How to Backup iPhone to iCloud, Your Computer or an External Hard Drive

Xiaobai Software  2021-12-01 23: 15  read 280 views

your last backup iPhone When is it?Hope it wasn't that long ago - otherwise, you'd lose a lot of data.

Experts recommend backing up all data and updating these backups frequently.Fortunately, there are multiple ways to backup iPhone and ensure data security.

Here are the three best ways to back up your iPhone: Use iCloud, computer or external hard disk.

how to use iCloud Backup your iPhone

Using iCloud backup is very convenient.You can do it wirelessly over Wi-Fi, and you can even set it to automatically back up your iPhone, which means you never have to worry about it.

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap at the top of the screen您 的 姓名.

The Settings app on iPhone with the Apple ID label highlighted at the top.
Open your Apple ID account menu. 

2.From the Apple ID menu, tapiCloud,then clickiCloud Backup.

The iCloud menu on iPhone, with the iCloud backup option highlighted.
Make sure you choose what to back up beforehand. 

3.make sureiCloud backupopened.That way, whenever your iPhone is charging and connected to Wi-Fi, but you're not using it, it will back up your data.So plug in your phone before going to bed at night and your files should be backed up regularly.

You can also clickimmediatelybackup withimmediatelyCreate backups manually.

The Backup page on iPhone, where you can set up automatic or manual backups.
You can set up automatic backups or manual backups. 

How to Backup iPhone to Computer

If you prefer to keep your data out of the cloud, you can save it all to your computer.It stores it all into one file that you can move and store however you want.

If you have a PC, you will use iTunes to do this (so make sure you have it downloaded).If you have a Mac, you will use the Finder.But either way, the steps are similar.

1.Open iTunes or Finder on your computer and plug in your iPhone with the charging cable.On your iPhone, it will ask if you want to trust the computer - selecttrustand enter your password.

2.In iTunes or Finder, select your iPhone.It will appear as a small iPhone icon in the upper left corner of iTunes and you willIn the left sidebar of the Finderseeits name.

3.Onunder backup, select the dataBackupto your computer and clickBackup now.

Menu that lets you back up your iPhone to a Mac (top) or PC (bottom).
These options are named differently on Mac and PC, but perform the same function. 

Give your device a few minutes to back up your data.When it's all done, you can disconnect your iPhone.

Where to find your iPhone backups and how to move them to an external hard drive

For most users, the above steps are sufficient.

But if you're interested in keeping device backups on an external hard drive, or just want the flexibility to move backups to different locations on your computer, you'll have to dig a little deeper.

Find backup files

On Mac:

Click the Spotlight Search button or press with a Finder window openCommand + Shift + Gand copy the following text:~ / Library / Application Support / MobileSync / Backup /.

This will take you to the folder where your backups are stored.

Alternatively, connect the iPhone to the Mac again and open its menu, then clickManage backups.You will get a list of all backups, then you can right click and selectShow in Finder withto locate.

The menu on your Mac lets you view all your backups and highlights the Reveal in Finder option.
You can find your backup by reconnecting your iPhone. 

On a Windows PC: 

You will use a similar process for Windows.Open the search bar and enter:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\.

Replace your user profile name with (username).This will take you to the folder containing the backup.

Alternatively, open iTunes and click at the topedit, then clickfirst choice.In the popup that opens, clickDevices.You will see all backups.You can also delete backups from this menu.


Copy and move the backup to an external hard drive

Now that you've found a hidden location for your backups, you can copy them to an external drive and delete those on your hard drive.

Apple recommends that users copy the entire folder, if you want to keep the data without damaging it, then go ahead and copy the folder (or compress it as a ZIP file) and drag it to your external hard drive (or a different cloud services such as Google Drive).

Folders are moved from one location on the computer to another.
You can move the entire backup folder or compress it into one file first. 

Now you can delete the copy on your computer to save space as needed.But it never hurts to have multiple copies.

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