Manually Backing up your iOS device | iLounge Tips

Manually Backing up your iOS device

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Tips Categories: iPad, iPhone, iPod, iTunes

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With the release of iOS 6 scheduled for next week, it’s a good idea to make sure you have a current backup of your device before taking the update plunge. While most iOS updates install without any problems, preserving your existing data, making a backup is always a sensible precaution. iOS 5 devices can be configured to use either iTunes or iCloud for automatic backups, but not both. However, if you’re normally backing up to iCloud, you can still easily make a manual backup in iTunes any time you like; simply right-click on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in the iTunes Devices list and select “Back Up” and iTunes will immediately make an on-demand backup of your device, even if you’re normally backing up to iCloud. Automatic backups to iCloud occur once every 24 hours provided your device is plugged in and on a Wi-Fi network, however you can also check the last backup time for your iCloud Backup and force a manual backup to iCloud as well by going into the Settings app on your device and choosing iCloud, Storage & Backup and scrolling down to the bottom.

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Thank you. This was really helpful.

Posted by Airion on December 2, 2013 at 8:36 AM (PDT)

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