Back up to iTunes and iCloud

Top tips for more ef­fec­tively man­ag­ing your iPhone and iPad

Mac Format - - CLEAN UP YOUR MAC -

At the start of this fea­ture, we rec­om­mended back­ing up your Mac prior to getting into any se­ri­ous clean­ing and tidy­ing up – just in case you delete some­thing you shouldn’t.

With iOS de­vices, things aren’t quite that sim­ple. Your iCloud backup – as­sum­ing you’re mak­ing one – is an on­go­ing thing; make changes to your de­vice and they will be up­loaded dur­ing your next backup cy­cle. You can, how­ever, man­u­ally backup to iTunes, and then in the De­vices sec­tion of iTunes

click and archive a backup, or show it in Fin­der and man­u­ally copy it to an ex­ter­nal hard drive.

Be aware, though, that back­ups do not in­clude ev­ery­thing you might ex­pect, and not all back­ups are the same. No iOS de­vice back­ups will con­tain apps. You’re there­fore re­liant on one still be­ing avail­able on the App Store should you wish to re­in­stall it – for ex­am­ple, if you’ve pre­vi­ously off­loaded it to free up space. When mak­ing back­ups to iTunes, you should also choose to en­crypt the backup. Do­ing so means that ac­count pass­words, Health data and HomeKit data will be in­cluded, rather than ig­nored.

In­ves­ti­gate iMaz­ing (£34.99, imaz­ing. com) if you want to store back­ups of app files, rather than just their data. This is a good idea if you have par­tic­u­lar favourites and would be mor­ti­fied if you couldn’t re­store them, or have been alerted by a devel­oper that a spe­cific app is go­ing away. Nat­u­rally, such apps may not be com­pat­i­ble with fu­ture de­vices any­way, but you don’t want to be in the sit­u­a­tion of delet­ing an app or game, im­me­di­ately wish­ing you hadn’t, and then dis­cov­er­ing you can no longer re­in­stall it from the App Store.

Back­ing up is easy, but don’t as­sume all back­ups are equal, or that they con­tain ev­ery­thing.

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