HAVE YOU BACKED UP YOUR DEVICE?
Most people forget how important a backup is. It’s one of the most important things to setup with any device.
How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
Before you get started, learn the difference between making backups with iCloud and iTunes and choose the method that’s best for you. In case you ever need an alternative backup, you can make one in iCloud and another in iTunes.
Choose a backup method below
If you back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you’ll have a copy of your information to use in case your device is ever replaced, lost, or damaged.
- Open iTunes and connect your device to your computer. If you don’t have iTunes installed on your machine, you can download it here
- If a message asks for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, follow the onscreen steps. If you forgot your passcode, get help.
- Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod when it appears in iTunes. If your device doesn’t appear in iTunes, learn what to do.
- If you want to save Health and Activity data from your iOS device or Apple Watch, you need to encrypt your backup: Select the box called Encrypt [device] backup and create a memorable password.
Note: Write down your password and store it somewhere safe, because there’s no way to recover your iTunes backups without this password.
If you don’t need to save your Health and Activity data, you can make a backup that isn’t encrypted. Just click Back Up Now.
5. After the process ends, you can see if your backup finished successfully in iTunes Preferences > Devices. (If you’re using iTunes for Windows, choose Edit > Devices from the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window.) You should see the name of your device with the date and time that iTunes created the backup. If you encrypted your backup, you should also see beside the name of your device.