If you’re like most people, your mobile phone is probably at the heart of your digital life. Unfortunately, owing to their nature, these devices are prone to damage, getting lost or stolen.
For iPhone users, automatic back p of data to iCloud is available, but only up to 5GB of data. This means you may lose all your contacts, multimedia files, and other documents if you don’t have a backup plan. Here are a few different options you can use to back up your information in case your device ever gets lost, replaced, or damaged.
Using iCloud and iTunes
These are the two basic methods Apple offers for backing up your iPhone.
With iCloud you can access your backup from anywhere, and it won’t be affected by problems with your computer. It is automatically encrypted, and you can always backup to iCloud via Wi-Fi from your device. Apple only doles out 5GB free space on iCloud, so anything beyond that calls for an upgrade to a paid iCloud account.
On the other hand, iTunes doesn’t rely on the cloud, but you can only restore your backup from your iTunes account via your computer. With this method, if your computer crashes or gets damaged, your backup goes down with it. However, you can encrypt the backup to retain any passwords or sensitive data.
With both methods you can back up your data manually. If you don’t want to trigger it yourself, you can opt for an automatic backup.
With iTunes you’d have to plug in your iPhone and check the “Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected” option. This way, whenever you connect your phone to your computer and launch iTunes, an automatic backup occurs.
With iCloud, turn on your phone, ensure the screen is locked or off, and you’re connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi. Every twenty-four hours an automatic backup will kick off via iCloud.
Besides iCloud and iTunes, you can use online storage services such as Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive to backup or sync information from your device to the cloud.
These are typically less expensive services compared to buying storage with iCloud. If you intend to switch to Android someday, you can still access your data from your phone.
While online storage services back up photos, contacts, and videos, they don’t back up text messages, settings, voicemail, apps or app data, among other things. However, they’re an excellent supplement if you run out of space on the free iCloud backup. They’re also a good alternative when you no longer have enough space on your computer for an iTunes backup.
Similarly, you can access the data from any device and any location as long as you have Internet access.
Some of the popular online storage services include Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Cloud Drive.
Some have separate apps you can download and use, like Google Photos, which is separate from Google Drive, for managing photos online. You can also use Gmail or Outlook to set up your contacts, mail, calendar and notes for syncing with these services.
The only difference with using this option is you’ll have to upload your files and messages manually from your iPhone or computer. However, most services back up your photos automatically when saved on your device.
Using Google Drive
You can use this to back up content on your iCloud account and iPhone. This backs up your photos, contacts, and calendar to Google Photos, Google Contacts, and Google Calendar respectively.
To do this:
1. Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi.
2. Install and open the Google Drive app.
3. Tap Menu.
4. At the top tap Settings.
5. Tap Backup and then tap “Start Backup.”
After the backup you can view and use your content across devices.
For contacts, turn on “Google Contact sync” on your iPhone, and you can see all your contacts in a new group named after your device. You’ll find your calendar events in a new calendar named after your iPhone.
Note: If you back up photos multiple times, only new photos will be backed up. It also overwrites any previous backups for calendars and contacts. Photos organized into albums won’t back up to Google Photos. Similarly, calendars or contacts from other services like Exchange or Facebook won’t back up.
Layered backup means your iPhone is part of your overall backup strategy, which gives you protection at the highest level.
At its core, this approach gives you one central place to store all your messages, apps, contacts, videos, and other data.
The central place, ideally, is your laptop or computer.
Back up your iPhone to your computer, and then backup your computer to the cloud. To do this:
- Back up your iPhone using iCloud or iTunes.
- Use an online storage app to automatically sync, share, or copy your photos and videos to your computer. This may not move app data or messages. Also, apps may be complicated to set up, and not all are free to use – but they’re automatic.
- Back up your computer to the cloud to protect all the data.
With this layered approach, you have everything backed up no matter what happens to your iPhone.
Are there other methods you’ve used to back up your iPhone that we haven’t listed here? Share in a comment below.