By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 12, 2016
Every time you set up a new iOS device, you should create a backup of it so that when things go wrong, you can easily restore your device’s settings and contents to a point in time when everything worked right.
There are two ways to back up a device: 1) through iCloud, or 2) through iTunes. Either way, you’ll get a way to get back to your current state of iOS whenever problems arise if you create a backup.
In this piece, we’ll explain in detail the backup process for both of the aforementioned methods. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Nov 17, 2015
If you selected to use iCloud for backing up your iOS device during its initial set up, then most apps you install will have their settings automatically backed up in iCloud on a regular basis. This can be pretty handy in case you restore your iPhone or iPad from a backup because you won’t have to set up all your apps preferences again.
But what if you don’t want certain apps to automatically be backed up in iCloud? As it turns out, it’s pretty simple to handpick what apps can or cannot be backed up in iCloud. We show you how. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Oct 3, 2015
Yesterday I decided to look at when my new iPhone 6s backed up to iCloud for the last time when I realized that it hadn’t actually been backed up since September 25, which coincidentally was the first day I got this new device.
I imagined it was just a small hiccup in iCloud, and proceeded to manually initiate an iCloud backup by tapping on “Back Up Now” in Settings > iCloud > Backup. At first, it appeared to work fine as it would show the “Backing Up…” status with the usual “Estimating Time Remaining” message. But after a few seconds, the backup would stop and it would show the following error message: “the last backup could not be completed.”
No matter what I’d do, it kept telling me my iPhone backup couldn’t be completed. The problem appeared to be a little more complex than a simple reboot, but I eventually figured it out.
In this post, I will highlight some of the steps you can take if you are seeing a similar error. Although I cannot guarantee it, I’m pretty confident these steps could actually fix most problems related to iCloud. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Sep 26, 2015
Transitioning to a new iPhone is made simple by iCloud backups, iTunes, and a few clicks or taps. Apple ensures it is easy to move from a fully loaded and setup device to a completely fresh iPhone with the same information, using their backup options. Most laypeople, almost always choose to restore new iPhones from their backups; however, more technically inclined concerned people tend to start with a fresh iPhone and do not restore from backup to prevent carrying over any unwanted information.
Earlier this week Christian highlighted two methods for upgrading to a new device and retaining your Activity and Health data. Method #1: use a third-party app to import your Health data, but it lacks Activity logs. Method #2: backing up your old device to iCloud or iTunes and restoring from backup, as I’ve described above.
But, what if you want both your Activity and Health data, but a fresh setup too? Step inside to learn how to install both, yet only, your previous device’s Activity and Health data on your new iPhone. Read More
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By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2015
Whether you’ve just purchased your second or third Apple Watch, or have wiped your existing device clean, at some point you’ll probably want to restore it from a backup to continue right where you left off, especially if personalizing the device’s many settings all over again isn’t your definition of fun.
A little planning ahead goes a long way toward being prepared so it may be a good idea to learn what is and what isn’t stored in your Apple Watch backup. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2015
Similar to iPhones, iPads and iPods, settings and data on your Apple Watch can be backed up and restored should, Godforbid, anything go wrong or you’re just setting up a new Watch from a backup.
Restoring from a backup, if you have any, can save you the hassles of setting up the device anew, especially after having it repaired or erased because you’ve forgotten the passcode or have entered the wrong one six times in a row.
Unlike the existing backup options on iOS devices, the process is slightly different on Apple Watch. In this post, I’m going to explain how you can back up your Apple Watch safely and restore it from a backup point, especially after erasing the device or unpairing it from the connected iPhone. Read More
By iDB Deals on Mar 26, 2015
Cloud backup is a must for anyone with a ton of data used across multiple devices. Even if you’re a single-device user (hard to believe in this day and age), cloud backup is important to keeping your data safe and secure. But most backup services have strict limits on how much data you can backup, making the consumer’s life a lot more difficult. With our latest deal, you can get 2 years of unlimited cloud backup from SOS Online Backup at an incredible price: just $45, which adds up to 67% off the normal price. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 21, 2015
A few days ago, we showed you a detailed walkthrough video of iOS 8.2’s Activity App. Today, we’ll show you how you can go hands-on with this brand new app.
