Applies to: All version of iOS
Pre-requisite is to have iTunes already installed. If you don’t have it go here https://www.apple.com/itunes/
- Open iTunes and connect your device to your computer.
- If a message asks for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, follow the onscreen steps.
- Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod when it appears in iTunes.
- If you want to save Health and Activity data from your iOS device or Apple Watch, you need to encrypt your backup: Select the box called Encrypt [device] backup and create a memorable password.Write down your password and store it somewhere safe, because there’s no way to recover your iTunes backups without this password.
If you don’t need to save your Health and Activity data, you can make a backup that isn’t encrypted. Just click Back Up Now.
- After the process ends, you can see if your backup finished successfully in iTunes Preferences > Devices. (If you’re using iTunes for Windows, choose Edit > Preferences > Devices from the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window.) You should see the name of your device with the date and time that iTunes created the backup. If you encrypted your backup, you should also see beside the name of your device.
Note: this method will also backup all your applications history. A good example of this is text messages or iMessages, Whatsapp etc…
Don’t want to go through the hassle of a computer? Check out this post instead –
How to backup my iPhone using iCloud?