Make a backup for iPad and iPhone: How to do it via iCloud and computer


If you want to back up the data to your iPhone or iPad, for example before a big update, Apple has different options for creating a backup; wirelessly via iCloud or on your home PC or Mac. Here we explain the advantages and disadvantages of the backup methods and how your step-by-step backup is created.

There are many good reasons to make regular backups of devices. Documents, photos as well as device settings and contacts can be saved. Because if the iPhone or iPad doesn’t run completely smoothly after an update, often only the new installation helps. Here it is convenient if a backup has been created before. However, even if the device is lost or so badly damaged that you can no longer operate the display, the data is still available thanks to backup. You have several ways to back up your iPhone, iPads or iPod touch.

Backup by cable: Free, but please remember!

The “old school” method is to create a backup by cable on your PC or Mac. While Windows users can still do this through iTunes for Windows, Mac users have the backup option through the Finder since upgrading to macOS Catalina. This backup option is free, but you have to think about it regularly.

Create a backup for iPhone and iPad on Mac:

  1. Connects your Apple device to your Mac via USB connection
  2. Confirms the trustworthiness of the computer in the appropriate pop-up window
  3. Opens the Finder
  4. In the bar on the left, the Apple device is under “Places”
  5. Selects the device and scrolls to the Backups area
  6. Selects “Create a backup of all data on this Mac”
  7. The backup can be encrypted
  8. Click on “Create Backup Now”
  9. In the device bar, you can see the backup progress by rotating arrows
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On your Mac, your device has been found on the right side of the Finder since macOS Catalina. / © AndroidPIT

Make a backup for iPhone or iPad on windows PC

Users of Microsoft’s operating system can continue to use the good old iTunes to make backups of their Apple devices. On the official Apple page, you can download iTunes for Windows (64-bit or 32-bit). The Version of Windows must be at least Windows 7— you need about 400 MB of free space. Once iTunes for Windows is installed, you will open the program and search for your USB-connected device in the list on the right. After clicking on the device, follow the instructions in the “Backup” section. Here, too, the backup data can be encrypted to protect sensitive health data, for example.

Create backup via iCloud

Significantly more convenient, but cost-related depending on the backup size, is the ability to back up to iCloud. To do this, you need to enable iCloud on your iPhone or iPad. You can find the corresponding menu at Settings -> Click on username -> iCloud. Here you can first set which data is backed up. If you’re using iCloud Drive, you’ll already have to subscribe to Apple’s 50GB or 200GB plan. Otherwise, you can do with less, depending on what you want to back up via iCloud. You can access the iCloud storage plan under Manage Storage within the iPhone setting and upgrade it if necessary. Apple offers the following models:

  • 5GB iCloud storage: Free
  • 50GB iCloud storage: €0.99 per month
  • 200 GB iCloud storage: 2.99 euros per month
  • 2TB iCloud storage for 9.99 euros per month

To create iCloud backup, do the following:

  1. Opens the settings on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
  2. Tap your name and iCloud
  3. Selects “iCloud Backup” in the first block below
  4. Taps “Create Backup Now”
iPhone Backup

You can get to iCloud Backup in three steps on your iPhone and iPad. / © AndroidPIT

What’s more convenient here is that you can have automatic backups created, such as at night when the device is charging. To enable automatic backups, you’ll need to press the iCloud Backup lever in the same menu as described above so that it appears green. Now you will automatically back up your desired files if the following conditions are met:

  • The iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is connected to econnected in the power source
  • Connected to a Wi-Fi network
  • The screen is locked

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