iOS op­tions

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With iOS apps get­ting more able, we’re stor­ing ever-larger amounts of data on iPads and iPhones. If your Mac’s run­ning Yosemite and logged into iCloud, any­thing you store there from an iCloud-ready app on an iOS de­vice will be backed up to Time Ma­chine. But what about ev­ery­thing else?

iTunes hand­ily makes a backup of your iOS de­vice ev­ery time you sync it. You can set it to store this lo­cally or on iCloud through the iTunes in­ter­face (click the iOS de­vice in the bar be­low the play­back progress panel, then pick ei­ther iCloud or This Com­puter in the Sum­mary page’s Back­ups panel). But re­mem­ber, iCloud ac­counts only in­clude 5GB of free stor­age. Af­ter that, it’s be­tween 79p and £14.99 a month for 20GB to 1TB of ad­di­tional stor­age. Pho­tos don’t count against your quota.

If you’re any­thing like us, though, you’ll rarely connect your de­vice to your Mac, in­stead down­load­ing apps and con­tent di­rectly. If so, set your de­vice to back up over Wi-Fi ev­ery time it’s plugged in, switched on and your Mac’s run­ning iTunes. Do so by con­nect­ing it to your Mac (for the last time), start­ing iTunes and click­ing the iPhone or iPad icon. Scroll to the Op­tions panel at the bot­tom of the de­vice set­tings page and check the box be­side ‘Sync with this iPhone / iPad over Wi-Fi’.

Back up your iOS de­vices reg­u­larly to pro­tect your data from theft and loss.

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