Backing up your iPhone is a straightforward process once you have the right strategy. Since my iPhone is also my primary camera in addition to a daily business tool I backup my phone with the following strategy: (1) The iPhone backs up automatically to Apple’s iCloud services via wifi when charging (usually happens overnight). (2) When I connect my iPhone to my computer to import photos I also run a second backup to my computer. As anyone who has ever lost any data will attest, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
For the sake of this guide, I will show you how to backup your iPhone to Apple’s iCloud services. If you want to add the secondary backup to your computer, I will add a second guide that will detail that for you as well.
Apple gives users 5GB of space to store data using their iCloud services. For users that don’t take a lot of pictures/videos or transfer their pictures to their computer regularly, this might be enough space. For most users, it is just a starting point and you’ll want to look at upgrading this storage space.
[This guide] will show you how to upgrade the storage space to one of the next tiers. Apple currently offers 50GB of space for $0.99/month or 200GB for $2.99/month or a whopping 2000GB for $9.99/month. Most users will end up with the 50GB of space to keep their most important files safe.
This backup will restore your phone back to its current state from a blank/new phone. This means that it protects irreplaceable data in your texts, notes, call history and perhaps most importantly photos.
Often I will hear users balk at spending this extra 99 cents/month … is it really worth risking your photos for $12/year? Let’s assume that since you’ve read this far, we are in agreement that this is worth taking the time and resources to do!
Let’s assume that we have enough storage space to proceed at this point, again, if not you can see [This Guide] to purchase additional storage from Apple.
- Start the “Settings” app on your iPhone and you will see a screen like the one below. Tap your name at the top of the screen to proceed.
- Tap on the “iCloud” option about halfway down this list.
- On this page you will see the storage capacity you have available. If we were upgrading this we would click on the “Manage Storage” button at the top. In this case, since we have enough space … let’s proceed by scrolling down until you see “iCloud Backup.”
- Now we are going to tap on the “iCloud Backup” option.
- If you see the green slider … your Backup is turned on. If the slider is all grey you can tap once on the slider to turn it on. Once on, you can tap the “Back Up Now” button. (You can also note the date/time of the last backup right below this button.)
- While backing up you will see a progress bar at the bottom of the screen like the one below. You can leave this screen and the phone will continue to backup or you can remain here and watch the progress. If we leave the settings app and return to the home screen, from this point forward the iPhone will automatically backup to the iCloud to keep our important data protected whenever we are (1) on a wifi network and (2) charging the phone.
- You’ve done it! Just be sure to keep your AppleID username/password in a safe place so that you can retrieve this backup data in the event you have a new phone to restore to.