Guide on how to back up your apple device using Icloud or Itunes

How to back up your devices using iCloud or iTunes

If you back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you’ll have a copy of your information to use if your device is ever replaced, lost, or damaged. Backups let you transfer data from your last device to your new one.

Choose a backup method

Before you get started, learn the difference between making backups with iCloud and iTunes. For example, iCloud backups include different kinds of data than iTunes backups. Decide which method is best for you and follow the steps below. In case you ever need an alternative backup, you can make one in iCloud and another in iTunes.


Make a backup using iCloud

  1. Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.
  2. In iOS 8 or later, tap Settings > iCloud > Backup.
    In iOS 7 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup. 
  3. Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on.

4. Tap Back Up Now. Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes.

5. Make sure the backup finished by tapping Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage. The backup you just made should appear with the correct date and backup size.

After you've turned on iCloud Backup, iCloud can automatically back up your device each day. iCloud makes these daily automatic backups only if:



Make a backup using iTunes

  1. Open iTunes and connect your device to your computer. 
  2. Save content that you downloaded from the iTunes Store or App Store by clicking File > Devices > Transfer Purchases.


3. Click File > Devices > Back up.


4. After the process ends, you can see if your backup finished successfully by clicking iTunes Preferences > Devices. You should see the name of your device with the date and time that iTunes created the backup. 



Restore your device from an iCloud or iTunes backup


Learn how to restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from a backup in iCloud or iTunes. 



  1. Turn on your device. You should see a Hello screen.
  2. Follow steps in the iOS Setup Assistant. Join a Wi-Fi network and follow steps until you see the Set Up Device screen.
  3. Tap Restore from a Backup. Then sign in to iCloud.
  4. Choose a backup. Look at the date and size of each one and pick the most relevant. After you choose a backup, the transfer starts. If you've purchased iTunes or App Store content using multiple Apple IDs, you'll be asked to sign in to each. If you can’t remember the passwords, you can tap Skip this Step and enter it later.
  5. Stay connected. If you disconnect from Wi-Fi before the process completes, the restore process pauses until you reconnect. Give the process time to finish. Restoring from a backup can take a while, depending on the size of the backup and the network speed.


Restore from an iCloud backup to a device you already set up

The only way to restore from an iCloud backup is through the Setup Assistant. To get to the Setup Assistant on a device you already set up, you'll need to erase all the content on your device and set up your device as new.




  1. Connect your device to the computer that you stored your backup on.
  2. Open iTunes. If iTunes tells you there's an iOS update, get the latest version.
  3. Choose your backup by going to File > Devices > Restore from Backup. Look at the date and size of each one and pick the most relevant.
  4. Click restore and wait for the process to finish. Your device will restart and then sync with your computer. Stay connected until the sync finishes.

 source from Apple Website


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