How to back up your iPhone with or without iCloud

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move it to the cloud or keep it local

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Yes, of course you want to back up your iPhone — as we all know, phone cases and Gorilla Glass and careful engineering, despite the disaster — in the form of torn displays, lost devices, and three-year-olds Who thinks it’s fun to sit on your latest phone—maybe. When this happens, you want to back up all your data.


The easiest way to go is to back up using iCloud, which is not only easy to set up, but just as easy to set up a new one if your old phone isn’t available. (You can also back up other services, such as google drive, but it’s not nearly as convenient.) Or, if you’re an iPhone user determined to keep your privacy, you can back up your iPhone to your Mac or Windows computer and have full control of your data backup. can maintain.

Here’s how to back up to iCloud or your laptop/desktop.

back up to icloud

  • “Settings” > . tap on [your name] top button> “iCloud”> “iCloud Backup.”
  • If “icloud backup” If off, then turn it on. If it’s already turned on, and you’re preparing to wipe your old iPhone, you can just in case “back up now” You might want to tap on

back up to your desktop

  • Connect your phone to your computer using its charging cable.
  • If you’re using Windows or Mac with macOS 10.14 or earlier, activate iTunes; Use the Finder on a Mac with macOS 10.15 Catalina or later.
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If you’re using Finder, open a Finder window (by clicking the Finder icon in your dock or in the top Finder menu bar “file” > “new finder window” by selecting it), and look for your iPhone on the left- “Location” Under the Hands menu.

Using the Finder to convert your backups from iCloud to local.

  • In iTunes, you should see a small iPhone icon in the top left corner; Select him. (If you don’t see it, you may need to authorize your system. Go to the top iTunes menu and click “Account”> “authority”> “Authorize this computer…” Select and follow the instructions.)

Look for the phone icon in iTunes.

Look for the phone icon in iTunes.

  • After that, the process is very similar for iTunes or Finder, although the look of the page and language will be slightly different.
  • If this is your first time, when you click on the phone icon, you may be asked if you trust the phone, first on the computer and then on the phone itself.
  • First-timers may also be asked whether you want to set up your phone as a new device or restore it from a previous backup. In this case, select the first.
  • At the top “General” select tab and “backup” Look for the labeled category. “this computer” (in iTunes) or “Back up all the data on your Mac to your iPhone” Select (in Finder).

Using the Finder to set up a computer to back up your iPhone.

Using the Finder to set up a computer to back up your iPhone.

  • You want to encrypt your backups for increased security. “encrypt iphone backup” (in iTunes) or “encrypt local backup” Check (in Finder) and enter a password. Don’t lose that password; Otherwise, you will lose access to your data.
  • Once you’ve set up encryption, it’s likely that the backup will begin automatically. Otherwise, “back up now” Click on

Using iTunes to convert your backups from iCloud to This Computer.

Using iTunes to convert your backups from iCloud to This Computer.

If you need to restore your backup, just go to the same page and “restore backup…” Click on

Note that you can either back up your iPhone manually, or you can also back it up automatically every time you connect it to your computer. “backup” just below the section “the option” see, and “Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected” Select.

Once you’ve set up your backup on your computer, you might want to delete any backups you’ve made to iCloud.

To do this on your Mac:

  • Click on the Apple icon in the top corner of your system.
  • “system preferences”> “internet accounts”> “iCloud” Select.
  • in the lower right corner of the window “manage” button and then “backup” Select.

Select the backup to delete, then click the minus sign at the bottom left of the window.

Select the backup to delete, then click the minus sign at the bottom left of the window.

  • Select the backup to delete, click the minus icon in the lower left of the window and “delete” Select. Both of these will remove all your backups from iCloud and turn off any further backups.

To do this on your iPhone:

  • “Settings” Go to and tap your name.
  • Select “iCloud” > “Manage Storage” > “Backup”.
  • “delete backup” Tap on
  • “close and delete” Tap on

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“close and delete” tap on

and you’re done!

Update September 15th, 2021, 10:20AM ET: This article was originally published on January 23, 2020 and has been updated to add guidelines for updating with iCloud and other instructions.

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