How to back up your iPhone before an iOS update

Before a major iOS update, it is essential to back up your iPhone, otherwise Apple customers risk losing old text messages and photos.

Apple will release its new iOS 17 in the coming weeks, its biggest update in 12 months.

Apple customers can back up their devices using iCloud or iTunes


Apple customers can back up their devices using iCloud or iTunesPhoto credit: Apple

There are a number of things iPhone owners should do before installing a new iOS – and backing up their device is one of the most important.

In the past, people have complained that they lost data such as old messages, photos and videos after an update.

Luckily, there are two ways to back up your iPhone before an iOS update: iCloud or iTunes.

This can also help free up additional storage space to make room for the new operating system.

How to backup your iPhone with iCloud

The easiest way to back up your iPhone is wirelessly over Wi-Fi using iCloud.

To do this, simply follow the steps below:

  • Connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network
  • Go to Settings > tap [your name] at the top and tap “iCloud.” If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier: Go to Settings, scroll down and tap iCloud
  • Tap iCloud Backup (or just Backup if you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier). Make sure iCloud Backup is turned on.
  • Tap Backup Now. Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process is complete.

How to backup your iPhone with iTunes

If you prefer to connect your iPhone to your laptop or PC and update it using iTunes, it’s just as easy.

  • Open iTunes and connect your iPhone to your computer
  • If you see a message asking for your passcode or “Trust this computer” option, follow the on-screen steps
  • Select your iPhone when it appears in the iTunes sidebar
  • Click Backup Now
  • When the process is complete, iTunes will display the date and time of the last backup.

If you always have iCloud turned on, you may find that your backup is up to date as the process starts automatically every day.

However, since we use our phones regularly and clutter up storage space with pictures and videos, it’s worth checking regularly – especially before you update iOS.

There is also a chance that something could go wrong during the update process. This makes it even more important to have a backup copy of your data.

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TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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