By default, iPhone backups are done via Wi-Fi. It’s a simple process, and most iPhone users have done it hundreds of times before. By backing up your phone, you make a copy of all your files into the cloud so that you can later restore them. But what happens when you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi network, and you still need to perform a backup? For example, if your home Wi-Fi network is down, or if you’re on vacation and you don’t have access to a secure network, you may be wondering how you can safely back up your files in the cloud. Fortunately, there are ways to backup your iPhone even without a Wi-Fi connection if you follow these easy tips and tricks.
Use iCloud Drive to do a cellular backup.
One way to backup your files is to use iCloud Drive, which is Apple’s online storage service. For this, you don’t need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network, but you will need to have cellular data. Depending on what you want to back up, you may need more or less cellular data (for example, if you want to back up a full batch of vacation photos, the backup will eat up a lot of data, so make sure you have a lot of it left or are on an unlimited data plan). To back up your files via iCloud Drive, follow these steps:
- Turn on iCloud Drive by going to ‘Settings’ –> ‘iCloud’, then enable iCloud Drive.
- If the cellular backup option isn’t already turned on, do so by enabling the ‘Use cellular data’ at the bottom of the page.
- When you open the app, you will see a list of folders with files you want to back up. Select the ones you need.
Unfortunately, you don’t have unlimited iCloud space to move files around. By default, you’ll get 5GB of free storage, but if you need more than that, you will have to buy more.
Backup your iPhone via iCloud.
You can also backup your iPhone via iCloud if you’re not connected to Wi-Fi. To do this, follow these steps:
- Open the iTunes app on your computer
- Connect the phone to your computer
- Go to ‘Files’ –> ‘Devices’, and from there, you can select ‘Back up’ or ‘Transfer Purchases from…’
Your data will be saved to iTunes and will be backed up as soon as your Internet connection becomes available.
If you want to have more control over the files you back up, you can also use Enigma Recovery, which offers incremental backups.