The just released and hotly awaited Apple iOS upgrade 6.0 is finally available. Many users can't wait to upgrade to iOS 6. While most iOS updates and downgrades install without any problems, preserving your existing data, making a backup of iOS 6 devices is always a sensible precaution. And one that saves us the future risk of losing data from iOS devices. Now let's get to see how to backup iOS 6 devices (including iPhone, iPad, iPod).
Apple provides users iTunes and iCloud to backup iDevices, however, there is some limits of iTunes and iCloud. iTunes backup file is a series of SQLITEDB files which cannot be read on your computer, only readable after you transfer these files to your iDevices through iTunes. Besides, many Apple users reports that iTunes make files disappeared sometimes.
iCloud acts as a server for storing backup data on the other end, however, it only offers 5 GB free space. For extra space, you will have to pay. As far as I am concerned, a local backup is important. I'd rather backup iOS 6 to PC before upgrade or jailbreak, which I think is safer and more convenient if I want these data.
One way to backup iOS 6 devices to PC is using iTunes backup files. Though iTunes backup files are not readable, we could make it readable and then transfer these readable files to computer with the help of iTunes Data Recovery. The tool has been hot among Apple users for its great power in helping users backup iOS 6 contacts, photos, SMS, notes, safari bookmark, etc. to PC with easy 3 steps.
Double click the icon of iTunes Data Recovery to launch the program. It will find all the backup files by itself and then list them on the program interface, on the condition that you have backed up or synched your iOS device with iTunes before. Select you iOS 6 backup files and then click "Start Scan".
As scanning finishes, you are allowed to view SMS, contacts, notes, call history, safari bookmark, and other files and select the ones you need to backup by category. For instance, if you need to backup iOS 6 SMS, select SMS from the category list on the left on the interface.
One last step: Click "Recover" and select a path to save the backup on your computer.
iTunes Data Recovery for Mac is designed for Mac users to backup iOS 6 devices on Mac. It has the same steps of use with iTunes Data Recovery for Windows, which is described in the above paragraphs.
An easier way to backup iOS 6 is to transfer all your iOS 6 contents to PC directly from iOS 6 devices. You may notice that Apple does not allow us transfer anything to iDevices without iTunes; however, if you have some software tools things will be different. iPhone Data Recovery could do this for us. And it could work on all our iDevices including iPhone, iPad, and iPod. We will take iPhone 5 with iOS 6 for an example to show you how to backup iPhone before iOS 6 upgrade or jailbreak.
Step 1. Click "Start Scan" to start scanning for files including contacts, messages, call history, calendar, voice memo, etc. that you want to backup.
Step 2. Click "Recover" to back up all selected files to computer.
For safety concern of data, backup iOS 6 iPhone to PC is highly suggested. You must have some idea on how to backup iOS 6 after reading this post. Feel free to choose either of the ways to backup your iOS 6 data. If you're going to update to iOS 7, see how to backup iOS data before iOS 7 update.