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5 Methods to Backup and Restore iOS Devices

We all need a backup file for data safety living in this digital time. Owing to the protection system of iOS system, it’s annoying when we intend to backup all iPhone data for increasing storage space of iOS device or for protecting data from losing, because it’s always to difficult to do so. But don’t give up, here a detailed guide to teach you how to backup and restore iOS devices.


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To Backup and Restore iOS Devices


Method 1. Backup and Restore iOS Device with USB Cable (Classic)

It’s a classic way to backup iOS device with USB cable. Connect your iOS device to computer and go to This PC to find your device and copy the files to the computer. But generally, there are only some pictures you can find. So if you only want to backup photos, it’s a quickest and simplest way to backup. And you can restore them whenever you want through simply copying and pasting.


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Method 2. Backup and Restore iOS Device with iTunes

Step 1. Backup iOS device with iTunes is one of the most common ways for iOS users. Open iTunes, go to Account to sign in your Apple ID firstly.

Step 2. Find the little phone icon on the left of iTunes homepage and click on it. And there are two ways for you to backup iOS device: backup to pc or backup to iCloud. Tick This Computer > Back Up Now to backup your data to computer. Or Tick iCloud > Back Up Now to backup your data to iCloud.

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Step 3. And you can also restore your backup file via tapping on Restore Backup. Besides, make sure you’ve opened iCloud Drive on your iOS device before you backup file to iCloud.

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PS: If you want to check your iTunes backup file before restore, here is a guide for you to find iTunes backup file:
For XP system: C: \Documents and Settings\ Your Users’name \ Application Data \ Apple Computer \ MobileSync \ Backup
For WIN 7 / 8 / 10 system: C: \ Users \ Your Users’name \ AppData \ Roaming \ AppleComputer \ MobileSync \ Backup
For MAC: Library \ ApplicationSupport \ MobileSync \ Backup

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Method 3. Backup and Restore iOS Device with iCloud

backup-ios-device-with-icloud Backup iOS Device with iCloud

Generally, iCloud prepare 5G free iCloud space for every iOS users. There are three kinds of iCloud backup.

1. iCloud Library: you can go to iCloud and choose items on the panel then turn on the button to back up, including photos, contacts, calendars, notes and etc.


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2. iCloud Drive: turn on the iCloud Drive to allow apps to store documents and data in iCloud.


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3. iCloud Backup: you can choose to back up manuallya or backup automaticallyb.


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a. Back Up Manually

i).   Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.

ii).  Go to Settings > [your name], and tap iCloud. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings, then scroll down and tap iCloud.

iii). Tap iCloud Backup. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Backup. Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on.

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

v).  Make sure that the backup finished: go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Storage > Manage Storage, then select your device. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage, then select your device. The backup should appear in the details with the time and backup size.


b. Back Up Automatically ( it will back up your device each day )

i).   Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on in Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Backup.

ii).  Connect your device to a power source.

iii). Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.

iv). Make sure that your device's screen is locked.

v).  Check that you have enough available space in iCloud for the backup. When you sign in to iCloud, you get 5GB of iCloud storage for free. If you need more iCloud storage, you can buy more from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.


iCloud Backup includes: App data / Apple Watch backups / Call history / Device settings / Health data / HomeKit configuration / Home screen and app organization / iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages, Photos and videos on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch / Purchase history from Apple services, like your music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books / Ringtones / Visual Voicemail password (requires the SIM card that was in use during backup).


backup-ios-device-with-icloud Restore iOS Device from an iCloud Backup

Step 1. Firstly, you need to erase all of its content before you can use these steps to restore from your backup. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings.

Step 2. After erase all of its content, please restart your iOS device and follow the onscreen setup steps until you reach the Apps & Data screen, then tap Restore from iCloud Backup.

Step 3. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID.

Step 4. Choose a backup and start the transfer.

Step 5. Stay connected and wait for a progress bar to appear and complete. Please keep the WiFi connected. If you disconnect from Wi-Fi too soon, the progress will pause until you reconnect.

Step 6. The process may take several hours or days, which depends on the amount of data. Thus you need to connect often to Wi-Fi and power to let the process complete. Contents like your apps, photos, music, and other information will continue to restore in the background. Now you can enjoy your device.

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Method 4. Backup and Restore iOS Device with iOS Manager for Free

Sometimes, it takes long time and more energy to backup and restore iOS device with iTunes or iCloud. Thus if you can reduce the backup and restore process simply with the help of the third-party iOS Tool, why not?

backup-ios-device-with-icloud Backup with iOS Device Manager for Free

Step 1. Download and install iOS Device Manager on your computer. Before connecting to iOS device, please close iCloud Backup and iCloud Drive to make sure your data can be read.

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Step 2. Then open it and connect your iOS device via USB cable. Please make sure you’ve click “allow” or “trust” on iOS device screen when iOS Device Manager read your data.

Step 3. Choose the items you’d like to backup and click on Export > Choose backup file path > OK.


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backup-ios-device-with-icloud Restore with iOS Device Manager for Free

Step 1. Click on Import / Add to restore the previous backup file

Step 2. Click on Refresh and check your iOS device to see if your data is restored.

Note: if you can’t find the data on your iOS device, please wait with patience. It may take a while to sync data to your iOS device.

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Method 5. One-click Backup and Restore iOS Device

backup-ios-device-with-icloud One-click Backup iOS Device with iOS Data Transfer Tool

Step 1. Download and install iOS Data Transfer Tool on your computer. Before connecting to iOS device, please close iCloud Backup and iCloud Drive to make sure your data can be read.

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Step 2. Then open it and connect your iOS device via USB cable. Please make sure you’ve click “allow” or “trust” on iOS device screen when iOS Data Transfer Tool read your data.

Step 3. Choose the items you’d like to backup, then click on Start Copy. All of your iOS device data can be saved for a moment.


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backup-ios-device-with-icloud Three ways to One-click Restore iOS Device with iOS Data Transfer Tool

1. Restore from the previous backup file

Open iOS Data Transfer Tool1 > Connect iOS device to pc2 > Click on Restore form PC3 > Tick the items you’d like to restore4 > Start Copy5

2. Restore from iTunes: iOS Data Transfer Tool helps you to retrieve iTunes backup file directly.

Open iOS Data Transfer Tool1 > Connect iOS device to pc2 > Click on Restore form iTunes3 > Tick the items you’d like to restore4 > Start Copy5

3. Restore from iCloud: iOS Data Transfer Tool can recover mobile contents from your iCloud backups with one-click.

Open iOS Data Transfer Tool1 > Connect iOS device to pc2 > Click on Restore form iCloud3 > Tick the items you’d like to restore4 > Start Copy5

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