People love to use iPhones. They are easy to use and have solid construction. To many people, iPhones work like a charm and give them a hassle-free experience. But like every phone, iPhone may also come across problems or even get lost or stolen. Then you may find there are some things more important than the phone itself – your data.
Sometimes losing your data is more painful than losing your phone, so backing up your iPhone regularly is a good habit. In this tutorial, I will show you how to backup iPhone to Mac. Generally, there are three methods on how to backup iPhone on Mac.
Backing up your data with this method is free and you do not need other devices. But the problem is that there is only 5 GB storage with your free iCloud account, which is not enough for many people. Of course, Apple can provide you with more storage, but only if you are willing to pay a monthly fee. Believe me; it costs a lot.
Step 1 Connect your phone to internet via Wi-Fi.
Step 2 If your iOS version is 10.3 or newer, go to Settings > [your apple account name] > iCloud, if your iOS version is 10.2 or earlier, first go to Settings and press iCloud on the screen.
Step 3 If your iOS version is 10.3 or newer, press iCloud Backup. If your iOS version is 10.2 or earlier, press Storage & Backup, then toggle iCloud Backup on.
Step 4 Press Back up Now to back up your data right away. Then you can use the iCloud backup data on all your iDevice including Mac.
The problem with this method is that you don’t even know where iTunes place your backup data. You can’t back up your files selectively either. To solve these problems you may want to use method 3
Step 1 Download and install latest iTunes on your mac, and open the program.
Step 2 Link your iPhone to the Mac with a lightning cable. Then a message will pop up on your phone to ask you to trust this computer, tap Trust and enter the password of your iPhone.
Step 3 Press File on the top of the iTunes, then go to Device > Back up
Step 4 Now a message will pop up and ask you to encrypt your backup or not. You need to choose Encrypt Backups if you want your backup file to include some sensitive data like your passwords, Health and HomeKit. If not, click Don’t Encrypt.
Step 5 After the whole process is completed, you can find your latest backups information on the interface.
Many softwares can back up iPhone data if you google them on the internet. But many of these apps can’t live up to its expectation. Here I specially recommend an program I personally use a lot called iOS Data Backup & Restore.
Step 1 Download and install iOS Data Backup & Restore to your mac. The app will launch itself automatically after installation.
Step 2 Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a USB to lightning cable.
Step 3 The program will detect the iPhone right away and tap Trust on your iPhone. Select iOS Data Backup & Restore.
Step 4 Tap iOS Data Backup.
Step 5 Then choose Standard backup or Encrypted backup if you want to use a password to protect the backup data. Tap Start.
Step 6 Then you can choose which files you want to back up from the following interface. Tap Next.
Step 7 Choose the backup file path and then tap Backup.