Yves - August 08, 2019
By backing up your iPhone 7, you no longer have to worry about the disaster because all the data will be safe, healthy and ready to be restored.
Our computers and phones have become places where we keep our most important information and documents. Backing up your computer or phone is an important way to ensure you do not lose valuable data. Computers can fail, hard drives, iPhone 7, and other disasters can happen, but if you have a backup, you are protected.
However, backing up iPhone 7 is still one of the most important things that can be done because the phone can break even more often than the computer, the phone is significantly more susceptible to falls, loss or theft and other disasters.
If you save your iPhone 7, we do not have to worry about the disaster because all the data will be safe, healthy and ready to be restored on a new phone. That's why in this article we explain the steps and methods that Apple gives to back up the iPhone 7.
Backing up to iCloud is an easy process, which is done automatically once after setup. It is recommended to have an iCloud account created during iPhone setup and Wi-Fi.
How does it work then:
- The iPhone must be connected to iCloud and connected to Wi-Fi.
- We must open in the Settings. Then press the name at the top of the Settings screen.
- We press iCloud, then iCloud Backup.
- The iCloud Backup cursor must be moved to / green. After that, the iPhone 7 will be automatically saved to iCloud whenever the phone is connected to Wi-Fi, a power source and its screen will be locked.
- Now click on Save to start saving the phone data to the iCloud account. The duration of the process will be defined by the amount of data that one wants to save.
Similarly, if you save an iPhone-linked Apple Watch, health and activity data collected by Watch is also backed up on iCloud.
The iCloud account comes with 5GB of free storage space. However, the iCloud account stores more than just backups. So this is not enough to store photos, contacts, calendars, documents, etc. Fortunately, Apple has made the storage upgrade available. How then:
- We enter the Parameters then we press on its name.
- We click on iCloud.
- Click on Manage Storage.
- Click on Edit storage plan.
- Review the options of the plan. The 50GB packages worth $ 0.99 / month to 2TB for $ 9.99 / month.
- Click on the plan that you want to upgrade. The credit card registered in the Apple ID will be charged.
- In the upper right corner, press Buy.
- The Apple ID password is entered when necessary. However, one can adopt for a cheaper or free storage plan. To get there, you just have to follow the same steps and press the menu Backtrack.
You can also save your iPhone 7 to a computer using iTunes. This creates the same type of backup and gives the same set of options for restoring data to a new phone. There are 2 main differences:
1. You can do this backup manually.
2. If something happens to the computer on which the backup was performed, the backup is used.
However, if Wi-Fi is slow, iCloud backups take forever. In this case, the backup on iTunes is the best choice to make, but also, if you do not want to pay extra for an upgraded iCloud account.
To save your iPhone 7 to iTunes, you need:
- The phone must be connected to the computer.
- If iTunes does not open automatically, it must be opened.
- Press the iPhone icon in the upper left corner, just below the music playback controls. This will lead us to the main iPhone management screen. In the Backups section in the middle of the screen, check the box next to This computer.
Similarly, if you have an Apple Watch and if you want to record your health and activity data from the watch, you must encrypt the backup. Check the Encrypt iPhone Backup box and set a password.
- You have to press Save Now. The duration of the process will depend on the amount of data to be backed up.
That's right; we must use the two methods (iCloud and iTunes) to save the iPhone 7. This is a smart data security practice. If you only backup to a computer, the backup could be lost if something happened on the iPhone and on the computer. If the computer hard drive fails, the phone backup will be lost.
In general, you always want to have two backups to have an easy access system and an "offsite" system. Offsite backup is a backup that is not in the same location as the device being backed up.
However, you can use iTunes as a convenient backup and iCloud as an automated offsite backup. There will always be a good chance you will not need two backups, but if you are worried, the little extra work required to create 2 backups will be worth it.
The instructions in this article apply to all versions of iOS that can run on the iPhone 7. This is iOS 12, 11 and 10.