It is very important for all iPhone users to know how to backup data to iCloud to avoid the loss of data in case of uncertain situations.

How to Backup iPhone to iCloud Using Settings

1. Launch ‘Settings’ on your iPhone

2. Tap on your ‘NAME’. You’ll find your name in the top section only if you’re using iOS 10.3 or higher and if not, the setting is a little different. You’ll find your iCloud setting in the main section itself.

3. Tap on ‘iCloud’

4. Scroll down to ‘backup’

5. Tap ‘iCloud Backup’

6. Toggle this ON.

How to backup iPhone in settings

This will give you a pop-up. As you will see, it says that your iPhone will not sync to your Computer since you’re syncing it with your iCloud account. If you have enough iCloud storage, you can hit ‘OK’

As you can see, the iCloud back up will start turning on. It’s now set up and your iPhone will backup to iCloud when you satisfy these three conditions:

  • your screen should be locked
  • your iPhone should be connected to a power source
  • your iPhone should be connected to a secure Wi-Fi connection

Once you satisfy all these conditions, your iPhone will start backing up to iCloud automatically. In layman’s term, just connect your iPhone to your charger when you’re at home and when your Wi-Fi connection is on. Make sure that your iPhone screen is off so that it starts backing up to iCloud automatically.

You’re probably wondering what gets backed up? The iCloud back up backs up EVERYTHING that is on your iPhone including your settings, brightness level, your app layout, and your app’s data. Everything that you can think of.

If you are concerned about the size of the backup, it doesn’t backup the actual application size, It only backs up the App data.

For example, it will not backup the WhatsApp application size, but it will back up the data inside the application such as the text messages.

This is applicable to all your iTunes music and movie purchases. It will only back up the reference for the music and movies, it will not backup the whole movie or the music. It will re-download everything when you restore your iPhone so it saves a lot of space.

You can use the ‘Back up now’ option to back up your iPhone manually as well. As you can see, it notifies you saying when your last back up was. This is very helpful in cases where you run out of storage or there is some sort of problem with your iPhone iCloud backup.

This will help you to know when your iPhone is not backing up to iCloud so you can resolve it.

So, that’s how you backup your iPhone to iCloud using your iPhone.

How to Backup your iPhone Using iTunes

Backup iPhone to computer

This is how to back up your iPhone to iCloud using iTunes:

1. Launch iTunes on your computer

2. Connect your iPhone using the lightning connector

3. Tap the iPhone icon

4. When you go to the right-hand side, you’ll find the backup section

5. If you’ve got the ‘This Computer’ option ticked, make sure that you change it to ‘iCloud’

This means all of your future backups will be uploaded to your iCloud account. This is the only setting that you need to change to take your backups to your iCloud account.

How to Manage Your iPhones Backup Storage

To check your iPhones backup details, you need to:

1. Tap Manage Storage in the iCloud settings

2. Scroll down and tap on your devices name. This is the iPhone that is backed up to iCloud. Once you click this, you’ll see all the apps that are backed up to your iCloud account.

You can delete the apps that you don’t want just by turning the toggle OFF. It is very important to keep tight control on the apps that are backed up to iCloud because if you don’t do so, your iCloud storage will be full in no time.

3. Once you click the toggle off, click Turn Off and Delete

Once you tap it, it’ll delete the data from your iCloud and not the actual app on your iPhone. iCloud will not back up the data for this app in future unless you turn this toggle on. So, make sure you only backup the apps that are important to you & remove the apps which are not important.

You can tap, ‘Show All Apps’ and it’ll give you a list of all the apps that are backed up to your iCloud and you’ll have to manage them manually if you want to. As I told you, only backup the apps which are important to you.

In the end, there is an option called ‘Delete Backup’. When you tap it, it’ll turn off the backup and delete all the data so don’t touch that button.

How to Manage Your iCloud Storage

So your iCloud storage comprises of your iPhone backup, your mail account, your notes, your reminders, and mainly the iCloud Drive. If you control your iCloud Drive storage, you can control a lot of your iCloud storage data.

When you scroll down to the same settings, you’ll find the apps using your iCloud Drive. The first section shows the Apple Apps that are using the iCloud Drive. You can put the toggle on and off as per your preference.

