Forgetting to back up your iPhone can be seriously devastating should the worst happen. If you have an issue with your handset and it must be replaced, you could be in danger of losing all your photos and other valuable information, if you have not created a regular back up schedule.

Storing information on the handset only can be risky, especially if you end up needing to replace your phone, in an emergency, later down the line. So how do you ensure your data is safe?

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iCloud

To address this issue, Apple introduced iCloud. It is a secure cloud-based storage system that now comes as an option on all iPhone handsets. However, for it to work, you must check that it is turned on. By default, a new handset will encourage you to have iCloud setup, but many people skip this stage and forget to go back later.

  • Check iCloud is turned on (you will need to be connected to Wi-Fi)
  • Settings>iCloud>Backup
  • Find the iCloud Backup button and simply slide it to on.

However, a common misconception amongst users is that is all they need to do.  iCloud provides 5GB of storage free, and to be fair; this won’t be enough for most users.  You can upgrade the storage by following the prompts from the handset, but it goes without saying, this then becomes a chargeable service. Currently, the pricing stands at;

50GB = £0.79 per month

200GB = £2.49 per month

2TB = £6.99 per month

As you can see, the prices are quite reasonable and well worth investing in to protect your content.

If you do not want to use iCloud, there are back up alternatives.

iTunes

To use iTunes as a backup, you will need to connect your handset to your computer or laptop. Generally, this will automatically trigger the backup routine when the connection is detected, but if not, once your phone is connected follow the steps below:

  • Open iTunes > File > Devices > Backup

This method is free, but you need to make sure the computer and phone are synced regularly to stay up to date.  The advantage of iCloud is the phone updates automatically.

Other Cloud-Based Storage

There are many other forms of cloud-based storage available that are compatible with iPhone backups.  GoogleDrive, Dropbox, OneDrive and Amazon CloudDrive to name a few.  Some people already have accounts with these providers, for other purposes. So, as opposed to paying for two separate storage packages, they simply back up their phone to the same place.  You will need to use the app, for the storage provider, to ascertain what information you want to back up and how often you want to do it.

What form of storage you choose to use is enterally up to you, however, be sure that you have something in place and that the space available is sufficient.  Should you ever need to set up a new handset, it should be as simple as a few taps to retrieve your information.