The latest offering of the iOS has a few benefits but also carries a big risk. If you do not backup the data before updating, you could lose everything you have gathered in your phone. We all know how painful it gets when all our digital items go missing without a trace. Luckily, there are ways to circumvent that.
The new update to the operating system that runs many mobile devices has one main feature that makes it worth an update. If you have not updated your device just yet, your device will running a file system called HFS+ and it has been around for 29 good years. The update will be changing that to the new file system called APFS (Apple file system). The update comes with the ability to optimize solid state storage, better time stamps and stronger encryption of data. The result is a more secure device.
The moment you hit the ‘update’ button after downloading iOS 10.3, your device will start changing the files from the old version to the new one. In case anything happens during this conversion process, you will lose your data. The best way to stay safe is to have a backup of your data before updating your device. Apple gives us two ways to do that namely iCloud and iTunes.
Backing up with iCloud
- Have your device connect to a WiFi network that is reliable.
- Go to the Settings app on the device.
- Scroll till you find iCloud in the settings of your device.
- Open the Backup section at the bottom of the page. Ensure that the iCloud backup is turned on.
- Click on Backup Now and wait for the device to be backed up.
- Even when the backup is completed, ensure that it has been registered by going to the Settings, iCloud, Storage, Manage Storage. You should see a backup file with the name of your device, the time of the backup and the size of the backup.
- If anything goes wrong after your update, simply find the backup file and hit the restore button to have your data back.
Backing up with iTunes
The other method of backing up your data is through your PC or Mac. It is the method preferred by many as it allows backing up everything on your device including the apps you have.
- Connect your device through its USB cable to your Mac or PC.
- If iTunes is installed on it, it will be automatically launched.
- Click on your device in the top left of the top bar.
- If you need to back up sensitive data such as that for your health, use a password to encrypt your backup file. Otherwise, simply click on the backup now button and you are good to go.
When you need this file to restore your device, simply click on the restore button in iTunes with your device connected to the computer.