5 Easy Steps: How To 100% Safely Backup Before You Upgrade To iOS 7.

iOS7, the biggest software upgrade to iPhone since it’s inception is here along with 2 new iPhone models 5s & 5c, and it’s created quite a huge buzz, a mix of positive and negative.

Before you upgrade your device, you should seriously do a full backup.

Also for those of you who are purchasing the new iPhone 5s and 5c, 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 iOS7 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!

Backup iPhone

Well you are here because you have asked yourself the question so many other iPhone users have which is how to:

Backup iPhone

Having a backup of your Apple device is helpful. It keeps all downloads, contact information, photos, messages, call log and more. It is always advisable to make a backup of your data on the Cloud or a PC. You can use them later if you have to move them to a new device or to the same device after a restore.

Obviously some of these steps are going to be unnecessary for certain users, so just skip the steps that do not apply to you.  You will know which do or do not apply.

  1. Install Apple iTunes onto your computer.
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  2. Create an Apple ID.
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  3. Open Apple iTunes software on your computer or laptop, and sign in with your Apple ID.
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  4. Power On your iPhone device and connect to your computer running iTunes using the appropriate Apple Cord.
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  5. Locate your device Icon in iTunes on the left menu and click on it.
    PC Users Press (CTRL + S), Mac Users (CTRL + RIGHT CLICK) to toggle the side bar.
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  6. You should now see information about your iPhone and a Backups box right beneath it.
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  7. Choose how you want to back up your data.  You have two options.
    #1 – Backup to your computer.
    #2 – Backup to iCloud.  You are only allowed to back up 5 GB’s worth of data for free.  Anything over that amount will cost you money to increase your storage size.
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  8. Hit the Back Up Now button.

On top of iTunes, you will see the progress of the operation. You must wait a few minutes for it to be ready. When iTunes is finished, the bar will fill and then disappear. That means the backup process is over.

To verify that the backup was done correctly, in the menu bar, click on “iTunes”, then “Preferences” and you will see your devices name next to the time the backup was created. If you have made the backup more than once, it will be differentiated by date. If you have multiple backups of different gadgets, you can recognize them by name.

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Step by Step iCloud Backup for iPhone

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The use of iCloud to sync data from your iPhone to your computer is essential if you want your data to be effectively uploaded to your account. This process allows you to create a backup file that you can access anytime and anywhere as long as there is a computer unit or a mobile gadget with Internet access.

iCloud is Apple’s innovative cloud storage service, and it offers 5GB of free storage for its users. An upgrade is required for additional storage and available with an annual fee.

One of the latest iOS 5 features is the ability to backup iPad, iPhone and ipod Touch to iCloud. With this feature, you can easily access your data such as calendar events, contacts and images wherever you are. iCloud ensures that your data are safe and copied incessantly to remote storage for backup.

Use of iCloud as your backup destination allows you to quickly and easily restore a backup anytime and anywhere you have to. This eliminates the need to wait until you can connect your iPhone to iTunes if you want to perform restoration from backup.

If you are one of those people who are asking: How do I backup my iPhone to iCloud?  Here is a step by step guide.

Enable iCloud Backup

During the installation process of iOS 5 on an iPhone, you will be asked if you want to backup your device to either iTunes or iCloud. The simplest way to setup backup is to choose iCloud when you are prompted to do this.

In case you have already gone through the process and you have not chosen iCloud during the initial setup, you can still have your iPhone remotely backed up to iCloud by following these steps:

  1. On your iPhone, open the Setting Apps
  2. From the option list, choose iCloud
  3. From the settings page of iCloud, scroll down and click Storage and Backup
  4. On the next page, select iCloud Backup option for On

Your iCloud backup storage service starts, and it automatically backs up your accounts, documents, settings and camera rolls whenever your iPhone is connected to the Internet.

If you want to know when your iPhone successfully backed up, just follow steps 1, 2 and 3. Instead of sliding the On option, just scroll down a little bit more. Under the option for back UP Now, you will find the last time your iPhone backup was successfully completed.

Manual iPhone backup to iCloud

It is also possible to manually backup your iPhone to iCloud, just follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings App
  2. Select iCloud
  3. Scroll down, select Storage and Backup
  4. Scroll down, click Back Up Now

These steps will begin a backup process that will send your iPhone iOs data directly to the iCloud servers.
Following these steps will start a backup process and send your iOS data to Apple’s iCloud Servers. This is an essential process in case you need to make significant changes or try out new software on your iPhone and you are not sure with how the changes will affect your iOS device.