Top 3 Ways to Backup iPhone/iPad before iOS 12/11 Update

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Now iOS 11 is officially met to the eye. The brand new design and advanced features have attracted millions of people to give it a try. Before you download and install iOS 11 on your device, we strongly recommend you to make a full backup of iPhone/iPad in advance just case that your iPhone gets stuck on Apple logo, recovery mode, reboot loop and won’t restore. In this article, we will share 3 ways to backup iPhone data before iOS 12/11 update, same for iPad.

Note: This article also supports to backup iOS 12 devices.

Method 1: Backup iPhone/iPad with iTunes

iTunes should be the first thought coming to your mind when mentioning backup iOS data before upgrade or restore. Truly, iTunes can get this job done, though in a less satisfying way. To backup your iPhone, iPad using iTunes before installing iOS 11, do the following:

1.Launch iTunes and update it to newest version if there is any to avoid unnecessary iTunes errors, then connect your iPhone or iPad with it. Click the device icon when detected.

2.Go to Summary > Backups. Check Automatically Back Up to This Computer and Encrypt iPhone backup if you want to sync Health data, account passwords as well. Create a password to protect your personal data if encrypted backup is enabled. After that click Back Up Now.

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Tips: If you accidently forget encrypted iTunes backup password, you can try a third-party software iPhone Backup Unlocker to recover iTunes backup password.

Method 2: Backup iOS Device to iCloud before Software Update

Likewise, iCloud is a good helper to prepare a backup for iPhone or iPad before upgrade to iOS 12/11. A steady Wi-Fi network and enough storage space are required in order to successfully backup with iCloud.

On iOS 10.3 iPhone, iPad: go to Settings > Your profile > iCloud > iCloud Backup > Back Up Now.
If you are using iOS 10.2 and earlier devices, go to Settings > iCloud > Backup > Back Up Now.

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However, one thing you should already know is that iCloud has only 5GB free storage, which is absolutely far from enough to store large backup files. Hence you will need to buy more iCloud storage.

Method 3: Best Way to Backup iPhone and iPad Data for iOS 12/11

Except for using iTunes or iCloud to create a backup for iOS 11, there is another way you can take into consideration. That is iOS Data Manager, a PC-based software that allows users to systematically manage iOS files. With it you can decide whether to back up all iPhone data or selectively pick up certain data like app or photos only.

To backup iPhone data without iTunes or iCloud ,free download and install this free iPhone backup software on your Windows or Mac computer and connect your iOS device with it. Navigate Backup & Restore section and select which type of data you would like to backup before updating to iOS 12/11.

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This program will start backing up the selected data on your device. It will backup iPhone/iPad data to computer.

Comparison between iTunes, iCloud and iOS Data Manager - Free Backup




iOS Data Manager - Backup

Up to date backup for iPhone, iPad

Create encrypted backup



Selectively backup particular files



Readable backup files

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No network required during backup ×
Backup without iOS device passcode × ×
Apply to all iOS device, including iOS 12/11 iPhone X and iPhone 8/8 Plus

That’s all about how to backup iPhone data before upgrade iOS 12/11. Hope you can get iOS 12/11 smoothly installed on your device.

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to iOS 11 Update Follow @Jerry Cook