3 Methods on How to Backup iPhone before Upgrading to iOS 9/8

By Andre Cooper on Dec 19, 2015 14:00:00 PM.

Always have a backup before updating your operating system.

Getting ready for iOS 9? It's always a good idea to make sure you've backed up your iPhone and iPad first. While you likely won't see any data loss after an upgrade, software glitches can and do happen; additionally, when testing a beta, certain things may not work like they used to. As such, it's worth it to protect your data before you embark upon an update.

Thankfully, backing your device up to iCloud or iTunes is easy enough and can give you peace of mind in knowing that if something does go wrong, all your data is protected. An iCloud backup is the easiest way to make sure your data is protected, though we recommend an encrypted iTunes backup before upgrading your operating system—it's the only backup that also stores your account passwords and Health data.

You can also backup iPhone data in one click with the iPhone Backup Tool. 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. This article would show you 3 methods on how to backup iPhone step by step.

Method 1. How to Backup iPhone with iPhone Transfer in 1 Click

With the help of iOSMate Phone Transfer, you can simply backup iPhone to computer with 1 click! Backup contacts, calendar, messages, audio, video and photos from iPhone to computer with zero data loss, 100% safe. Full compatible with iPhone 6s (Plus)/6 (Plus)/5s/5c/5/4S/4/3GS when running iOS 9/8/7/6/5.

Step 1 Connect Your iPhone to Computer

After installation, launch this iPhone Backup tool on the computer. When its primary window shows up, select the Back Up Your iPhone mode and click it to move on.

Connect to iPhone backup tool

Step 2 Backup iPhone Contacts, Messages, Photos, Music, Calendar and Video

Go to the middle of the window, choose content you want to backup. Then, click Start Copy. Then, the software will backup content on your iPhone to computer. When you lose data or get a new phone, you can retrieve the backup and transfer to it.

Backup iPhone in 1 click

Method 2. How to make backup of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iTunes

iTunes backs up most of data on your iPhone, including Camera Roll, contacts, contacts and favorite, calendars, safari, autofill, cache/database, notes, mail accounts, call history, messages, voicemail, voice memos, network settings, keychain, app store application data, application settings, in-app purchases, game center accounts, wallpapers, location service preferences, installed profiles, maps and saved suggestion corrections and more.

1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer via USB.
2. Open iTunes and click on the device icon in the tab bar.
3. In the Summary section, scroll to Backups.
4. Under Manually Back Up and Restore, click Back Up Now.

backup iPhone with iTunes

Encrypt iPhone Backup
To keep your iPhone backup safe, you can also encrypt iPhone backup. Encrypting iPhone backup means that only the one what knows the password can extract data from the backup. If you forget the password and want to start again, you must perform a full software restore and choose to set up a new iPhone when iTunes prompts you to select the backup from which to restore.

Change the Automatically Back Up section to This computer, and click the box labeled Encrypt iPhone backups. You'll have to create a password to do so if you've never made an encrypted backup before. Enter the password and the backup process begins automatically.

Where to Find iPhone Location?
Succeed in backing up your iPhone to iTunes? You might want to make sure where the iPhone backup is. iTunes backup will be saved on your computer, but the backup locations differ from the computer OS.

backup iPhone with iTunes

Mac OS ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
(The "~" represents the Home folder. If you don't see Library in your home folder, hold Option and click the Go menu.
Windows XP \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
(To quickly access the Application Data folder, click Start, and choose Run. Type appdata and click OK.)
Windows Vista \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
(For accessing quickly to AppData folder, click Start. In the search bar, type appdata and press Return.)
Windows 7 \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
(For accessing quickly to AppData folder, click Start. In the search bar, type appdata and press Return.)
Windows 8 \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
(For accessing quickly to AppData folder, click Start. In the search bar, type appdata and press Return)

Method 3. How to Backup iPhone by using iCloud

iCloud is another way that Apple offers to backup iPhone, but it saves iPhone backup in Apple cloud server. iCloud backups purchase history of music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books, photos and videos in the Camera Roll, device settings, app data, home screen and app organization, iMessage, text, and MMS messages, ringtones, visual Voicemail.
Note: Apple only offers you 5GB free storage of iCloud. Make sure you have enough cloud storage before backing up iPhone to iCloud. Or, you can purchase 10 GB/20 GB/50 GB iCloud storage.

1. Make sure WiFi network is turned on your iPhone.
2. Go to Settings > iCloud.
3. Tap Backup.
4. Turn On iCloud backup under the Backup section if it isn't already — if it is, skip to step 5.
5. Tap on Back Up Now.
6. Wait for your backup to complete before updating.

backup iPhone with icloud

That's all there is to it! You can now upgrade your devices without fear. Keep in mind: If you want to back up to iCloud, you must first have an iCloud account and be signed in to it.

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