How to Back Up Your iPhone 7 or iPad Pro

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// May 28, 2017
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It is important to create backups of your iPhone 7 or iPad Pro in order to prevent data loss. Your iOS device stores all important messages, documents, contacts, health info, photos and videos, and more. Even your device settings should also be saved so you can always apply it when needed. The best way to keep your files, memories, and preferences safe at all times is to make a backup. You can easily back up your iPhone 7 or iPad Pro on your Mac or PC using iTunes, or simply backup everything wirelessly with iCloud. In case something happens to your device, such as malfunction or lost, you can always access your data.

Why Back Up Your iPhone 7 or iPad Pro

Backing up your iPhone 7 or iPad Pro saves all your messages, health data, contacts, photos, videos, app data, device settings, HomeKit configurations and passwords. If you enabled iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone 7 or other iOS devices, your photos and videos are backed up automatically.

Users should create a backup so when something goes wrong, you can restore your device’s contents and settings to its previous state. When your iOS device suddenly stops working properly, you can always use iTunes and restore your iPhone or iPad to factory settings. From here, you will be asked to restore from your previous backup, which includes all your stored information, apps and settings, so there is no need to start all over again from scratch.

Why is it important? You would not lose any of your important files, settings, game progress, and other important data that you do not wish to disappear if you need to restore your iPhone or iPad. There are two ways to back up your iPhone 7 or iPad Pro.

Backing Up Using iCloud

Using iCloud is the easiest way to back up your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can always access your backup from any places as long as there is an internet connection. First, you need to make sure that you enable iCloud backup first. To turn it on:

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  1. From Home screen, open the Settings app.
  2. Select iCloud. Scroll down and tap Backup.
  3. Turn on the switch next to iCloud Backup. Make sure that it is green.
  4. A message will appear that your iPhone will no longer back up to your computer automatically when you sync with iTunes. Simply tap OK to continue.
  5. Tap Back Up Now to start your backup.

Once you turn on iCloud Backup, it will back up your files every 24 hours as long as your device is connected to Wi-Fi and to power. This usually happens during night time. iCloud will also report the last time your iPhone or iPad was backed up. If you have not backed up your device before using iCloud, the process may take long. After your first backup, it will only upload your recent changes.

Backing Up Using iTunes

If you want to use iTunes to back up your iPhone or iPad, that is not difficult. This allows you to save your settings and important data on your computer instead of iCloud.

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To start:

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac or PC.
  2. Launch iTunes and make sure that you are running the latest version.
  3. On the left pane of iTunes, click your device to open its information.
  4. Click Summary. Under Automatically Backup, click This computer.
  5. Check the box next to Encrypt local backup to make sure all your passwords, HomeKit information and health are saved. You will need to create a password for your encrypted backups and it will be stored in Keychain.
  6. On the right side of iTunes, click the Back Up Now button.

iTunes will start to back up your iPhone or iPad and you will also see the progress bar on top. Once the process if finished, you are done!

If you want to check if your previous backup was a success, open iTunes, go to Menu Bar and click the iTunes menu. Select Preferences. The preferences pane will open. Simply click the Devices tab and see if your previous backup is listed there. If it is in the list, it means that your backup was successful.

If you have already made many backups, you can also delete some of it by going back to the Preferences pane and click Devices. Simply choose the backup you want to delete then click the Delete Backup button.

iCloud or iTunes?

For small backups, you can just use iCloud as you get only 5GB of free iCloud space. If you want to upgrade your iCloud storage, you can choose from:

  • 50GB for $0.99 a month
  • 200GB for $2.99 a month
  • 1TB for $9.99 a month
  • 2TB for $19.99 a month

You can also use iTunes for larger backups. It is also a great option in case iCloud is down or unreachable.

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