In the tutorial that follows, we’ll walk you through each step needed to get the iOS 8.2 Apple Watch Activity app running on your iPhone today, even though the Apple Watch is still weeks from releasing. No jailbreak required. Read More
By iDB Deals on Feb 21, 2015
As each year passes and mobile technology advances, our mobile devices become increasingly essential to our lives, holding everything from apps and media files to documents, photos, contacts, and more. That makes consistent backups a necessary safety precaution. With this deal, you can get a lifetime of reliable mobile backups from IDrive for just $10 at iDownloadBlog Deals. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Dec 16, 2014
Samsung called us iPhone users wall huggers in their recent commercial attacks. Sure, we charge fairly frequently, but iPhone owners just like using their device more and do it more frequently. Right? Sometimes that leads to a low battery. Even with an iPhone 6 Plus touting about 10 usage hours before depleting, I sometimes find myself in scenarios where additional charge is critical.
There are loads of battery backups on the market. Just walking into a 7-11 convenient store will reveal small stick sized charging devices for a few bucks. But, a backup is one of those you-get-what-you-pay-for experiences. Take a look inside for details on Outdoor Tech’s Kodiak Power Bank. Read More
By iDB Staff on Sep 17, 2014
We previously wrote a guide on how to setup a new iPhone from an iCloud backup, but that is limited by the fact that Apple only gives you 5 GB of free storage. If you have more than 5 GB of music, apps and other data, and you do not wish to pay for additional iCloud storage, you will have to resort to an iTunes backup. Read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to setup a new iPhone from an iTunes backup.
By iDB Staff on Sep 17, 2014
I know quite a few iPhone users that upgrade their smartphone once every few years, often coinciding with the two-year contract they locked into with AT&T or other carriers. For some reason, a lot of these people seem to think that transferring all of their content over to the new iPhone is a daunting task. In reality, the process is actually fairly simple. Read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to restore an iCloud backup on a new iPhone. Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 16, 2014
Last week, Apple announced that it would be releasing the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8, on September 17th. Of course, developers have been testing the new software since June, but this is the first time it will be available to the public.
As such, we’ve been getting a lot of questions from readers who want to know what they need to do to prepare for tomorrow’s release. Rather than answer each person individually, we created this quick guide on how to ensure your devices are ready for iOS 8. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Aug 2, 2014
Manually backing up your iPhone, or taking advantage of iCloud automatic backups, is the best way to guarantee that you will be able to get all your data back in the event something goes wrong.
Whether you choose to backup via iTunes or iCloud, you might want to delete this backup at some point. Maybe the backup file got corrupted, or maybe you’re running out of storage space on your Mac or in iCloud. Or maybe you have an entirely different reason to delete your iPhone or iPad backup file.
Whatever the reason is, we’ve got you covered. In this post, we will learn how to delete an iPhone backup from a Mac and we’ll also see how to delete a backup file from iCloud… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 25, 2014
The free OneDrive app for the iPhone and iPad (formerly SkyDrive) has just gotten a lot better with features like photo backups in the background and other perks that allow you to do more from your phone.
And thanks to proper support for Microsoft’s mobile Office apps, getting your photos and videos into OneDrive to import them into your Office projects on the iPhone and iPad is a trivial affair now.
That’s the gist of a blog post Microsoft somewhat hastily put together today to counter a Google Drive app update and a plethora of announcements that have been coming out of Google I/O since this morning… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 19, 2014
For the past few weeks, my iPhone has prompted me with an annoying message about how iCloud does not have enough space to continue backing up the device. Apparently I need an additional 2.1 GB of storage to backup my iPhone, but I would rather not pay for a higher tier than the free 5 GB of storage that Apple provides by default.
If you’re in the same shoes as me, there is actually a simple solution. Apple makes it easy to delete your iCloud backups right on your iPhone. You can even manage how your backups work so that you are only backing up essential data. Read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to delete old iCloud backups on iPhone… Read More
By Jim Gresham on Jan 26, 2014
Right before leaving for CES, I received a survival pack from Incipio. CES survival is not necessarily about human survival, as much as it is about gadget survival. Opening the survival kit revealed an offGRID iPhone 5 Backup Battery Case and the offGRID Portable Backup Battery, both of which came in handy on my trip. An iPhone must eat too and at a large day-long event where signal is weak, battery juice drains like a leaking faucet.
Having portable power is essential when traveling or even if your older iPhone battery is not fit. Long plane rides are murder on an iOS device when chain smoking videos and Infinity Blade III sessions. Save yourself a dead device and take along a backup battery that is light and powerful… Read More