If you scroll down more, you’ll find other apps or third party apps that are using your iCloud Drive. Unfortunately, third-party apps use your iCloud Drive without your permission. So, whenever you install a new app, you need to come to this setting and check if that app is using your iCloud drive and put the toggle off if you don’t want that app to use your iCloud storage.

You need to come to this setting every time you install a new app and save your iCloud storage.

How to Buy more iCloud Storage

To buy more iCloud storage when you run out of storage, you can tap the ‘Change Storage Plan’ in the manage storage in the iCloud settings.

(Your phone will be using the default free 5 GB plan).

If you want to buy iCloud storage, you can buy as per your need. You can buy up capacities from 50 GB, 200 GB, 1 TB, all the way up to 2 TB. If you are using a 32 GB version of the iPhone, you should be ok with the free plan, but if you are using 64, 128 or 256 GB of iPhone, you may need to upgrade to a higher plan.

Plans start at 50GB for $0.99 (USD) a month.

How to Turn off iPhone iCloud Backup

In the same iCloud settings:

1. Scroll down and tap iCloud backup

2. Toggle this off

3. When you do that, you’ll get a pop up that simply says, “ your iPhone will back up to your computer automatically when you sync with iTunes”

You’re now done.

How to Backup Your iPhone to Your Computer (Unencrypted)

1. So firstly, launch iTunes on your computer

2. Connect your iPhone to your computer using the lightning connector. You may need to follow on-screen instructions on your iPhone like ‘Trust this computer’ or ‘Password input’. Just follow them and your iPhone will appear in iTunes.

3. Go to the top left-hand corner

4. Tap the iPhone icon

When you come to right-hand side section, you’ll find your backup settings and if the selection is ‘iCloud’, change it to ‘This Computer’. So now, all your future backups will be backed up to this computer and not the iCloud.

Since you are looking at unencrypted backup, hit the ‘Back up now’ button. As you can see, the backup process has started and your iPhone is being backed up to your computer. This will back up everything on your iPhone to your computer, but not the Health and Activity Data.

If you want to back up your Health and Activity Data to your computer, you need to encrypt your backup. Once you’ve backed up your device, you’ll see the latest date and time your device was backed up. You’ll see this under the Back up now button.

To re-verify this backup in iTunes:

1. Go to ‘Edit’

2. ‘Preferences…’

3. A pop up will appear and once it appears, tap ‘Devices’ in the top right corner

You’ll be able to see your latest backup with the latest date and time. If you have multiple backup files such as old backup files of an unused iPhone you used to own, you can delete them by tapping delete button.

So, that was about unencrypted backup without Health and Activity Data to your computer.

How to Find the Location of the Computer Backup:

1. Open any folder on your computer

2. Using the folder tree, on the left-hand side, go to your C-Drive.

3. On the right-hand side, go and select ‘Users’

4. Select your ‘User Name’

5. Tap ‘AppData’

6. Select ‘Roaming’

7. Select ‘Apple Computer’

8. ‘MobileSync’

9. And finally, select ‘Backup’

encrypted iOS backup files

Here, you’ll see your backup folder which has all your backup data when you do a backup in iTunes. You can copy it and save it to your external hard drive to avoid accidental damages like your computer getting corrupted for some reason.

If you’re using a Mac, here’s how you find the backup folder:

1. Go to menu

2. Library

3. Application support

4. Mobile sync

5. Backup

How to Backup Your iPhone to Your Computer (Encrypted)

So, in the same backup section of iTunes:

1. Select the ‘Encrypt iPhone Backup’ option

2. When you select that, it will ask you to create a password

3. Create a strong password and remember this password. It’s best to write it down somewhere and store it safely because you cannot restore your backup without this password and there is no other way to recover this password.

4. When you’re done, tap ‘Set Password’

As soon as you tap this button, your iTunes will start backing up your iPhone automatically. Next time you connect your iPhone to iTunes, you just have to tap the ‘Backup Now’ button and your backup will be encrypted automatically. When you want to restore this backup, you’ll need the backup password.

This backup is going to take a long time. Once the backup has been completed, you’ll see the latest date and time of the encrypted backup.

You can re-verify it by going to:

1. ‘Edit’

2. ‘Preferences…’

3. Then ‘Devices’ on the right of the pop-up

This will show you the latest iTunes backup with encryption. As you will see, there is a small lock there which shows that this backup is encrypted.