iOS File Backup: From iPhone with iCloud, Mac, Windows, and Others — 2022

Backing up an iPhone is really easy. If you just got one of these iOS phones or have never worried about this, don't worry. In this post we show you how you can save your settings, data, files and applications in full so that you can recover them at any time in case of loss, theft or restore the device or want to add them to a new Apple phone.

Through the iOS device itself

Although you will see in this article that it is not the only way to do it, it is possible that the most comfortable way to make a backup of the iPhone data is through the device itself. In the following sections we will tell you how you can do this, although for this you must have a contracted iCloud rate in which all the data fits.

Why do you have to have iCloud contracted?

This is Apple's cloud storage service. When you open a new Apple account you are given 5GB for free , which may be fine for very basic use, but is too short for the vast majority of users who want to have their data backed up. Either so that these are synchronized with other devices or to make complete copies of all the data on the iPhone.

For this there are greater capacities, but nevertheless they require a payment. There is two ways to contract iCloud: The first is through the individual rates of the service whose costs are these:

    50GB of storage:0.99 euros per month. 200 GB of storage:2.99 euros per month. 2TB of storage:9.99 euros per month.

However, it is possible to extend this space thanks to the Apple One plans , a series of packages that include company services such as Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Arcade and, of course, iCloud. The good thing about these packs is that they save money compared to hiring each of them individually. In the case of iCloud, it must be said that it is cumulative. In other words, in addition to the storage that Apple One gives you, the rate that you have contracted individually (if you have it) is added to it. These are the iCloud capabilities that are in each Apple One pack:

    50GB of storage:Individual Plan (14.95 euros per month). 200 GB of storage:Family Plan (19.95 euros per month). 2TB of storage:Premier Plan (only available in the United States for $24.95 per month).

Automatically sync files to iCloud

Without the need to make a backup, there are certain data that are synchronized with iCloud and that will always be backed up. These are not only useful in case one day you have to restore your iPhone or you want to configure another device with the same data, but it will also serve so that appear on other Apple devices where you're signed in with the same Apple ID, such as a Mac or iPad. To see what files are being synchronized in this way you must go to Settings > your name > iCloud and verify that the tab for that data is green, indicating that it is being synced. These are the data that you will find available:

iCloud data

  • Photos
  • contacts
  • calendars
  • Reminders
  • Grades
  • Posts
  • Safari
  • House
  • Health
  • Wallet
  • Game Center
  • Siri
  • iCloud Drive
  • Other native apps (Pages, Numbers, Shortcuts, Maps, etc.)
  • Other third-party apps (Word, Excel, Acrobat, WhatsApp, etc.)

iOS backup with iCloud

If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you should know that its iOS operating system allows you to make a complete copy of your terminal, so that if you ever have to restore it, the device will be as it was when you made it. Your wallpaper, apps, and any settings you've made will be saved in this copy that will be made through iCloud .

backup iPhone iOS

By default, iPhones have the option of back up to iCloud automatically. It is usually carried out when the device is connected to the charger and has a WiFi connection. However, copies can also be made to iCloud manually by following these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on your name at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on iCloud.
  4. Select all the data you want to save in the backup (Photos, Contacts, Calendar, etc.)
  5. Go to iCloud Backup.
  6. Select Back up now. You can also activate and deactivate the automatic copy that is made daily on your computer.

iPhone copies through a computer

Although the previous method to make backup copies is the fastest, the truth is that it is not the only one. exist alternatives if you don't want to pay for more iCloud storage and for this the most recommended method is to use a computer. It does not matter if your computer is a Mac or a Windows PC, since in both cases it is possible to make backup copies. Of course, it is important that you know that in any of the cases you should not disconnect the iPhone from the computer until the whole backup process is finished.

How to do it from a Mac

Although the process is very similar, the truth is that depending on the version of the operating system you have, you will have to resort to one or another program on your Mac. If you have macOS Catalina or later These are the steps you must follow:

    Connect iPhone to Macvia cable.
  1. Open a window of Finder and you will see that on the left, along with other folders, your iPhone appears. If this is the first time you've connected your iPhone to your Mac, you may be prompted to tap the Trust button both on the Mac and on the iPhone itself and also enter the security code.
  2. Activate the option Back up all your iPhone data on this Mac.
  3. Now click on Back up now.

If instead you have macOS Mojave or earlier This is the procedure you should follow:

    Connect iPhone to Macvia cable.
  1. Open iTunes on the Mac.
  2. Click on the iPhone icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Activate the option that allows you save a copy on this computer.
  4. Now click on Back up now.

Copy iPhone from Windows PC

Having a non-Apple computer is not a problem to make a copy of your data. In fact, the process is relatively similar to what you would carry out on a Mac. To do this, you must follow these steps:

    Connect iPhone to PCvia cable.
  1. Open iTunes. If you don't have it installed you can download it on apple website .
  2. Click on the iPhone icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Activate the option that allows you save a copy on this computer.
  4. Now click on Back up now.

backup iphone computer

Other Ways to Backup iPhone

There are other alternatives to make a backup of the phone's data, although the truth is that they are not as comfortable or complete as the previously described ones. In any case, we highlight below the two most relevant and that may also be useful to you.

Through other cloud services

Unfortunately, there is no way to back up your entire iPhone manually, so some things like settings or data might be left uncovered if you don't use any of the above methods. However, there is a very interesting option to keep its files safe in a cloud storage service.

We have several: Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and more that will serve you for this function. Most are adapted to iOS appearing in the Files app , through which you will have to transfer the files to the corresponding folders of these storages. It is a tedious process as you have to copy the files manually, but it is an alternative for certain documents that you have on your computer.

With external storage devices

As with the previous case, there is the possibility of making copies of certain files through an external storage device. For this you must have a lightning adapter , since it will be the only way you have to physically connect them to the iPhone. Once you have it and have connected the external device, you will see that it appears in the Files app in the same way as the previous ones.

The process to transfer documents from this app to the device is identical to the previous one, again being somewhat slower and more boring, but effective for certain files. Then you can transfer them to any other device, either to view them or to store them on it. Of course, it is very likely that to connect it to some you will need another adapter, as is the case with Macs or Windows PCs that do not have a Lightning port.