iPhone Needs to Back Up Before Upgrading iOS

--Tuesday, Nov.29, 2016

There are always new features coming out along with the latest version of iOS in order to seduce iOS users of upgrading their iPhone/iPad/iPod to the newly unveiled version of iOS, let alone the iOS 10 this year. There have been quite a lot of big changes, such as: 

1. Raise to wake. You can have your iPhone waked up once you pick it up, but it's only available on the models later than iPhone 6s.

2. Rich and beautified lockscreen notifications and a button to clear all notifications, which is previously only available on Android phones.

3. Water detection. iOS 10 will warn of possible water damage and provide related instructions.

4. A brand new look of Control Center enabling you to have quick access to more features.

5. Lockscreen camera and 'widgets'.

6. Big change for Messages, Notes and Photos. You certainly wouldn't like to miss them.

Is there anyone able to resist these attractions? What I know is that I'm for sure not the one. I just can't wait to update my iPhone 6s to iOS 10. However, reportedly, some problems arise when users perform the software update, such as iPhone being bricked/stuck in Apple Logo or Recovery Mode. Also, it's said that these issues tend to happen to those who directly update to iOS 10 on their devices. You can actually avoid such problems via other reliable methods, or solve this system issues with ease. But, what I'm trying to tell you is that you should make a backup before every update of iOS. Though it doesn't happen all the time, it's not a bad idea to make a full preparation, isn't it? Please read on and gain an idea of various ways to do a backup.

Method 1: How to Make a Backup via iTunes?

What Does iTunes Back Up?

Almost all of your device's data and settings will be backed up by iTunes, except the following items.

1. Content from the iTunes and App Stores, or PDFs downloaded directly to iBooks (You can back up this content using Transfer Purchases in iTunes.)

2. Content synced from iTunes, like imported MP3s or CDs, videos, books, and photos.

3. Photos already stored in the cloud, like My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Library.

4. Touch ID settings.

5. Apple Pay information and settings.

6. Activity, Health, and Keychain data (To back up this content, you'll need to use Encrypted Backup in iTunes.

Steps to Make a Backup Via iTunes

Step 1. Launch iTunes on Mac/PC. Make sure that it has been updated to the latest version. Then, plug your iPhone in as to connect to iTunes.

Step 2. Tap on "Phone-like" icon to enter the "Summary" page.

Step 3. Choose "This Computer" and click on "Back Up Now" button.

Step 4. Wait until it's done.

Backup Via 


Note that you are able to do an iCloud backup via highlighting the "iCloud" option on the left. Also, you can encrypt you backup files by check the "Encrypt iPhone backup" option. However, please keep the password in mind, or you might be unable to restore data from backups.

Where to Find iTunes Backups on Mac/PC?

Since iTunes will back up iPhone data right on Mac or PC, the backup files will also be stored somewhere on the computer. Follow the route and check it out.

Mac: Click in the menu bar, then enter ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

Windows 7/8/10: Go to \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer \MobileSync\Backup\

Windows XP: Head to Documents and Settings(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

Method 2: How to Do a Backup through iCloud?

What Does iCloud Back up?

Nearly all data and settings stored on your iOS device will be included in iCloud backups, but they don't include:

1. Data that's already stored in iCloud, like Contacts, Calendars, Notes, My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Library.

2. Data stored in other cloud services, like Gmail and Exchange mail.

3. Apple Pay information and settings.

4. Touch ID settings.

4. iCloud Music Library and App Store content (If it's still available in the iTunes, App, or iBooks Store, you can tap to re-download your already purchased content.)

Note that you can nevertheless see a few types of data on the official iCloud website, such as Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Photos, Notes, Reminders and so on.

Steps to Do a Backup Via iCloud

Step 1. Open "Settings" app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Scroll down and tap on "iCloud" option.

Step 3. Enter your iCloud account as to log in. (If prompted)

Step 4. Scroll down and select "Backup".

Step 5. Click on "Back Up Now" and wait till it's done.

Backup Via iCloud

Method 3: How to Back up Data within a Click?

If you've used iPhone Data Recovery before, you should know that it's not only supported to restore lost data as its name tells. The software provides quite a few functions for users, including backing up various data, fixing system problems as well as erasing private data. But, now, let me show you how to use it to back up your existing data in a click.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to Computer

Now, launch iPhone Data Recovery and select "More Tools" from the left panel. Next, click on "iOS Data Backup & Restore" to continue.

Connect to iOS Data Backup & Restore

Then, please connect your iPhone to the software and you'll be prompted to select types of data you wish to back up. Make your choices and tap on "Backup" button, and the software will automatically back up your selected data to the computer.

Choose Data to Start Backing up

Step 2. Preview Files that are Backed up

After the backup process completes, the software will scan the saved contents and display them on the screen by default, you're allowed to check them out and see whether all of your data are safe and sound on the computer.

Note that iOS Data Backup & Restore is also available to restore files from previous backup files without a hitch.

Preview Files

Comparison: Difference among Various Methods

You can check out the table below and make up your mind which one suits you the best.

Comparison Among Different Methods

Tips & Tricks: Selectively Restore Data from Backups without Data Loss

After you finish reading the sections above, I know you've had a further idea of how to make a backup for iPhone, right? However, do you know how to restore data from backup files what if you lose something? As a matter of fact, you might have already known the ways to restore data from iTunes/iCloud backup, and you probably knew that restoring previous backups via iTunes or iCloud has a great pity, that is to say, it would result in losing the existing data on iPhone. That's unreasonable, right? So, is there any way that has no such a drawback? Certainly there is. As a professional software designed to perform data recovery, iPhone Data Recovery will never let you down.

It can easily and selectively restore data from iTunes backups. You just need to connect your iPhone to the software, and then choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File". Then, select a backup to scan, preview the files and choose the specific ones to retrieve.

Restore Contents from iTunes

Also, it supports to restore from iCloud backup with no need to reset your iPhone in the first place. What you need to do is to launch iPhone Data Recovery, choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File" and log in your iCloud account. Then, choose files to download from iCloud, preview those contents and recover them with a click.

Restore Contents from iCloud

Backups are of great importance when it comes to data loss, for that makes it easier and faster to restore lost data after update or something else. However, if you find iOS 10 less desirable, you could easily downgrade your iPhone to previous version of iOS with ease. Some readers sent us an email saying that their iPhone got stuck sometimes after updating to iOS 10. You can still get by with iOS 10, but from where I stand, why bother to do so?

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