It is recommended to backup your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch on a regular basis. Keeping backup of your iOS device comes in handy in certain situations like something happens to the software and the device is stuck, or the device gets lost, having a backup in such situation saves you from lot of troubles. Apple lets you backup your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch either using iTunes of iCloud. In this tutorial, I am going to walk you through the process of taking iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch backup using iTunes.
What iTunes backups
When you backup your iOS device using iTunes, it backups the following stuff from your device onto your computer: almost all of your device’s settings including Mail, Contacts, Calendar accounts, Wallpaper, Favorites, and your Home screen layout. It also keeps a backup of your Camera Roll (both photos and videos), app data, ringtones, all of your SMS, MMS, and iMessages. iTunes also backup your purchased Music (not available in all countries), books, TV Shows (US only), books, and more.
What iTunes does not backup
Your stuff downloaded directly from App Store, iTunes Store, or iBooks (For that you need to transfer purchases); MP3 or CD, videos, books, and photos synced through iTunes; iCloud Photo Library photos and My Photo Stream; Touch ID, Apple Pay Settings and information; Data from health and Keychain.
Here is how to backup iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch using iTunes:
- Download and install the latest version of iTunes
- Open iTunes and plug in your device to your computer via USB
- You will have to tap Trust on your device if you are connecting it for the first time to your computer
- Clik on the device icon on the tab bar
- Select Summary from the left navigation section
- Scroll down to Backups section on the right section
- Select This Computer option under Automatically Back Up
- Finally, click on the Back Up Now
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