How to back up your iPhone

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Main methods to back up your iPhone

Backing up your iPhone is the best way to safeguard your data. We love our phones but they’re not infallible. Sometimes we drop them, or lose them altogether. You’ll know that sinking feeling when you’ve deleted sentimental pictures or vital work spreadsheets. If your phone is lost, damaged or stolen, you’ll be able to recover your data from a backup – no more sinking feelings! Here we take a look at three simple methods of backing up your iPhone.

How to back up your iPhone with Enigma Recovery’s Incremental Backup feature

An incremental backup is a type of backup that only saves the changes made to your data since your last backup. Regular incremental backups are efficient ways to back up your iPhone data quickly and safely. With our Incremental Backup feature, you perform an initial full backup, and then all subsequent backups are incremental only. You can view your scans and recover and restore specific items, giving you much more control over the recovery process than the standard iTunes and iCloud iPhone backups.

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How to back up your iPhone with Enigma Recovery’s Incremental Backup feature

An incremental backup is a type of backup that only saves the changes made to your data since your last backup. Regular incremental backups are efficient ways to back up your iPhone data quickly and safely. With our Incremental Backup feature, you perform an initial full backup, and then all subsequent backups are incremental only. You can view your scans and recover and restore specific items, giving you much more control over the recovery process than the standard iTunes and iCloud iPhone backups.

Here’s how:

  1. Download Enigma Recovery

    Download Enigma Recovery to your Mac or Windows computer. You will need the unlocked, full version of the software to use the Incremental Backup feature.

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  2. Connect your iOS device

    Using your USB cable, connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your computer or laptop. The software should connect to your device automatically. If this is your first time connecting the device, then you may need to tap ‘Trust’ on your device and computer.

    Connect and trust your phone with computer to backup your iPhone
  3. Choose data types for your incremental backup*

    Select the types of data that you want to include in your incremental backup and then click ‘Start Scan’.

    *Your very first backup will be a full backup, which will take longer than subsequent incremental backups.

    Select SMS & Scan To backup your iPhone
  4. Scan your device

    Wait while the software scans your device – the duration of the scan will depend on which data types you choose and the size of your device’s database. While the scan is processing, the software will create an incremental backup of your device – this data remains completely secure on your computer only.

    View available data to backup
  5. Incremental backup complete

    Once the scan is finished, you can view your iPhone files which are now securely stored on your computer. If you wish, you can restore or export the retrieved data. The backup will automatically display the next time you scan your device.

    Incremental backup of your iPhone data is complete
  6. Start Backing up your device more frequently

    We recommend regularly scanning your device with Enigma Recovery – this will enable the software to continue adding new data to the backup, reducing the scan time for your device.

    Saved scans of previosu backups of your iPhone
  7. Find Deleted iPhone data

    If you accidentally lose or delete data from your iPhone, don’t panic! Simply connect your iPhone to Enigma Recovery and scan your device – the software will compare the current data on your iPhone to your last Incremental Backup* and efficiently recover your deleted data.

    With Enigma Recovery’s Incremental Backup, you can view your previous scans and recover and restore specific data items.

    *An initial, full backup must have been performed originally

    Incremental backup settings screen

Method 2: How to back up your iPhone with iTunes

Apple is phasing out iTunes, but a full iTunes backup is still available for now. Backing up your iPhone through iTunes involves opening iTunes on your computer and connecting your iPhone. Then find your device within iTunes (there is help here if you struggle at this point).

Next steps:

  1. From the Settings menu on the left-hand side, select Summary

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    Backup iphone with itunes, from the Settings menu on the left hand side, select summary
  2. From the Backups heading, select This Computere

    From the Backups heading, select your computer
  3. When you’re ready to back up, select the blue Back Up Now tab

    Select the blue backup now tab inside of iTunes
  4. You can check the Latest Backup tab to see whether the backup was a success

    Check the latest backups tab to see whether the backup was a success

How to back up your iPhone with iCloud

An iCloud backup is a convenient storage and backup solution for many iPhone users, as your data is held in the Cloud instead of stored on a local device. You can access your iCloud account from anywhere and retrieve your data providing you have your log-in details.

Firstly, click on Settings.

Next steps:

  1. Select your name at the top of the menu

  2. Click on iCloud

  3. Under iCloud Backup, turn iCloud Backup on.

Backing up your iPhone – FAQs

Can an iTunes or iCloud iPhone backup fail?

Yes, and for a number of reasons – this is why frequent incremental backups help to minimise the risk of losing your data. Here are some of the most common reasons a backup can fail:

  • You haven’t enough storage to back up your data to iCloud
  • You haven’t got the latest version of iTunes
  • Your security software is interfering in the backup

A failed backup message can be irritating, inconvenient and time-consuming to fix. Opting for a better alternative, such as Enigma Recovery’s Incremental Backup, can help you avoid these common backup pitfalls.

What is the difference between an iTunes or iCloud iPhone backup and Incremental Backup?

The fundamental difference is that Incremental Backup offers you more control over your iPhone backups. When you sync your device with iTunes or iCloud, it’s not possible to manage individual data items or files. This means that if you ever lose or delete your data, you will ordinarily need to carry out a full device restore to retrieve your data. With Enigma Recovery’s Incremental Backup, you can view your previous scans and recover and restore specific data items, without eating up significant amounts of precious storage.

Can I recover encrypted data backed up on iTunes if I’ve forgotten the password?

Apple states that there is no way to recover backed up iPhone data that has been encrypted at the point of backup unless you have the password with which the data is protected. Here’s more on encrypted iTunes backups from Apple.

This situation could cause a major headache for anyone who realises they have lost their password when they need to recover their iPhone data. However, if you’ve lost your password and your iPhone data is still safe, you can opt for a fresh backup via iTunes, iCloud or Incremental Backup software for even more control over your backups in the future.

How easy is it to restore data from an iCloud backup?

While restoring from an Incremental Backup is as easy as scanning and identifying specific previously backed-up data, restoring from iCloud means an entire reset and restore of your iPhone’s data. You’ll have to download the latest version of your iOS first and then go through the process of wiping and restoring your iPhone’s content and settings. You’ll also have to decide which backup to restore from to ensure you’re getting the latest data.

Enigma Recovery software allows you to quickly and easily restore data back to your iPhone, and also gives you the option to export this data to your MAC or Windows computer for extra security and reassurance.

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