Apple iPhone 8/8+ – How to Backup
If you have an iPhone 8 or 8+, it is easy to create amazing photos and videos. Your phone also stores your music, your conversations, and your downloads. But if your phone gets stolen or damaged, you could lose everything.
Creating regular backups may feel like a chore. Worse yet, some backup methods can also slow your phone down. However, taking the effort to back up your data is more than worth it.
There are many different ways to back up your data on the iPhone 8/8+. Here’s a quick look at some of your options.
How to Make iCloud Backups
If you own an iPhone 8 or 8+, you can use Apple’s iCloud to make backups. This is an online data storage platform connected to your Apple ID.
Here is how you can turn on the iCloud backup option:
1. Make Sure Your Wi-Fi Is Turned On
You definitely don’t want to use this backup method if you’re relying on your cellular data.
2. Select Settings
3. Go into iCloud
4. Select iCloud Backup
If you want to enable automatic backups, switch on iCloud Backup. If you also want to do a manual backup, just select Back Up Now to immediately copy your data to iCloud.
Because all you need is a wi-fi connection, iCloud is by far the most convenient backup method for the iPhone 8/8+. What’s more, if you opt for automatic backups, you won’t have to think about the process at all.
However, this method has a significant downside. Namely, you don’t get to choose which data gets backed up on iCloud. This method only saves:
The photos and videos you made
Your phone settings
If you lose your phone, you will thus have to replace many of your media files. Also, you can’t rely on iCloud backups to save your apps or app data.
Another major downside is that the free iCloud storage is limited to 5 GB. If you own an iPad, it may be using the same storage space. So if you need to back up more data from your Apple Devices, you will have to pay a fee to extend your storage.
Using iTunes for Backups
Instead of relying on cloud storage, some users prefer to transfer their files to a computer.
Apple created iTunes to make file transfer easier. If you own a Mac, this app is already installed on it. If you’re a PC user, you have to download iTunes from Apple’s website.
So start with downloading iTunes if you don’t already have it on your computer. To back up your iPhone 8/8+, follow these steps:
1. Log in to Your iTunes Account on Your Computer
2. Connect Your Phone to Your Computer
Use a USB cable to establish a connection.
3. Click the Device Button on Your Computer
4. Select File Sharing
Now you can select what kind of data you want to back up. This is your best option for transferring books, movies, and music.
5. Select a Data Category
6. Click on Save To
7. Select a Location
Choose where you want to keep your backups on your computer and click on Save to.
Your files will quickly transfer to your PC or your Mac. iTunes is the best option for backing up large files, but you should repeat the backup process regularly, which is time-consuming.
A Final Thought
In addition to these two options, you can also use third-party apps to make backups. Many people also use a combination of two or more different backup options. Ultimately, you should go for whatever is most convenient for you.