How to Backup Your iPhone, iPad or iPod

5 Dec 2015    12:02 pm

How to Backup, Reset or Restore Your iPhone, iPad or iPod

Do you have an iPhone that you need to reset or restore? Do you need to perform a factory reset and erase everything or do you just need to reset certain settings because the phone is acting up?

Or maybe you need to restore your iPhone from an iTunes backup or from iCloud? Also, you might just want to perform a hard reset of your iPhone, which is a quick way to fix issues like freezes, etc.

In this article, I’m going to walk you through the various types of resets, restores and backups you can do for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

For this article, I’m going to be using iOS 9 for all the examples as that is the latest version of the OS as of now. If anything changes in a later version, I’ll be sure to update this post.

Backup iPhone, iPad, iPod

Before you reset or restore anything, you should always make a backup just in case there is something you need at a later point or something goes wrong. I suggest making a backup to both iCloud and to iTunes. If you don’t have enough space in iCloud, then making just a local backup to iTunes will be fine. Let’s start with iTunes backups.

iTunes Backups

Backing up to iTunes is no longer really needed if you backup your phone to iCloud, but I have found that it’s still useful to create a local backup every couple of months.

iCloud is great, but it has a lot of glitches that can cause it to fail right when you need it the most. Plus, Apple is so miserly with their whopping 5 GB of free storage space. You can’t even store a single backup of a full 16 GB iPhone with that much space, so definitely use iTunes if you’re not sure if your phone is being properly backed up to iCloud.

Open iTunes, connect your Apple device and then click on the Back Up Now button.

When you do this, you’ll get a message asking if you want to encrypt the backup or not. If you choose not to encrypt the backup, then sensitive data like your health data, homekit data and saved passwords will not be stored in the backup. You can also just check the Encrypt iPhone Backup box before backing up to ensure the backup is encrypted.

When you restore an unencrypted backup to your phone, you’ll have to enter all your passwords again, etc. That’s why if you have ever restored an iCloud backup as opposed to a normal iTunes backup, you might have noticed that you don’t have to type in all your passwords again after the restore.

The only thing you have to remember about encrypted backups is that you will need to use a password to encrypt the backup. In order to perform a restore, you’ll need that same password. If you forget it, then you won’t be able to restore that backup, so be careful and keep the password written somewhere.

You might also get a message asking if you want to transfer purchases to your iTunes library. You should click Transfer Purchases, otherwise you might be missing music, apps, ringtones, etc. when you go to perform a restore later.

Also, note that you can leave the Automatically Backup Option set to iCloud and simply perform manual local backups every so often. iCloud should backup your phone automatically, but you can always perform a manual iCloud backup by going to Settings,iCloud, Backup and then tapping on Back Up Now. It should also show you the date and time of the last iCloud backup.

Now that you have your device properly backed up.