How to Backup Your iPhone to iCloud, MacOS, or Windows (2021)
The days of not needing a smartphone. Your iPhone is more than just a screen for texting. Now, smartphones are everything. It’s like how the job ends, continuing the endless news cycle, getting out, interacting with friends and family, and capturing life’s most important moments. Carrying all the information in our pocket is amazing, and it speeds up our days. It also means that our most important data is easily lost if you forget your phone on the train or have a bad spit on the sidewalk.
If you want to avoid the quick attempt to recover the best photos from a friend’s wedding, you need to back up your iPhone. This is a much better idea if you plan on updating a new iPhone. There are several ways to do this, and who you choose will depend on your needs and behavior. After you’ve supported everyone, check out our tutorial choosing the Best iPhone.
Updated September 2021: We’ve updated the steps for backing up your iPhone to MacOS or Windows computers.
Backing up to iCloud
Your easiest option, and Apple’s first recommendation, is to back up your iPhone to iCloud.
The process is simple:
- Connect to Wi-Fi.
- Go to Setting, tap on your name, then iCloud.
- On the iCloud page, scroll down and tap on ICloud backup. Make sure the switch is enabled so you can get automatic backups when your iPhone is charging, locked, and connected to Wi-Fi. Tap then Help now to force a backup.
- Check or uncheck things like your Photos that you want to back up to iCloud.
Apple gives you 5 GB of iCloud storage for free, but that might not be enough to cover all your data. Continuing on iOS 15, there’s a temporary way to back up your iCloud data even if you don’t have storage, but that won’t help you right now. You can buy more storage, but it is increasing rapidly. For data-heavy users, there is a much better way to make it free.
Backing up Your Mac
If your phone is full of photos, songs, apps, and years of text messages, a full iCloud backup won’t cut it. If you have a computer with gigs, you can plug in your iPhone and click a few buttons to make sure all the data on your phone is included, safe and secure. But the correct method depends on your version of MacOS.
If you’re not sure which Apple operating system you have, just click the little Apple icon in the upper left corner of your Mac desktop and select About This Mac. Another window will appear, telling you in many bold letters what you are running.
Backing up to MacOS Catalina 10.15 or later
The MacOS Catalina (2019) upgrade removed iTunes, replacing it with three separate apps for music, podcasts, and TV. The backup option is Now in the Finder, where you can search for folders and other drives. The steps to back up your iPhone are almost the same as iTunes:
- Connect your iPhone to your computer using a cable.
- open hunter and select your iPhone in the sidebar.
- Click on Overall and selection Back up all the data on your iPhone to this Mac.
- If you want to encrypt your data and protect it with a password, select it Encrypt local backup.
- Clicking Help now.