Backup

7 simple ways to safely back up your iPhone photos and videos

Child taking a picture of flower using iPhone

I have a friend who nearly lost all of his photos of his daughter. He had his iPhone for just about two years and he took tons of pictures of her. She wasn't even two years old yet, so basically, her whole life was on his iPhone. One day, his phone crashed, and he couldn't figure out what happened to it. His pictures were lost.

He was eventually able to recover his photos, but not without hours of work and days of anxiety. When I asked him why he didn't just back his photos up, he had no good response. Always back up your precious photos. Seriously. Always back up your photos!

Here are a few different ways to back up your photos and videos so you'll never have to face the dreaded lost memories again.

How to create a full temporary iCloud backup of your iPhone or iPad even if you don’t have available iCloud space

Extra iCloud Storage to Move Apps and Data on iPhone

Starting with iOS 15, Apple offers free, unlimited iCloud space for creating your device backup when moving to a new iPhone or iPad. It doesn't matter whether you're on the free 5GB plan or a paid iCloud plan with no free space. You get full device backup! Here's how to use temporary, unlimited iCloud storage to make a backup and transfer all your data from one iPhone to another.

How to back up your iPhone to an external drive

It's always a good idea to back up your iPhone in case you lose your device or something goes wrong with it. Most users will connect their iPhone to their Mac or PC and make a backup. However, you can also make a backup and store it on your external hard drive if your computer is running low on space.

In this article, we show you how to move or back up an iPhone to an external drive.

How to archive an iPhone backup and why you might want to

iPhone backup archive

When you backup your iPhone using a Mac, it overwrites the previous backup with the new one. Finder or iTunes does this to manage your Mac's storage and ensure only the latest backups with the newest data are saved and old ones are discarded. Overall, this sounds like a great thing, but there is a caveat.

IAmSpeed simplifies the process of backing up jailbreak tweaks for when switching jailbreaks

So you’ve built up a rock-solid jailbreak tweak arsenal that you’re certain you want to continue using for the foreseeable future. And let’s hypothetically also say that you’re the type of person who likes to rootFS restore and switch jailbreaks from time to time, just to see what works best for you.

How can you make re-installing all your jailbreak tweaks a swift and painless process after switching to a different jailbreak? Why, with a jailbreak tweak backup solution, of course!

IAmLazy makes it a breeze to back-up and restore tweaks and add-ons after switching jailbreaks

Whenever a new jailbreak tool launches, jailbreakers are often antsy to try it out. This includes those who might already be pwned by way of a different tool – such as unc0ver users when the newer Taurine tool dropped, for example.

Perhaps one of the most problematic elements of switching from one jailbreak to another is the realization that you’ll need to set up your device’s third-party add-ons all over again. Whether you’re restoring to a fresh, bone-stock installation of iOS or using the rootFS restore feature to un-jailbreak your device, you’ll still need to reinstall all your jailbreak tweaks to get up and running again.

iMazing lets you perform truly secure encrypted local backups of iOS devices

Following the revealing report by Joseph Menn for Reuters alleging that the FBI “about two years ago” pressured Apple not to encrypt iOS device backups in iCloud, many iPhone users seem unhappy with this news. As an alternative, backing up your iOS device locally using iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC (or the Finder in macOS 10.15 Catalina) lets you retain ownership over your data versus having the contents of your device uploaded to iCloud.

How to use Finder instead of iTunes on Mac to manage your devices

Manage Devices in Finder Mac

If you’ve updated your Mac to macOS Catalina, then you’ll notice a specific app missing; iTunes. You’ve probably heard that iTunes was going away, but now that it’s truly gone, you’ll have to manage your devices differently.

You might have used iTunes to back up or restore your iPhone, sync specific items with your iPad, or simply manage your devices.

The bad news is that you can’t use iTunes on Mac to do this anymore. But the good news is that there is another way and it’s super easy.

Here’s how to use Finder instead of iTunes on Mac to manage your devices.

DearMob iPhone Manager: Easily migrate data to a new iPhone [sponsor giveaway]

DearMob iPhone Manager

Everyone knows the significance of creating backups of your iPhone, whether to migrate iPhone data to a new device or to reduce the risk of losing important items. But do you perform regular backups or make sure your most vital items are saved like you should?

You might back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes every so often, and those are great options, of course. However, with a full iPhone manager like DearMob, you can do much more to ensure your data is safe and sound.

If you’re looking to accelerate data migration, need an alternative backup tool, and want a flexible option that’s safe, affordable, and easy to use, check out DearMob iPhone Manager.