How to backup iPhone

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Updated 08/22/2017

What is Backup

Backup software creates one or more copies of the data on your digital devices in case your original data is lost or damaged. Different backup solutions protect different kinds of data and different combinations of devices.

For example, with PCs and Macs, some solutions only back up your files and folders, while other solutions back up everything by taking a snapshot of the entire hard disk, which means you can recover to bare metal and a fully bootable state. Other solutions backup only selected devices, such as your PC and Mac, but don’t protect your mobile devices. Other backup solutions can protect all of your devices.

How to Back Up iPhone
Why Is iPhone Backup Important?

A smart user once said, “There are two kinds of computing devices, those that have failed and those that will fail.”

Everyone experiences problems with their digital devices, even their smartphones. Blancco Technology Group released a report on iPhone failures stating that 25 percent of iPhones failed between January and March of 2016. However, a study performed the following quarter found that 58 percent of iPhones failed between April and June of 2016. These statistics don’t appear to be going in the right direction when it comes to peace of mind.

With the iPhone 6/6+, a design defect — known as the “Touch Disease” — is a regular occurrence with users.  Because of the phone’s slim design, the two touchscreen controller chips, or Touch IC chips fail and afflicted users are not getting much help from Apple to fix it. According to iFixit, “…Apple’s aware there’s a hardware issue with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus — but they aren’t doing anything about it.”

The bottom line is if any of these failures result in lost data and you have not backed up, you risk losing a lot more than your phone contact list!

Back Up Before Upgrading To iPhone 7 Or iOS 10

In fact, online advice indicates that you can’t successfully upgrade an iPhone without a backup. A recent Forbes article points out the importance of backing up your iPhone if you plan to upgrade to iOS 10 or an iPhone 7. Contributor Anthony Karcz states that when upgrading to iOS 10, you won’t see the cheery “Hello!” but instead can see the “dreaded Lightning cable and iTunes icon combo,” indicating the need to retrieve backed up data.  Or, when you unwrap you newly activated iPhone 7 and start to finalize the activation process, you realize you don’t have a recent backup “when you get to the part of the process where you have to restore your iPhone from backups.”

Three Ways to Back Up Your iPhone

There are many different backup solutions on the market that back up your iPhone. iTunes® and iCloud® are different types of backup solutions offered by Apple®. There are also other backup solutions from third-party vendors. Acronis True Image 2018 offers a comprehensive and easy way to not only back up your iPhone data, but also lets you back up to the cloud and your computer, back up multiple mobile devices, recover accidently deleted files, and more.

iCloud and iTunes backup have their advantages and we recommend using them. But for complete peace of mind when backing up your iPhone, also use Acronis True Image 2018 to protect and easily recover all your data.

iCloud Backup

With iCloud Backup, you back up your data to the cloud automatically with a Wi-Fi connection and back up:

  • Purchase history for music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books purchased from the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBook store
  • Photos and videos, settings, app data, home screen, iMessage, SMS Text, MMS messages, and ringtones

You can select the iCloud backup option from the settings for your iOS device in iTunes when connected, or from the iOS device itself. You can perform backups automatically or manually. While it doesn’t back up your purchased apps, music, movies, and books, it will download these from the App, iTunes, and iBook store when you restore from an iCloud Backup.

Apples provides 5GB of free cloud storage per Apple ID. You can easily eat up 5GB of storage quickly if you are backing up your photos and videos, but you can purchase additional iCloud storage for a fee.

iCloud syncs files automatically.  An automated sync, however, is not a true backup. For example, if you accidentally delete a photo from your iPhone, it’s gone once an automated sync is performed. With a true backup solution, you can recover the photo from the backup destination.

Directions to back up using iCloud:

  • Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network
  • Tap Settings > [your name], and tap iCloud. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings, then scroll down and tap iCloud.
  • Scroll down, tap iCloud Backup. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Backup. Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on
  • Tap Back Up Now and stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes
  • Make sure that the backup finished: Tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Storage > Manage Storage, then select your device — the backup should appear in the details with the time and backup size. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, your path is Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage.

Automatically back up with iCloud Backup:

  • Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on in Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Backup
  • Connect your device to a power source
  • Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network
  • Make sure that your device's screen is locked
  • Check that you have enough available space in iCloud for the backup

iTunes Backup

Many consumers are more familiar with iTunes because this what they use to buy apps, music, and books from the Apple Stores. To back up with iTunes, plug your iPhone into your PC or Mac, open iTunes, and sync your files between your PC or Mac and iPhone. Unlike iCloud, iTunes backs up all your photos, images, media files not purchased from iTunes, messages, call logs, application data, settings, memos, calendar, and bookmarks. You cannot copy files to the cloud using iTunes.

