Backups are important and especially important for devices like your iPhone, which pretty much carry all your personal data. Losing your phone is actually worse than losing your wallet nowadays.

Just imagine losing your phone and not having a backup. You would lose all your messages, contacts, photos, videos, notes, all your apps, etc. Some stuff you could re-download, but the rest would be gone forever.

With the iPhone, you can either backup locally using iTunes or to the cloud using iCloud. iCloud normally requires purchasing extra space, but it also makes restoring your phone much easier. I always make sure to backup to both locations just in case something goes wrong with one backup.

How to Create an iCloud Backup

To create an iCloud backup on your phone, you have to go to Settings and then tap on your name at the top.

Next, tap on iCloud, which is below Password & Security and Payment & Shipping.

Scroll down a bit and you’ll see an option called iCloud Backup. Tap on that item.

Finally, you’ll see the last time your phone was backed up to iCloud and the Back Up Now button, which will let you create a new backup.

Again, it’s worth getting the extra space on iCloud to store your backups because the default 5GB from Apple is too small. It’s terrible that they only give that much space, but unfortunately, it’s the only option. Unless you are very disciplined about backing up locally, it’s best to let iCloud take care of the backups automatically.

How to Create a Backup using iTunes

I only recommend using iTunes to backup your iPhone once every couple of months. As long as iCloud is doing the daily backups, you don’t need to have so many local backups.

Open iTunes on your Mac or PC and then connect your phone to your computer. Once you do that, you should see a small iPhone icon at the top.

Click on that and it’ll bring up the details for your iPhone. Under the Backups section, you’ll see the option to backup to iCloud or This computer.

To backup locally, select This computer and then check the Encrypt iPhone backup box. You’ll be asked to enter a password, so enter something that you won’t forget. If it doesn’t automatically start backing up, go ahead and click on the Back Up Now button that is located under Manually Back Up and Restore.

It’s important to select the encrypt backup option, otherwise certain items will not be saved into the backup. These items include account passwords, health information and HomeKit data. The important thing here are the passwords. You won’t have to type in all the passwords for every app you have setup on your phone when you do a restore.

Backing up locally will take some time, especially if you have a large capacity iPhone and are using up a lot of space. It’s also worth noting that the newest version of iTunes no longer has an App Store. The local backup will still have all your apps, but you can no longer see them in iTunes. Enjoy!