Backing up your iPhone is always a good idea. Maybe your phone is misbehaving or has already glitched and you hope to fix it by restoring it to factory conditions and applying the latest backup.
Or perhaps you’re upgrading to a new iPhone and want to transfer all your current data. Whatever the reason, you can back up your phone and restore the backup if needed on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Apple offers two backup methods: 1) Back up your phone to your computer via iTunes; or 2) Back up your phone to the cloud via iCloud.
What are the pros and cons of each method? With iTunes, you don’t have to rely on the cloud but you can restore the backup only from the iTunes account on your computer. If your computer crashes or goes down, there goes your backup. But you can encrypt an iTunes backup if you want to retain your passwords and other sensitive data.
With iCloud, your backup isn’t affected by problems with your computer and is available anywhere. You back up your phone to iCloud via Wi-Fi from the phone itself, so you don’t even need iTunes. An iCloud backup is automatically encrypted. But depending on the amount of data on your phone, you might have to upgrade to a paid iCloud account.
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