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.