iOS8 is here and it applies to the iPhone 4, 4s, 5s, 5c and the new 6 and 6 Plus. You should back up your current iOS7 before upgrading, so here are some easy to follow free instructions.
Before you upgrade your device, you should seriously do a full backup.
Also for those of you who are purchasing the new iPhone, and want to transfer all your precious contents from one phone to another safely you’ll want to make sure to read this entire post.
I want to cover the most common situations that are bound to happen with the arrival of the new update and phones and what to do BEFORE you upgrade or trade in your device.
Step 1.) Backup Everything To Your Computer FIRST
Even if you have iCloud it’s not the best place to start with a back up. Why? First of all, since it’s very likely that you have the free version of iCloud, you only have 5GB of room to work with. That’s not enough for most people. If you place all your big files (pics/vids/music) onto your computer, you can save your 5GB for the more important and permanent stuff like your contacts list for your iCloud backup.
Secondly, iCloud is complicated! Just take a look at the long list of iCloud backup problems & issues that people have posted about even on my blog. So my first recommendation is to get your phone backed up to a place that has enough space to completely back up everything…your computer or laptop. Besides, if you have the cloud, you can do both, so make sure to backup to your computer first!
*GUESS WHAT: Backing Up Your iPhone Using iTunes Sucks….WHY?
You can find step by step instructions on backing up the contents of your phone with iTunes here, but again, a long list of problems and issues come up because Apple iTunes is difficult to use and is only good for a single user. That’s retarded! Many people have multiple devices and more than one person in a household! Plus iTunes won’t let you upload non purchased music, it tries to do weird sync stuff that you don’t understand why it’s doing, and it’s just….terrible actually. Surprising because iPhones, iPad and iPods are amazing!
So what I suggest here is a 3rd party software called Mobile Go by Wondershare. Why these guys?
First of all, they allow you to do something that iTunes won’t! Load your device with music and video incompatible with iTunes! For this reason alone this software is totally worth it. But as far as backing up data, check out this amazing list of options:
- PC/MAC to iTunes or iTunes to PC/MAC – You can transfer songs, videos, playlists, iTunes U and podcasts to or from your computer and iTunes. It’s two way and it’s EASY!
- iDevice to PC/MAC or PC/MAC to iDevice – MobileGo works with iPhones, iPads & iTunes to transfer photos and albums.
- Contacts Manger – You can easily import, export de-duplicate and sync your contacts with Outlook.
And here’s a 20% off link to getting this software, which is only $40 bucks or you can even start with a free trial.
Step 2.) Ok NOW Backup to iCloud
Ok smarty pants, now that you have a safely backed up version of your entire phone on your computer, you can clean out all the crap off your phone that you don’t want on there and save yourself a TON of room when backing up to iCloud. What’s that? You don’t know how to delete stuff from your phone easily? Check out the Wondershare link up above. Make your life simple.
Step 3.) Upgrade To iOS 7 Once Steps 1 & 2 Are Done!
Ok now that you are backed up on your computer, you have all the bigger files saved to your PC/MAC and you have a secondary backup of your permanent stuff (contacts etc) on iCloud you are 100% bulletproof safe! Now you can upgrade to iOS8 without a fear of losing a single byte of data.
Step 4.) iPhone To iPhone or Other Device to iPhone Transfer
So if you are in the situation where you want to move all your data from one phone to another, whether it be an iPhone to iPhone, non-iPhone to iPhone or iPhone to non-iPhone, once again I highly suggest going the simple route and using 3rd party software that was designed to make your life more simple and quick. Get a copy of MobileTrans by Wondershare. Yes the same makers as MobileGo (and yes still the 20% off link).
This software opens up kind of like an FTP software (if you know what that is) and has a screen with your one phone on the left, and your other on the right. You simply drag and drop the contents you want from one phone to another.
Mobile Trans supports over 2000 phones including Droid, Symbian, iPhone, Android etc.
Step 5.) If You Screwed It Up
It’s bound to happen to some people. You may lose important data that you wanted to keep and that seriously sucks! Well in the event that you perform an upgrade or a backup that didn’t go to plan, you can actually recover lost data with the same family of software makers, Wondershare. Are you starting to see the pattern that these guys got you covered?
Dr Fone by Wondershare helps you to recover up to 12 types of deleted data from your iPhone, iPad and iPods. This one’s so cool that even if you tried to Jailbreak your iPhone and screwed it up, you can recover lost data. Pretty rad.
Well that’s it! I think that about covers the safest way to make sure NONE of your data gets deleted on an upgrade. Follow that procedure and you’ll totally be fine!