How to backup your iPhone

You can backup your iPhone with iTunes or with iCloud, but Incremental Backup gives you superior control over your data backup and retrieval.

  • Improve the rate of deleted data recovery for your device
  • Easily turn this feature on or off
  • Securely backup your device to your computer
  • Delete backups any time
  • Over 8 years iOS industry experience
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What is the best way to backup your iPhone?

Incremental backup is the best way to backup your iPhone data safely, quickly and effectively. It improves the rate of deleted data recovery from your iPhone. You can securely backup your device to your computer and delete backups or turn the feature off at any time.

Don’t worry – you’ll be able to recover data that is usually only available for recovery from an iTunes or iCloud backup, including photos, videos and WhatsApp chat history.

Why backup your iPhone?

Backing up your iphone means you can access and recover precious data when your iPhone’s integrity is compromised.

We love our iPhones but they’re not infallible. Sometimes we drop them or lose them altogether. Often we press ‘delete’ by accident and, now and again, they get water damaged.

You’ll know that sinking feeling when you realise you’ve deleted sentimental pictures. Or maybe you’re more familiar with the panic that strikes when you can’t access those work spreadsheets because you dropped your iPhone. Our iPhone Incremental Backup features will help ensure you safeguard your data and can retrieve it quickly and easily.

In addition, if you’ve got a new phone and want to transfer all your data over from your old phone, it’s necessary to have that data backed up somewhere. We’re talking all your WhatsApp chats, messages, photos, apps and preferences.

What is Incremental Backup?

Incremental backup is the term used to describe a backup that only saves the changes made to your data since the most recent backup. Incremental backup features require you to perform an initial full backup, but will follow this with Incremental Backups giving you extra levels of control over your iPhone backups and your data recovery.

Backing up only the information on your device that has changed, more frequently, has the added benefit of increasing your chances of accessing and recovering the data you need quickly

How it Works

Step 1

1st scan: Your first Incremental Backup is created

Step 2

2nd scan onwards: More recent data from your device is recovered

Step 3

Deleted Data? The software can scan your Incremental Backups to find previously backed up data

Why is Incremental Backup the best way to backup your iPhone?

If you lose your phone’s data, for whatever reason, it can be enormously time-consuming and frustrating to retrieve the lost data. There’s more to your iPhone data than photos and messages, which can be more easily tracked down and retrieved. What about your .doc files or those great apps you use daily?

When you back up your iPhone, you want to be able to recover the precise data you are looking for quickly and effectively. This might be a particular version of a file you saved, or your photos from a certain date. This is easier with Incremental Backup than through standard iTunes and iCloud iPhone backups.

Once you have decided to backup your iPhone you can use our Incremental Backup feature for:

Losing this kind of data can be a huge personal and professional blow to anyone who hasn’t backed up their iPhone effectively or frequently enough. When you sync your device with either of Apple’s standard backup tools, iTunes or iCloud, you are not able to manage individual data items or files.

How to backup your iPhone with iTunes

Apple is phasing out iTunes, so this might not be a great long-term option, but a full iTunes backup is still an option for the time being. 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:

Step 1

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From the Settings menu on the left hand side, select Summary

Step 2

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From the Backups heading, select This computer

Step 3

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When you’re ready to backup, select the blue Backup Now tab

Step 4

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You can check the Latest Backups tab to see whether the backup was a success

How to backup your iPhone with iCloud

An iCloud backup seems like a much more appropriate 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, which will automatically back up your iPhone data at regular intervals when your device is plugged into the mains, is on WiFi and has a locked screen

How to backup your iPhone with Incremental Backup

It really couldn’t be easier to get going with our incremental backups, just download our software to your Mac or Windows computer. You will need the unlocked version of the software to use the incremental backup feature.

Next steps:

  • Using your USB cable, connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your computer or laptop. The software should connect to your device automatically
  • Select the types of data that you want to include in your incremental backup and then click Start Scan.

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.

Now that you’ve completed your first backup, it is a good idea to connect your device more frequently to our software and complete a scan of your iPhone – this will allow the software to keep adding new data to the backup, reducing the scan time for your device.

Remember, your first scan may take a little time, but with incremental backup, subsequent scans will be fast as only changed data will be backed up.

Step 1: Download Enigma Recovery Software

Step one on how to backup your iphone

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

Step 2: Connect your iOS device

Step two on how to backup your iphone

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

Step 3: Choose data types for your Incremental Backup

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

Step 4: Scan your device

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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.

Step 5: Incremental Backup complete

Step five on how to backup your iphone

Once the scan is finished, you can view your iPhone files. At this point, you have the option to either restore or export your data that has been found in the scan. If you solely wanted to create a new Incremental Backup, you can close the software and disconnect your device.

Step 6: Start Backing up your device more frequently

Step six on how to backup your iphone

Now that you’ve completed your first backup, it is a good idea to connect your device more frequently to Enigma Recovery software and complete a scan of your iPhone – this will allow the software to keep adding new data to the backup, reducing the scan time for your device.

Step 7: Find Deleted iPhone Data

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If you accidentally lose or delete data from your iPhone, then you can have the peace of mind that your data can be recovered! Connect your iPhone to Enigma Recovery software and scan your device – the software will compare the current data on your iPhone to your last Incremental Backup and recover even more of your deleted data.

How to recover lost data

Simply connect your iPhone and scan your device – the software will compare the current data on your iPhone to your last Incremental Backup and efficiently recover the data you need to retrieve. With incremental backup, you can view your previous scans and recover and restore specific data items.

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 precious data. Here are some of the most common reasons a backup can fail:

  • You haven’t enough storage to backup 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 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, you are not able 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 get back your data. With Incremental Backup, you can view your previous scans and recover and restore specific data items.

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

Apple states that there is no way to recovery backed up iPhone data that has been encrypted at the point of backup if you do not have the password with which the data is protected. Here’s more on encrypted iTunes backups from Apple.

This situation could cause major heartache for anyone who realises they have lost their password when they need to recover their iPhone data. However, if you realise 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.

Our 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.

Why should I choose Enigma Recovery Incremental Backup over another provider?

Expertise

We have recovered over 1 billion deleted items from iOS devices since we launched our iOS recovery software, so all that experience is at your disposal.

Security

Our website is securely SSL encrypted and our software never shares your confidential data with anyone (including us), so your private stuff stays private.

Try Before You Buy

We offer a free trial of our desktop recovery software for you to try with your iOS device or backup file, so try our software to see what data you can find.

Support

We offer support via live chat and email.

What are the compatibility details of the Incremental Backup feature?

We are compatible with: iOS 13 – 6 | iPhone SE / 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max / XS, XS Max / XR / X / 8, 8 Plus / iPhone 7, 7 Plus / 6s, 6s Plus / 6, 6 Plus / 5C, 5s / 5 / 4s / 4 / 3GS / 3, iPad, iPod Touch

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