot of the Back Up Now Button in iTunes
    Click the Back Up Now button.

How to backup your iPhone or iPad using Google Drive

  1. Download and open the ‘Google Drive’ app on your iPhone.

    A Screenshot of the Google Drive App on the Home Screen
    Open Google Drive.
  2. Open the ‘Menu‘ by tapping on the three vertical lines in the top left corner.

    A Screenshot of the Google Drive Menu
    Open the menu.
  3. Tap Settings.

    A Screenshot Highlighting Google Drive Settings in the Menu
    Open the Settings in the menu.
  4. Go to Backup.

    A Screenshot of the Backup Button in the Settings
    Tap Backup.
  5. Tap the Start Backup button.
A Screenshot of the Backup Screen in Google Drive
Tap Start Backup.

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