IF you're worried about losing all your iPhone photos, texts and more, there are a couple of easy ways to back up your data.
One utilises Apple's cloud storage service, iCloud, while another stores all your info on your PC – we reveal how to do both below.
Backing up your iPhone data is essential if you don't want to lose everything saved on your mobile.
The process effectively creates a digital copy of your photos, messages, settings, contacts, calendar entries, notes and more.
Having a backup means you’ll have a copy of your information to use in case your device is ever lost or damaged.
It's also super useful if you ever switch to a new iPhone, as a backup allows you to upload all of your old contacts and messages to your new device.
How to back up your iPhone with iCloud
The simplest way to back up your iPhone is wirelessly over WiFi with iCloud. This sticks your data on Apple's web-based servers.
Once activated, your device will automatically backup to iCloud if left on while charging overnight – just follow these steps:
- Connect your iPhone to a WiFi network
- Go to Settings > tap [your name] at the top, and tap iCloud. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier: go to Settings, scroll down and tap iCloud
- Tap iCloud Backup (or just "Backup" if you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier). Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on.
- Tap Back Up Now. Stay connected to your WiFi network until the process completes.
If you have iCloud always on, you may find that your back up is up to date, as it automatically starts the process daily.
But, because we regularly use our phones and cram up storage space with pics and videos, it's worth periodically checking.
How to back up your iPhone with your computer
- Connect your device to your computer. On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15, open Finder. On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, or on a PC, open iTunes.
- If a message asks for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, follow the on-screen steps.
- Locate your device on your computer. If your device doesn’t appear on your computer, learn what to do.
- When the process ends, you can see if the backup finished successfully by checking the "last backup" time and date on your screen.
iPhone tricks to try today
Here are some of the best…
- Typing cursor – When typing, hold down the space bar to turn your keyboard into a trackpad, letting you move around words and sentences more easily
- Close all Safari tabs – To do this in one go, simply hold the overlapped squares in the bottom right-hand corner, and press close all tabs
- Delete lots of photos quickly – Hold down on a photo and then drag your finger diagonally in Photos to select lots of images at once, then hit delete
- Convert currency quickly – Swipe down from the top of your Home screen (or swipe left to right on an iPhone X or later model), then tap in the bar and type a currency (like $200) and it will automatically covert to your local currency
- Check if you're due a battery upgrade – Batteries inside smartphones degrade over time. Just go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health, and check out the Maximum Capacity reading. Generally a battery is considered worn when you're down to 80% capacity. If you're below, you can buy a battery swap from Apple
- Move apps around faster – Hold an app until it starts wiggling, then (while still holding) tap other apps, causing them to stack so you can move them around easier
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Do you backup your iPhone? Let us know in the comments!
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