Directions to back up using iTunes:

  • Open iTunes and connect your device to your computer
  • 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, you can learn what to do here. Note that this is a lengthy and potentially convoluted process that can take some time to sort out.

Acronis True Image 2018

iCloud or iTunes take care of backing up certain applications and settings, but the Acronis True Image 2018 app protects user generated content — photos, videos, contacts, reminders, and calendar appointments — in a more complete way. To get the app, go to the Apple App Store and search for Acronis True Image. If you will store iPhone backups in Acronis Cloud Storage you’ll need a trial or subscribed Acronis account.

Directions to back up using Acronis True Image 2018:

To install Acronis True Image 2018:

  • Open the App Store on your iPhone
  • Tap Search
  • Type Acronis true image in the search field
  • Select Acronis true image in the search results to go to the app page
  • Follow the standard installation procedure

To back up your mobile data to Acronis Cloud:

  • Start Acronis True Image
  • Tap Backup
Back up your mobile data to Acronis Cloud
  • Sign in to your Acronis account
  • Select the data categories that you want to back up
Manage data to backup
  • Tap Back up now
  • Allow Acronis True Image access to your personal data

When the backup is complete, your data is uploaded to secure Acronis Cloud Storage. If you want data changes (for example, new photographs) to be backed up automatically, make sure the continuous backup setting is turned on. If this setting is turned off, the new data is backed up only when you tap backup.

Automate your backups to the Acronis Cloud Storage

To back up your mobile device to a PC:

  • Make sure that your mobile device and your computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • On your computer:
    1. Start Acronis True Image
    2. On the sidebar, click Devices, and then click Mobile device local backup

A QR code will be displayed. Please do not close this window.

  • On your mobile device:
    1. Start Acronis True Image
    2. Tap Back up to PC
    3. Tap I already have it, or follow the on-screen instructions to install Acronis True Image on your computer
    4. Tap Scan QR code, point your camera at the QR code on the computer screen, and then wait until the mobile device is connected to the computer
    5. Select the data categories that you want to back up
    6. Tap Start Backup
Acronis True Image 2017 makes mobile backups easy
  1. Allow Acronis True Image to access your personal data

When the backup is complete, you can see information about this (and other) mobile device backups from the backup list or the Online Dashboard.

You can also recover one or more items from the backup by selecting Access and Recover from the mobile app menu.

Acronis Makes Mobile Backup Easy!

Back Up to Anywhere – Cloud or Your PC or Mac

With Acronis True Image 2018 backup software, you can back up to Acronis Cloud Storage or your PC. If you use cloud backup with Acronis Cloud Storage, you can back up your mobile devices any time you have an internet connection. You can access your data from any device via a simple web interface or from your mobile devices via a touch-enabled web portal.

When a mobile device is on the same Wi-Fi network as your PC, your backup starts automatically. The setup is fast.  Just scan a QR code from Acronis True Image — no typing is required.

Have Multiple Mobile Devices?

Most households have multiple mobile phones and tablets. With Acronis True Image 2018, you can use the same cloud account or your PC to back up multiple devices (yes…iPhones, Android phones, or any combination) to one place using one interface.

Don’t Back Up Everything Every Time

Don’t waste time backing up all your data every time. With Acronis True Image 2018, you just back up what has changed rather than repeating a full backup over and over. This saves both time and storage space.

Migrate Between iOS and Android

Quickly switch between iOS and Android devices because even though they use different formats. No need to feel stuck with a particular device because you can’t migrate the data to a different operating system — Acronis True Image 2018 makes it possible to go from iOS to Android or vice versa without a loss of data.

No-Worry Backup

Automatically back up your mobile device to the Acronis Cloud whenever you have an internet connection. No more worrying about or taking the time out to do backups.

Restore a Single File

Uh oh! You accidentally deleted a file or photo. With Acronis True Image 2018, you can restore one file at time without having to perform a complete restore.

Recover from Accidental Deletions

If you accidentally delete a file with iCloud, you can lose it permanently. With Acronis True Image 2018, you never permanently lose data. That’s why you have a backup!

The Clear Choice for iPhone Backup

With mobile device backup through Acronis True Image 2018, it’s guaranteed that your iPhone data is safe and can be recovered in case of corruption or loss. And while iCloud and iTunes will sync and protect data, Acronis True Image 2018 protects user-generated data in a faster, more complete, more convenient, granular way. And, you can restore all data or individual files from the Cloud or your PC without cables. Whether you accidently delete a file, lose your data, lose your iPhone, or your iPhone fails, you can always easily and completely recover with Acronis True Image 2018.