We all get excited whenever Apple releases a new iOS version mostly because the new update often comes with a lot of cool new features and functions. But if you’ve been using iPhone or iPad for a while, you should know that sometimes a new update can also come with a lot of bugs that may cause issues with your iOS device.
Usually, there is a risk of data loss when upgrading your iPhone or iPad’s system software. With the newly released iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, it is always a good idea to get a full backup of your device to avoid losing any previous photos, contacts or messages. And this article will walk you through the detailed steps on how to backup iPhone/iPad before upgrading to iOS 16.
Basically, there are 3 methods to do this: through iTunes, iCloud or third-party iOS data backup tool. Each method can meet your needs to backup all contents on your iPhone or iPad.
If you have a large amount of data on your iPhone or iPad, iTunes (or Finder) is a great option to make a full backup. The process is very simple, just follow these steps below:
To restore the iTunes backup, you need to connect the iPhone/iPad to computer and tap on 'Restore Backup' button on the Summary interface.
This Apple tool has its own shortcomings. Some of them include the following:
Apple offers 5GB of free iCloud storage for every iPhone/iPad user. If you don’t have enough space in your iCloud account, you can free up or upgrade your iCloud storage. Here’s how to backup data to iCloud before upgrading to iOS 16:
To restore iPhone with the iCloud backup, you need to erase the iPhone data first to factory reset the device, it will then take you to the setup process. You can choose the option of 'Restore from iCloud Backup' to proceed.
Just like iTunes, iCloud also has some shortcomings, including the following:
If you would like a far more effective and easier way to back up all the data on your iPhone or iPad before an update, you can try a professional data backup tool - FoneGeek iOS Data Backup & Restore. This tool gives you total control over the backup process, allowing you to select the files you want to backup and even where you’d like to store the backup.
Step 1: Download and install the program on to your computer and then launch it. From the options in the main window, click on "Backup & Restore" to begin.
Step 2: In the next window, select the types of data you would like to backup and then click "Backup". Keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete.
Step 3: The whole process takes just a few minutes. Once the backup is completed, you can click "View Backup Data" to view and check the contents in the backup file.
Advantages of FoneGeek iOS Data Backup & Restore:
If there are sensitive information on your iPhone or iPad, you will be glad to know that two-factor authentication can be used to protect the iCloud backups. You can go to Apple ID control panel to activate this feature.
For iTunes backup, you can choose to protect the iTunes backup with a password when performing the backup.
In this article we have shown you how to backup your iPhone or iPad before upgrading to iOS 16 using iTunes, iCloud and FoneGeek Backup & Restore (iOS). Choose the one which best meets your own situation and then continue installing iOS 16 on your device. If somethings goes wrong, you’ll be able to restore your iPhone/iPad data from the backup.
Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.
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